Aviation People on the Move 29 June 2022

GEODIS, CharterSync, AirAsia X, Utility Air, AJW Group

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GEODIS appoints new MD for Malaysia: GEODIS, a global transport and logistics services provider, announced the appointment of Eddie Chang as its new managing director for Malaysia. With over 25 years of experience in the logistics sector, Chang will be responsible for leading GEODIS’ growth in Malaysia, a market that continues to play a key role in the company’s multi-modal network across Southeast Asia. Chang, who was previously managing director of Tigers Global Logistics and subsequently, director at JAS Worldwide in Malaysia, will leverage his extensive experience in both air and sea freight, warehouse operations, contract logistics, and e-commerce fulfilment to expand GEODIS’ client base, especially in key verticals including automotive, industrial and high tech. With ongoing plans in place to bolster GEODIS’ highly integrated transport solutions, Chang will also be taking the reins to further advance Malaysia’s capacity as a hub connecting the company’s owned controlled flight network with its road transport services that currently connects Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam via Kuala Lumpur. The company’s rapidly expanding multi-modal network is a key strategic accelerator for its growing presence in the region.

CharterSync makes ‘strategic’ appointments: Air cargo charter business, CharterSync, is announcing several strategic appointments to accelerate its global expansion plans. Charter market veteran, Chris Metters, is joining the team in a consultant advisory role to the board as interim Financial Director, following 28 years with leading global air charter broker, Chapman Freeborn where he was Group Financial Director and Global Special Projects Director and Group Compliance and Risk Officer until 2021. In July, Hilary Blackburn will be appointed as Risk Management and Compliance Consultant. Blackburn has over 25 years’ experience in global corporate communications, governance, risk, compliance, and previously worked for Chapman Freeborn for 10 years, including secondments to the humanitarian cargo division. Digital innovator, Mark Walls, also comes on board as Chief Product Owner to drive the ongoing development of CharterSync’s award-winning technology.

AirAsia X appoints new director, confirms resignation of chairman: AirAsia X (AAX), the medium to long-haul affiliate airline of AirAsia Aviation Group, has announced the appointment of Farouk Kamal as Independent Non Executive Director, effective immediately, following the company’s recent confirmation of a new strategy to transform low-cost, long-haul air travel. The appointment of Kamal reflects a new era for AAX as the airline embarks on a new strategic direction for a sustainable and viable future. AirAsia X also announced that Rafidah Aziz has resigned from her position, effective 1 July 2022. Rafidah was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board on 3 March 2011 and was re-designated as a Senior Independent Non-Executive Chairman upon listing of the Company on 10 July 2013. She is also the Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee as well as the Risk Management Committee of the Board and the Safety Review Board of the Company.  Rafidah said, “I will be 79 this year and will have served the term allowed as an Independent Director. I would then need to comply with the change in status from Independent to non independent Board member and the other ensuing requirements. I have therefore decided to resign from my position as Chairman of AAX and this will take effect from 1 July.

Utility Air names new sales member: Utility Air has appointed Shaun Hearn to the sales team. Hearn is an experienced aviator and is responsible for business development and also the sale of DA20 and DA40 Aircraft in the region. “We welcome Shaun to the Utility Air Team” Stephen Pembro, Utility Air’s managing director, said of the new team member. “Shaun is currently touring the country meeting existing owners and prospective customers alike and we see him as being an integral part of the team moving forward.” Utility Air, the exclusive distributor for Diamond Aircraft in the region, also announced it opened a new Diamond Meeting Centre in Sydney. The centre, located in Belrose, is part of the business hub which also contains the parts distribution Warehouse for the business. “The Diamond product is a high end, quality product, and we felt it was important to have a customer facility which matched the product.” Pembro said. “The new facility has entertaining balconies, meeting rooms, a café kitchen as well as sales offices. It’s a place for us to conduct business with our clients in a focused and pleasant way.” Utility Air will use the Centre for Diamond training and Customer Events, as well as day to day interactions.

AJW Group unit names new CEO: AJW Group has announced the appointment of Rachael Caston as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AJW Aviation. Caston, who has an honours degree in Aeronautical Engineering, an MA in Strategic and International Defence and Chartered Management Institute (CMI) qualifications in strategic leadership and management, will guide the organisation in its mission to transform aviation efficiency, focusing on continued strategic, operational and financial strength in delivering an exceptional customer experience. From September 2022, Caston will assume the role, joining AJW from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) where she provided executive level leadership for the UK Airprox Board at Royal Air Force (RAF) Northolt. Caston has a long and distinguished career in aviation, including active service as a professional pilot, Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer in the RAF. Her career has included extensive business transformation where she has led teams with a people-centric mindset. Caston will take responsibility for the operational teams at AJW and drive the group strategy in conjunction with the board and senior leadership team. The board will continue to lead the business, with Caston’s appointment enabling the Board to focus deeply on strategic initiatives for growth and diversification. The UK headquarters continues to be complemented by AJW Technique, its state-of-the-art maintenance facility in Montreal.

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