October 2011 Ground Support Worldwide News

Business Buzz News agency Bloomberg reported last month a sharp decline in cargo shipments in the belly of passenger jets. United’s cargo traffic, for example, plunged 17 percent in August for the fourth straight drop that exceeded 10 percent...

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Martin Burdorf took over as head of the marketing department in Continental Tire’s Industrial Tires Business Unit last August. In other personnel news, Ivonne Bierwirth will be responsible for the newly created marketing media role in the unit. Heike Hansmann also took over as head of the unit’s ContiServiceCenter. She is now responsible for customer support in the German market.

West Star Aviation, Inc. appointed Jeff Messmer, Operations Manager at its newest facility at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, MO. In his new position at West Star Aviation, Messmer will be responsible for all maintenance, avionics and customer service and support operations at SUS.

Leighton “Lee” M. Yohannan was named co-CEO of Rampmaster last month. Yohannan is currently director emeritus and founder of LiquidHub, a systems integrator and technology strategy consultancy with revenues of more than $60 million in annual sales. Previously he was owner and CEO of The Reohr Group, Inc., a $55 million global technology consultancy.

Southwest Airlines announced several executive changes at the company effective last month:

Bob Jordan, Southwest's current Executive Vice President Strategy & Planning, has been promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, and he maintains his role as President of AirTran Airways.

Jeff Lamb, Southwest's current Senior Vice President Administration & Chief People Officer, has been promoted to Executive Vice President & Chief People & Administrative Officer.

Ellen Torbert, Southwest's current Vice President of Customer Support & Services, has been promoted to Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion.

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