Inamori to resign from JAL board

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Former chairman Kazuo Inamori will resign as a director of Japan Airlines (JAL) from 31 March but will remain as the airline's chairman emeritus.

Inamori became JAL's chairman when it entered bankruptcy in 2010 and played a key role in restructuring the airline. He most recently served as its honorary chairman.

Senior managing executive officers Yoshihito Ohta, Kunio Hirata and executive officer Eiichi Yamaguchi will also retire from office on 31 March, the airline says.

The moves were announced by JAL among a series of other management changes, which includes the appointment Tetsuya Onuki as the president of J-Air.

The changes will also see Hideki Kikuyama being appointed to head JAL's route marketing division, while Toshiaki Norita will take on the role of heading the corporate planning and business creation strategy departments.

The appointments will take effect on 1 April, JAL adds.