The latest shake-up in top management at Cathay Pacific has seen chairman John Slosar resign to be replaced by Patrick Healy.

Slosar “confirmed that his resignation is due to his retirement and that he is not aware of any disagreement with the board of the company,” the airline announced.

Healy moves from John Swire and Sons Hong Kong, the holding company of 45% airline shareholder Swire Pacific.

The board change comes after the carrier became embroiled in the recent protests in Hong Kong.

The airline initially told staff it would not stop them joining the pro-democracy demonstrations.

But it quickly changed its position in the face of pressure from the Chinese government and a backlash on Chinese social media.

The change in chairman comes less than a month after former CEO Rupert Hogg quit together with commercial director Paul Loo.

Augustus Tang succeeded Hogg as chief executive, and Ronald Lam replaced Loo.