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Transport Capital, Hermes Logistics Technologies, Amadeus, Bonus Tech, MAAS Aviation, ASQS, TT Club, AirAsia Aviation Group

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https://bit.ly/3PE9HlMTransport Capital names new CFO: Transport Capital, an investment management and financial advisory firm focused on Maritime and Aviation, announced the retirement of Chee Tham Cheong as CFO, following 17 highly successful years of working with the senior management team. At the same time Nicole Tan has been promoted to CFO. Tan has worked with the team for 16 years, first with First Ship Lease Group and then since 2014 at Transport Capital as Head of Accounting. Ng is a Chartered Accountant with 12 years of financial experience and joins from IBC Informa. She has previous experience at Unilever Asia and JCB Sales. Transport Capital has embarked on an ambitious growth plan over the last two years which has resulted in a number of key hires in Singapore and across its global locations. The company plans to continue expanding, with a special focus on the decarbonisation and digitalisation of the maritime and aviation industries.

Hermes names new senior product manager: Hermes Logistics Technologies (HLT) has appointed Terry McGregor as Senior Product Manager as part of a wider strategy to grow the company’s senior leadership team and strengthen technical expertise at the top level. Heading up HLT’s international team of cargo and product experts in the UK and India, McGregor will lead operations with existing and prospective customers, as well as spearheading the development of an innovative suite of products to further digitalise and streamline air cargo management operations. “HLT has created an ambitious product innovation roadmap and I am looking forward to the challenge of helping to plan and execute this, to ensure HLT achieves its vision and strategic goals,” said McGregor. “Using my experience, I hope to guide the product team to build on the success of HLT’s existing cargo management products, bringing further efficiencies to our clients and the industry through collaborations with key technology partners.” McGregor brings 15 years of product management experience to the position, having overseen the development and launch of several products and services across multiple technologies and industries, including tenure in the gaming industry at companies such as Genius Sports, Betfred and Ladbrokes, and in property management services with Plentific.

Amadeus appoints EVP, MD for APAC: Amadeus has appointed Javier Laforgue as Executive Vice President, Travel Unit & Managing Director, Asia Pacific where he will oversee Amadeus’ business across the region. Laforgue brings more than two decades of travel industry knowledge to Asia Pacific with extensive experience in various senior management roles across Amadeus. Most recently, as global head of Air Distribution, Laforgue achieved a long list of accomplishments in addition to managing Amadeus’ NDC strategy and investment program. Prior to that, Laforgue was instrumental in establishing the global sales function and headed the Latin America region as well as the expansion of Amadeus’ activities in key growth areas such as payments. Decius Valmorbida, SVP, Travel unit, Amadeus, said, “Javier is a trusted leader that understands the needs of Amadeus’ partners in Asia Pacific. His broad experience across the business will enable us to continue delivering cutting-edge technology solutions backed by a strong commitment to customer satisfaction. Javier is also an accomplished people leader and his steady guidance will be key to maintaining Amadeus’ position as one of the top employers in the Asia Pacific region.”

Bonus Tech appoints new CEO: David Lamoureux has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer at Bonus Tech Inc., an Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance joint venture based in Miami and one of the global market leaders for engine teardown. Engine teardown facilitates the generation of used serviceable and repairable material from end-of-life engines and is a key enabler of circularity in engine materials, contributing to the drive for sustainability in the aviation industry. Lamoureux succeeds Aurélie Kergoat, who in her five years as Bonus Tech Inc. CEO has led the development of the company into the market leader it is today. Kergoat has successfully driven growth in Bonus Tech’s engine portfolio, increased turnover and profitability, and launched the development of complementary services for its customers. For example engine inspection to be offered through Bonus Tech Engine Services, including Part 145 Approval. Michael Grootenboer, AFI KLM E&M SVP Group Engines Product and Bonus Tech Inc. board member states: “I want to warmly thank and commend Aurélie for the leadership she has demonstrated, for her tireless efforts and for the fantastic shape in which she hands over Bonus Tech Inc. into David’s hands.’ And adds: ‘I want to welcome David to the Bonus Tech Inc. family. I am fully confident that with his extensive knowledge and experience he will continue the development and success of the company.” Lamoureux arrives with 15 years of experience in the MRO Engine business at AFI KLM E&M, from dedicated logistics, asset lifecycle management, engine maintenance operations and most recently served as Technical Sales Director for CFM56-5 and GE90 Engine maintenance services worldwide. David also brings significant project and change management experience as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

