Swissport Names Regional CEOs

Sept. 3, 2013
New leadership for Belgium and Geneva operations.

Swissport International Ltd., leading provider of ground and cargo services to the aviation sector, announced that Pieter Van den Nieuwenhuizen takes over responsibility as new CEO of Swissport Belgium N.V. and appointed Jean-Luc Payot as new CEO Swissport Geneva.

Pieter Van den Nieuwenhuizen

Van den Nieuwenhuizen succeeds Marcel Buelens, who decided to step down from his position as CEO at the end of August to take up new challenges outside of Swissport.

Prior to his new assignment at Swissport Belgium N.V. Pieter Van den Nieuwenhuizen was leading several divisions of G4S Belgium as Managing Director and General Manager from 2002 onwards. Before he was working for TYCO - ADT since 1986 and held various senior management roles including Managing Director of ADT Security Services Netherlands.

Adrian Melliger, Senior Vice President Ground Handling Europe South, says: "We believe that Pieter´s background in the service industry as well as in the Belgian market will contribute to the success of our company. His managerial experience will support our endeavour to further improve our position and relationship to our business partners, including customers, TBAC and the social partners."

Jean-Luc Payot

Payot will take over responsibility as CEO at Swissport Geneva from Michel Glorieux, who left the company at the end of August to pursue new challenges outside the company.

Jean-Luc Payot already has worked for Swissport before, from 1993 to 2001, at last as General Manager and VP Business Development Swissport France and CEO Executive Aviation. Before returning to Swissport now, Jean-Luc Payot since 2004 has owned the position Managing Director of Bell Switzerland.

Philipp Joeinig, Executive Vice President Ground Handling Central Europe, comments: “Jean-Luc´s background coupled with his passion for customers and his understanding of what it takes to grow and to implement the required improvements in future will serve Swissport while he strives for leading the Swissport Geneva business to the next level.”

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for around 118 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 650 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 40,000 personnel, Swissport is active at 181 stations in 37 countries on five continents, and generates annual consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.9 billion.

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