Former airline executive Brian Challenger pays tribute to the late Chairman of LIAT, Jean Holder


Former LIAT CEO Brian Challenger says the news of the passing of former Chairman of LIAT (1974) Ltd Dr. Jean Holder came as a shock.

The two had spoken in the latter part of last year, he says, and there was no indication, then, of his colleague’s imminent departure.

Challenger says Holder was the consummate Caribbean man with impeccable credentials and exemplified Caribbean nationhood.

Even as some across the region declare that LIAT is a moribund institution, Challenger explains Holder’s place in the airline’s history with the old saying, “You never miss the water until the well runs dry.”

Holder, who was described by many as a quiet but firm person, was the face of the Caribbean Tourism Authority for three decades before he became Chair of the regional carrier.

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