Swissport International Gets New Chief Executive In Strategic Rejig

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Warwick Brady appointed as President & CEO.

Ground handler Swissport International has appointed Warwick Brady, as its new chief executive.

Currently head of the recently rebranded Stobart Group, Mr. Brady’s appointment will pave the way for Christoph Mueller to take up the chairman of board role at Swissport International.

Past Roles

  • Chief executive of Mandala Airlines in Indonesia,
  • Chief Operating Officer at Air Deccan/Kingfisher in India and
  • Deputy Operations Director at Ryanair plc. reported that Mr. Brady is currently the chief executive of Esken Limited, formerly Stobart Group, a British infrastructure, aviation and energy company with operations in the UK and Ireland.

His previous roles include the posts as chief executive of Mandala Airlines in Indonesia, chief operating officer at Air Deccan/Kingfisher in India and deputy operations director at Ryanair plc.

Steering Swissport to Safety

“With his industry experience and a proven track record in organisational transformation, digitalization and operational turnarounds, Warwick is the ideal CEO to steer the company safely, and drive it with real ambition, as the world and the aviation sector emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said David Siegel, interim chairman of the board of directors of Swissport International.

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Representational photograph of an airport cargo terminal. Source: Jakarta Airport

Mr. Siegel said they expected the market recovery to present us with some challenges but also with significant strategic opportunities. “I am confident that Warwick as chief executive and Christoph as our future chairman will take the company to the next level and position the company as the first-choice partner for airlines globally,” he said.

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Brady said: “I am excited, and honoured to be asked to lead in such unprecedented times. There is some hard work ahead, but the potential of the company and the medium-term market outlook will certainly make this an exciting journey.”

The new chief executive explained they would  leverage its great legacy of providing airlines around the world with ground services and cargo handling that they can rely on with confidence. “And we will speed up the already ongoing transformation into a more agile, innovative and efficient organisation and business partner,” he said.

As per Swissport International AG, in 2019 the company provided best-in-class airport ground services for some 265 million airline passengers and handled roughly 4.6 million tons of air freight in 115 cargo warehouses worldwide.
Several of its warehouses have been certified for pharmaceutical logistics by IATA’s CEIV Pharma and by the British MHRA. The world’s leader in airport ground services and air cargo handling, with currently 45,600 employees, achieved consolidated operating revenue of 3.13 billion euros in 2019. At the end of September 2020, it was active at 298 airports in 47 countries on six continents.

The Lufthansa Group also relies on its air cargo handling services at London Heathrow Airport. The new contract complements the long-standing cooperation across the UK. Swissport, the global leader of airport ground handling services and air cargo handling, now serves Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines – all part of the Lufthansa Group – at all of their UK destinations. Swissport also offers landside trucking services.

In the future, the company will handle air cargo for approximately 30 flights per week, connecting the hubs of Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines in Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Vienna with the UK.

In the UK and Ireland, Swissport is a reliable partner for 184 airlines at 27 airports. Under the ASPIRE brand, it provides lounge hospitality services at 21 airports in the UK and Ireland.

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