The Classy Investors

  /  Stock   /  El Al Israel Airlines chairman steps down for medical reasons

El Al Israel Airlines chairman steps down for medical reasons

imageStock Markets20 hours ago (Aug 16, 2020 10:40AM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An Israel El Al airlines plane is seen after its landing following its inaugural flight between Tel Aviv and Nice at Nice international airport

By Steven Scheer

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The chairman of El Al Israel Airlines (TA:ELAL), Eli Defes, is stepping down immediately because of an undisclosed medical condition, he said on Sunday.

Defes joined El Al’s board in 2015 and became chairman in 2017.

It was not immediately clear who would replace Defes, but it would probably be one of two vice chairpeople: Yehuda Levy or Tamar Mozes-Borovitz.

Israel’s flag carrier is fighting for survival after the COVID-19 pandemic added to its difficulties, forcing it to suspend flights and furlough most of its employees. It has reported losses for the last two years and racked up debt to renew its fleet.

Last month Eli Rozenberg, a U.S. citizen resident in Israel, offered to funnel $75 million into the airline in return for a 45% stake.

At the same time, El Al is in advanced negotiations for a government bailout to avoid bankruptcy following the pandemic.

The government offered to back $250 million in bank loans in exchange for El Al issuing $150 million in shares, which the state will buy if no-one else does in a public offering.

El Al’s board has yet to vote on Rozenberg’s offer, which would also need shareholders’ approval.

“I have full confidence in the company’s management and board members who will know how to lead El Al to beyond this crisis to a more stable and secure future,” Defes wrote in his resignation letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

El Al Israel Airlines chairman steps down for medical reasons

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.