Menzies Aviation strengthens team new EVP and VP cargo

By Rachelle Harry

Robert Fordree (left) and Chris Beale

Logistics company Menzies Aviation has welcomed two new members of staff to its team. Robert Fordree is the organisation’s new executive vice president of cargo and Chris Beale is re-joining the business as vice president of cargo Europe.

Fordfree’s previous roles include senior vice president commercial and vice president of cargo development. Fordree was previously a board member of cargoiQ and is a current member of IATA’s Cargo Handling Consultative Council.

Beale initially joined the Menzies cargo business during its inception at London Heathrow, before moving to the US where he held various ground handling and cargo roles within the company.

He then moved to the Middle East where he held positions in Abu Dhabi and latterly in Italy for Etihad Airways before returning to the UK to take up a role with Worldwide Flight Services. Now, re-joining Menzies, Beale will drive operational excellence and support significant business growth across the region.

Speaking about Beale’s return to Menzies Aviation, Fordree said: “I am delighted to welcome Beale back to Menzies Aviation, who brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in cargo. I know he will be a great asset to the team, as we focus on seizing opportunities in the cargo market that will sustainably grow the business.

“Now that my focus is solely on our cargo business, I look forward to sharing my insights on innovation and operational excellence and meeting our customers at the IATA Air Cargo Operations Conference and the Annual Ground Handling International Conference this Autumn.”

Beale added: “I am delighted to be back at Menzies Aviation, and am very much looking forward to working closely with Robert and the cargo team. This is an exciting time for the business, as we push to deliver a premium service to our cargo customers as well as growth in and beyond our core European markets.”

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