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Swissport International reorganises on worldwide regional basis

SWISSPORT International will reorganise itself into three geographical three management regions, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) from January 1

Swissport International reorganises on worldwide regional basis

SWISSPORT International will reorganise itself into three geographical three management regions, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) from January 1

09 December 2018 - 19:00

SWISSPORT International will reorganise itself into three geographical three management regions, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Americas (US, Canada, Latin America) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) from January 1.

The Zurich-based international groundhandler's new structure will reduce overheads across the organisation and support faster decision making, reports London's Air Cargo News.



The new EMEA region will be managed by Luzius Wirth, currently executive vice president UK & Ireland and a member of group executive management.



Glenn Rutherford, who heads Swissport in Australia and New Zealand, will be heading the Asia-Pacific region..



Joe Phelan, currently group chief operating officer, will head the Americas until a permanent internal or external candidate is appointed.



The three regional heads on group executive level will report to Eric Born, president and chief executive.



'Our refined organisational setup brings executive management closer to our customers and our operations. More accountability will be delegated into the enlarged regions. Regional heads and management teams will take full responsibility for commercial matters,' said Mr Born.



In another move, Simon Messner, currently senior vice president Europe, will assume the role of executive vice president 'Performance & Innovation' on group executive level.



In this role he will drive operational standards, manage quality, health, safety and environmental standards and oversee commercial governance.



Future product development, innovation and fleet management will also fall under the scope of this new unit.



As the existing setup with nine regional management teams will be consolidated into three areas, the regional heads will replace the chief operating officer on group level.



The responsibilities of the chief commercial officer will largely move to the regional level for closer client relationships and market proximity.



The new structure is part of a scheduled succession plan. Joe Phelan, group chief operating officer, and Nils Pries Knudsen, group chief commercial officer, will retire in the first half of 2019.


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