MAAS Aviation names new CFO: MAAS Aviation has named Malachy McEnroe as Chief Financial Officer. An experienced international CFO and board member, McEnroe has worked in finance and business for over 25 years, most recently in the international logistics equipment leasing sector. He has extensive experience in growing international businesses, spearheading transformation and has contributed to impressive value creation. As part of the company’s C-Suite Team and a board member, Malachy’s role at MAAS will focus on supporting the business growth strategy and future investments, while driving day-to-day financial and operational improvements. McEnroe has held senior finance roles at both GE and HNA and completed seven years at TIP Trailer Services as global CFO. He has also served as a non-executive director at German-based international modular construction specialist, Cadolto GmbH. “MAAS has a great track record and an excellent market reputation. Their experienced and knowledgeable management team has a ‘can do’ attitude and serious growth ambitions. It was these attributes, combined with the support of a focused and committed investment Group in Egeria, that attracted me to join the business,” comments McEnroe. “We have exciting development plans, and I am looking forward to being part of that journey.”

ASQS announces new director of sales for the Americas: ASQS GmbH, a global provider of integrated aviation safety, quality and risk management software, announced that Jonathan Frey has been appointed as director of sales for the Americas. Frey recently served for two and a half years as Director Business Development APAC, where he was responsible for the company’s positioning and sales generation in the region, successfully leading the Bangkok office and team. In his role as Director Sales Americas, he will be responsible for all sales activities in the Americas. His responsibilities include identifying new business opportunities and contributing to the development and implementation of regional sales programs and strategies in close cooperation with our sales team and the ASQS office in Calgary. He will further work with our marketing department to drive regional marketing activities and be responsible for building strong distribution channels and strategic partnerships.

TT Club announces new CFO appointment: EeLain Ong has taken over as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of international freight transport and logistics insurer TT Club. Appointed in April 2022, Ong has shadowed the outgoing CFO Julian Chowdhury in his position for the intervening months prior to his retirement. As CFO of the well-established specialist mutual insurer, Ong’s challenges will be to achieve business plan profit targets via operational efficiencies focussed on simplifying and automating processes along the insurance value chain. In making the announcement Charles Fenton, CEO of TT Club commented, “TT is fortunate to have in EeLain someone of vast and varied experience so suited to the Club’s structure and nature of its business. Over her 27-year career she has held leadership positions within finance, treasury and tax at re/insurance companies, captives, mutuals, start-ups and Lloyd’s syndicates, and across multiple jurisdictions globally. She replaces a true professional in Chowdhury, who we thank for his long and tireless service of almost 30 years. We wish him a happy and fulfilling retirement.” Ong is a graduate of Hull University and a Chartered Accountant (FCA). In addition to roles at re/insurance providers, she also had experiences as a regulator, an auditor, and an M&A corporate financier – all of which has exposed her to structuring finite, legacy and traditional risk transfer deals within the realms of financial governance.

AirAsia Aviation Group names new board members: AirAsia Aviation Group (AAAGL), the holding company for Capital A’s airline group, announced the expansion of its board of directors with the appointment of Thandalam Veeravalli Thirumala Chari and Khoo Gaik Bee as Independent Non-Executive Directors. The addition of the two new board of directors will bring additional skill sets in line with its plan to strengthen the board. The airline group recently posted significant performance improvements across all key metrics, including a 633 percent increase in the number of passengers and a notable load factor of 84 percent in Q222, akin to its pre-pandemic levels. AAAGL is now charting a steady course to return to 100 percent capacity on the majority of its most popular routes by the first quarter of 2023. Jamaludin Ibrahim, Chairman of AAAGL said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new board of directors, Mr. Chari and Ms. Khoo, both of whom bring a wealth of expertise in line with our continued focus on governance, human capital and diversity. Both have over 40 years of invaluable experience in the areas of financial, technology and human resources which are critical to support our next phase of progress and development.” Commenting further, Bo Lingam, Group CEO of AAAGL said: “The combined strength of the newly formed board bodes well for AAAGL to deliver positive returns to our shareholders and most importantly, add greater value to our guests. It is certainly an exciting time as the world is now finally reopening and we have much to contribute to the local and international tourism and economy, everywhere we fly.”


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