Management change in UK
Zurich/Newcastle, August 29, 2008 – Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground handling services for the air transport sector, and Tina Barbour, CEO of Swissport/Groundstar UK, are to part company by mutual agreement as of 31st August 2008. Mark Faulkner, who is currently general manager of Amey-Colas, will assume overall responsibility for Swissport UK’s ground handling activities on September 1.
Tina Barbour has led Swissport’s UK Ground handling business as Chief Executive Officer since June 2005 and prior to that she was the Operations Director from 2002. During her tenure, Swissport/Groundstar UK has been particularly successful in developing strong relationships with several leading UK carriers, including those in the rapidly growing low-cost sector. Swissport thanks Tina Barbour for her dedication and all that she had achieved throughout the past seven years and offers her every good wish for her professional and personal future.
Mark Faulkner, who is 46 and is currently general manager of Amey-Colas, has previously served in a number of executive capacities including several years as director of business development at Ferrovial subsidiary Amey UK, where he played a key role in turning the company around. Swissport congratulates him on his latest appointment, and wishes him every success in his new challenge in the aviation sector.
Swissport UK is currently showing positive trends in business-results terms – a development that was underlined by its recent conclusion of a centralised load-planning agreement with Virgin Atlantic Airways.
With a workforce of some 2800 personnel and operations at six airports, Swissport UK offers the full range of ground handling services and presently serves some 50 airline customers. The company generated total operating revenue of over CHF 180 million (EUR 120 million) last year.
The change of CEO at Swissport/Groundstar UK will not entail any further personnel changes in the cargo, commercial and station management fields for the present time.
Swissport International Ltd., which is owned by Ferrovial, a leading European infrastructure and service corporation based in Spain, provides ground services for over 70 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 650 client companies. With its workforce of around 30 000 personnel, Swissport is active at 187 airports in 43 countries on five continents, and generated consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.9 billion (EUR 1.3 billion or USD 1.8 billion) last year. www.swissport.com / www.ferrovial.com