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Transport Capital, ATR appoints CFO, Kleos Space, Mishcon de Reya, flydocs, Blueberry Aviation, AirAsia X

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Use this oneTransport Capital names director for Greece, partner in Geneva: Transport Capital, an investment management and financial advisory firm focused on maritime and aviation, has named Alexandros Valentis as director for Greece, based in its Athens office. Transport Capital’s head of Greece, Nico Cotzias, said “I am delighted Alex is joining the team and I look forward to growing our Investment Management, Financial Advisory & Lending Agency services in Greece together.” Valentis said “I am excited to join Transport Capital and to work alongside such an experienced and professional team to help grow the group’s activities in Greece.” Transport Capital, also announced Sebastian Wittgenstein has been named a partner based in its Geneva office. Wittgenstein will reinforce Transport Capital’s commitment to sustainability and help the company develop and execute new solutions to enable the decarbonisation of the maritime and aviation industries.

ATR appoints CFO: The ATR board appointed Antonio Di Gennaro as senior vice president finance and chief financial officer. He brings with him over 15 years of experience as a finance and operations business leader and joins ATR from PZL Świdnik, a Leonardo Helicopters company, where he was CFO and a member of the Management Board since 2018. Prior to this, Di Gennaro has held several international positions in the Aerospace & Defense Industry in both military and civil sectors. He has a strong background in Operations, Manufacturing, Customer Service & Sales, and business integration between cross cultural organisations. Antonio started his career at Alenia Aermacchi (merged in 2016 into Leonardo).

Kleos Space names new new CFO: Kleos Space announced the appointment of Alan Khalili as its new chief financial officer. Khalili is a CPA and brings over 20 years of experience as a CFO, investment banker at Credit Suisse, CPA at Ernst & Young, and Technology Entrepreneur with direct industry expertise in DaaS, aerospace/satellite, business information, wireless voice, and IoT telecommunications. Commenting on his appointment, Khalili said: “It is exciting to leverage my prior experiences in the space and data sector to support Kleos’ growth.” Kleos CEO Andy Bowyer added: “We are fortunate to have attracted a candidate of Alan’s calibre to Kleos as we evolve in a dynamic and fast paced environment, always looking out for new strategic opportunities. I am delighted to welcome Alan to this crucial position and believe his strong financial and business operations expertise will be of great value for the next chapter of Kleos’ growth.”

Mishcon de Reya law firm adds aviation partner: Mishcon de Reya LLP announced that Ethan Tan has joined the firm as a partner in its Singapore office. Tan is an experienced aviation lawyer having advised his clients, including major airlines, lessors, banks and investors, on some of the largest and most significant aviation transactions in the Asia-Pacific region. He will join the transactional team in the Singapore office, which already has maritime capability including ship finance, to form a broader transportation finance group. The transportation finance practice will sit within a large and growing finance practice in our Singapore office that advises clients on complex financing transactions such as structured loans, high-yield loans and debt restructurings. Tan’s expertise extends from aviation finance to all varieties of aviation-related work, including operating leases, finance leases, commercial lending, ECA-backed lending, large OEM purchase orders, aircraft secured bonds, ABSs, hedging, asset-driven M&A, aviation JVs, MRO contracts, restructuring, enforcement/repossession, private jets, aircraft trading and commercial disputes. In addition to aviation, Ethan advises clients on derivatives and structured products. He has advised global investment banks, private banks, regional banks, funds and other financial institutions on large, multi-jurisdictional documentation and regulatory compliance projects.

Flydocs names finance head for India: Flydocs announced the appointment of Mahendra Senapati as financial director for flydocs India. In the new role, Senapati will support local leaders with decision-making, provide strategic financial partnerships to business leaders, and strategise to continually improve the effectiveness of the business, with a focus on understanding short and long-term financial plans. Senapati joins flydocs from Xiaomi Technology India, where he led the business finance, treasury, commercial, accounting, and audit verticals of the business. His previous roles also include Wipro Limited where he was the Business Finance Manager, as well as overseeing the auditing and risk management at Samsung R&D Institute India, a few years earlier. Darren Yeates, chief financial officer at flydocs said, “We are continuing to invest in our existing software solutions and technical services, and this new appointment significantly strengthens the flydocs India leadership team. We are delighted to welcome Mahendra to the flydocs India team as the Finance Director, and we are certain that he will enhance the decision-making along with creating an environment to position finance as a valuable partner to the business.”

Gregoris Dassios joins Blueberry Aviation: Blueberry Aviation has announced the addition of Gregoris Dassios to its team as Commercial Director. Dassios has nearly 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Most of his career was spent at Airbus in Toulouse, France, where he held several positions firstly in Engineering and then as Customer Support Director, where he managed part of Latin America, Central and Southeastern Europe and part of the Middle East, supporting airlines in the region. He then moved to the Procurement followed by to the Commercial division as Sales Director for Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe where he had several successful campaigns notably with WizzAir, Aegean, MedAir and Sky Express. He held the position of Head of Region covering Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria for the Airbus Group – Commercial Aircraft, Helicopters, Defence & Space before joining Sky Express, one of the major airlines in Greece and in the region, as CEO.

AirAsia X names board member: AirAsia X (AAX), the medium to long-haul affiliate airline of AirAsia Aviation Group, has named Mahmood Fawzy as a new Independent Non-Executive Director. As a seasoned professional, Fawzy will provide AAX executives with additional capacity to focus on strategic progress as it returns to the skies with a more robust model, delivering greater value to all stakeholders in the future. AAX Co-founder and Non-Independent Executive Director Tony Fernandes said, “The new era of AAX is just getting started and we are laser-focused on rebuilding it as a great value medium to long-haul airline. The demand for international travel is fast recovering and AAX is well-positioned to accelerate a dramatic tourism recovery. Tunku Fawzy is a great addition to this vision and we are fortunate to have his experience and well qualified expertise.”

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