Chapman Freeborn reorganises senior management

24 / 11 / 2016

  • Reto Hunziker and Pierre van der Stichele

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has made senior management level changes in a move that it says will “help deliver further growth across the group”.

In one change, the air charter broker has appointed Pierre van der Stichele to a newly created role, that of group cargo operations director.

During his 14 years with Chapman Freeborn, Van der Stichele has managed several of the company’s key European offices, including its Italy operation, which he helped to establish in 2009.

Van der Stichele has been appointed with immediate effect. He joins group cargo and OBC (on board courier) sales director Reto Hunziker in heading up Chapman Freeborn’s global cargo product.

Van der Stichele’s promotion follows the appointment by Chapman Freeborn of Philip Mathews as chief commercial officer earlier this month.

Mathews, previously at charter broker Air Partner, took up the newly created position with Chapman Freeborn on November 1. He also joined Chapman Freeborn’s executive committee, alongside chief executive Russi Batliwala, chief operating officer Shahe Ouzounian, executive director Peter Joarder, chief financial officer Alan Jordan and chief legal officer Fabio Mazzocchetti.

The management changes will consolidate what is said by the broker to have been a “resilient performance in 2016”.

As well as investing in emerging territories, the company has further consolidated its position in key mature markets.

Hunziker stated: “Following a particularly strong performance in the third quarter, we’ve seen several of our global offices exceed their annual targets already – including our two largest operations in Germany and the UK.

“It’s also been very positive to see our teams achieving success in developing markets like Africa – where business is up over 60% on 2015 figures.”

“Elsewhere, our hand-carry division Chapman Freeborn OBC has just enjoyed its busiest month on record, and our animal transport subsidiary Intradco Global continues to deliver excellent results.”

Outsize cargo and project-related charters have helped to fuel the company’s growth this year, with operations handled ranging from An-124 and An-225 charters in support of the energy industry to the provision of a chartered IL-76 aircraft in support of the Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world aircraft project.

The automotive sector has also been a healthy source of business this year, and earlier this month Chapman Freeborn chartered a Boeing 747-400F from Air Atlanta Icelandic for Senator International’s ‘Atlantic Air Bridge’ – a regular service ferrying auto components between Europe (Munich and Frankfurt-Hahn) and the US (Greenville Spartanburg in South Carolina).

The company has also been active in supporting the non-commercial sector in 2016, with airlifts performed for government agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and various humanitarian aid providers.

In addition to freight services, Chapman Freeborn offers specialist passenger services including private jet charters for executive travel and large aircraft for crew rotations and international group travel.

The OBC aspect of its business is doing well and, in August, Chapman Freeborn OBC, announced a series of appointments as it continued to expand its global hand-carry services.