Jon Danks is stepping down as UK and Ireland chair of the Star Alliance country marketing and communication group after five years in charge.

A new chair of the airline grouping’s unit is due to be elected later this month.

Danks, of South African Airways, has been responsible for the delivery of the a business plan for the region and leading a virtual team of airline members.

He was behind the successful corporate and trade engagement strategies that introduced Heathrow Terminal 2 as the home of Star Alliance carriers at the London hub.

He has also steered a customer, digital and commercial focus, driving the recent launch of a new mobile-optimised website in the UK.

Danks will oversee the election of a new chair of the alliance’s country marketing and communication group to ensure continuity.