John Menzies plc has appointed Mervyn Walker to the Group’s senior management team.
Walker has over 30 years’ experience in the ground handling industry, is returning to the Group after spending four years working on a selection of projects and initiatives in the sector.
Prior to this, spent 14 years at Menzies working in a number of senior operational posts. He will work closely with interim chief executive, Giles Wilson and focus on operational discipline, cost control and productivity.
Menzies has invested significantly in systems and processes over the last three years and said the Group is now focusing on targeted and successful deployment of these tools to ensure bottom line benefits are delivered.
Walker will work with the team to deliver these benefits whilst also focusing on operational efficiency and his appointment builds on a management review that is already underway looking at operating costs and driving out efficiencies across the organisation.
Menzies said it continues to pursue its exciting plans to grow its business both organically and through synergistic acquisitions. The short-term focus is on growth in core markets, leveraging on customer relationships and our industry leading platform of safety and security to develop new business and improve margins.
John Menzies interim chief executive, Giles Wilson said: “I am pleased that Mervyn is re-joining the Group at this exciting time in Menzies’ journey. His in depth knowledge of the business combined with his operational expertise and focus on efficiency will help us to deliver on our short and medium term objectives.”