Movers & Shakers

posted on 12th March 2019

SAUDI GROUND SERVICES APPOINTS NEW MD (PIC)

Saudi Ground Services (SGS) board of directors approved the appointment of Attian Al-Hazmi as a managing director (MD) for the company at its last meeting.
Al-Hazmi has more than 30 years’ experience in the military sector and 15 years’ in trading sector including leadership responsibilities in multiple sectors, including in aviation, ground handling, and aircraft maintenance for 20 years.
The board also thanked previous MD Omar Najjar for his efforts and accomplishments during the period he spent in the company.

AMADEUS HIRES SPADA TO LEAD AIRPORT IT OF AMADEUS (PIC)

Bruno Spada has been appointed as new head of airport IT of Amadeus – following the retirement of John Jarrell at the end of 2018.
Spada brings with him extensive experience from across the Amadeus business, with a strong focus on R&D in particular, gleaned from leading the R&D team for the Departure Control System (DCS) Flight Management product in London.
Amadeus has also appointed Stefan Ropers to lead its strategic growth businesses, effective from 1 February 2019. He was most recently head of Adobe in Central Europe.
He is charged with driving growth across the company’s diverse strategic growth businesses portfolio, which includes its airport, rail, and payments customer units.

MENZIES WELCOMES MARK CAMPBELL

Mark Campbell has been appointed as managing director (MD) of Menzies Macau -taking over from Raymond Lo who is emigrating to Canada.
Campbell has almost 40 years of aviation and ground handling experience, including nine years in Menzies Aviation as general manager roles across our Oceania region.
Campbell said: “I would like to say a massive thank you to Raymond; he has done a superb job developing the company and ensuring the safety and security of our staff.
“It’s an exciting time in Asia’s aviation industry, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to further develop Menzies Macau. Best of luck to Raymond in his future endeavours.”

BRICKNER LANDS AMERICAN AIRLINES SVP TECHNICAL OPERATIONS ROLE

American Airlines has announced that Kevin Brickner (pictured below) who currently serves as vice president of safety and operations integration as well as the airline’s certificated director of safety has been promoted to senior vice president of technical operations.
He takes over the role from David Seymour, who was named senior vice president of integrated operations in 2016.
Brickner will be responsible for overseeing line and base maintenance; engineering, planning and production support for airframes, engines and components; and aircraft supply chain operations, among many other responsibilities.

MIKA STRIKKINEN TEMPORARILY HEADS FINNAIR’S COMMERCIAL UNITMika Stirkkinen is heading Finnair’s commercial unit on an interim basis after chief commercial officer (CCO) Juha Järvinen left on 31 December, 2018 to become executive vice president of commercial at Virgin Atlantic.
Stirkkinen’s current role at Finnair is vice president, revenue management and pricing and he will take on the role temporarily and also be a member the carrier’s executive board during this interim period.
The airline has started the recruitment process for a new CCO.