Personnel changes and other new business approaches
Changes in European management:
John Mc Donagh has been appointed Head of Division Europe. He succeeds Jean-Didier Savioz on April 1. Mc Donagh, former CEO of Cargo Service Center CSC and currently Head of Swissport's cargo operations, was instrumental in ensuring the smooth and seamless integration of CSC into the Swissport organisation. He will now be responsible for all European operations from his Frankfurt (Germany) base. He will be supported by Michel F. Jansen, as the new CFO Europe. Jean-Didier Savioz, who successfully headed Havas/Swissport and its eight stations in Turkey for several years before assuming his current position as Head of Division Europe, moves to Nice (France) to assume overall responsibility for all the Swissport Group's French operations from April 1. Swissport would like to thank Jean-Didier Savioz for his remarkable contributions over the last years. Georges Peter, who is currently in charge of Swissport France, will also take on new duties on April 1: he moves to Crete to assume charge of Swissport Hellas South. We wish all three appointees a good start and every success in their new positions.
Cargo management strengthened
Overall responsibility for Swissport's cargo activities remains with Dr. Ludwig Bertsch, who, as Executive Vice President Corporate Services, is also in charge of the group's various corporate services units. In addition to his regional and local cargo managers, Bertsch will in the future be supported by two dedicated key account managers to assist him for an even more efficient account management as well as business development.
A new sales structure
As part of its ongoing endeavours to further enhance contacts with its customers and meet their increasingly discerning needs as effectively as possible, Swissport is to introduce a new sales organisation on April 1. Under the new concept, local Station and Country Managers will also assume commercial responsibilities. They will be assisted in their new duties by an eight-strong specialist Global Sales Team. Alongside their regional sales support role, the eight new Sales Directors, who will report directly to their divisional heads, will also be involved in global key account management and in further enhancing sales activities all over the world. The new Global Sales Team will be led and coordinated by Tony Ivey from his Washington (USA) base. Stephan Beerli remains Executive Vice President Sales & Marketing, based in Zürich.
At the same time and with immediate effect, Dirk Jan de Roo (former COO of CSC) will take over the responsibility for all operational issues (including quality) as Vice-President based in Zürich.