Top 40 Under 40: Aasiya Shaikh

After successfully picking stocks for Fidelity Investments’ mutual funds, Aasiya Shaikh brought her financial prowess to Flight Crew International, an aviation staffing company based in Dallas, Tex. In her first year as managing director, Shaikh nearly tripled the company’s profits and assisted many unemployed aviation professionals who were adversely impacted by the global recession in finding new, long-term career opportunities both domestically and abroad.

Shaikh graduated summa cum laude from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin with a double major in finance and business honors and a minor in accounting. She also speaks four languages and has traveled the world, which has allowed her to develop a strong understanding of different cultures. By being aware of and sensitive to the varied cultural distinctions around the world, Shaikh provides her global clients with utmost respect and discretion.

Part of Generation Y, Shaikh recognizes the key role social media and technology will play in connecting talent to opportunity as the aviation industry enters an unprecedented era of record aircraft deliveries and passenger growth. Airports, airlines, MROs and manufactures will require skilled aviation professionals globally to meet the solid, long-term growth of our industry, many times in remote areas of the world.

Shaikh continuously works to expand the international footprint of Flight Crew International in order to effectively serve the needs of clients worldwide. The company’s mission is to remove the inefficiencies and high costs of hiring by pioneering technology-driven staffing solutions specific to the aviation industry that help clients find the right candidate, at the right time, anywhere in the world.

Her advice to other young people in the industry is: “You’re going to be met with challenges … keep persevering.” Shaikh heeds her own advice in her career. Stay tuned to see what innovations this unstoppable, under-40, out-of-the-box thinker will bring to the aviation and staffing industry!

“Aasiya plans to take inefficiencies and high costs out of the hiring process by using social media and digital interviews to help clients find the right candidates. She and her team are currently working with an award-winning team of Web developers to roll-out an on-demand interview platform for the aviation industry.”

Heena Jessa, recruitment director, Flight Crew International

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