August 19, 2019 / 1:50 AM / 2 months ago

Cathay Pacific shares rise 2.3 pct after CEO Hogg resigns

HONG KONG, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Shares of Cathay Pacific Airways rose more than 2 percent early on Monday after CEO Rupert Hogg resigned in a shock move, as the carrier grapples with the involvement of some of its employees in the city’s anti-government protests.

Cathay’s shares rose as much as 2.3 percent to HK$10.84, their highest in two weeks. The carrier has emerged as the highest-profile corporate target as Beijing looks to quell protests in the territory that have gone on for 11 straight weeks.

Cathay Pacific was blindsided this month when China’s aviation regulator demanded it suspend staff supporting the anti-government protest movement. (Reporting By Anne Marie Roantree and Donny Kwok; editing by Richard Pullin)

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