Ex-SBAC Mark Watson joins Cathay Pacific's new Environmental Affairs Office
Dr Mark Watson, Manager, Environmental Affairs, Cathay Pacific
Thu 8 Jan 2009 – Dr Mark Watson has joined Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong as Manager, Environmental Affairs. Having previously been Head of Environmental Affairs at the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC), Dr Watson returns to Asia working in a front-line role addressing the key challenges of aviation and climate change for one of the region’s leading airlines. His new post involves working on a range of strategy and policy-related initiatives aimed at reducing emissions, both on the ground and in the air, including long term technology acquisition and deployment, as well as supporting the company’s overall sustainability and CSR agenda.
Mark joins the airline’s recently established Environmental Affairs Office under the leadership of General Manager, Environmental Affairs, Dominic Purvis, who brings extensive airline knowledge and experience to the post. The team has also been strengthened by the appointment of Janice Lao as Environment Manager, who previously worked in carbon trading in London and for environmental consultants ERM.
Commenting on his appointment, Dr Watson said: “I’ve always wanted to work for an international airline which places genuine importance on tackling the challenges and embracing the opportunities around the environment and to be part of a market where aviation is seen as a vital part of economic and social development. Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong were therefore the obvious choices on both counts.
“CX has a unique and positive culture with a talented and motivated staff and the company has placed environment at the top of its agenda going forward. With the resources now in place, it’s up to us to deliver. We’re under no illusion as to the scale and complexity of the tasks ahead, but it’s an exciting time and we believe that we can establish Cathay Pacific as a leader in this field.”