ATSG hires chief commercial officer

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has appointed Paul Chase as chief commercial officer.

He will assume responsibility for sales, marketing strategy and execution for the ATSG family of companies.

Chase currently serves as chief executive of US cargo airline Ameriflight, which utilises over 170 turboprop aircraft primarily in support of UPS, DHL and FedEx.

From 2016-2018, he served in Amazon’s launch team for Amazon Air.

During nearly a decade at Southern Air, Chase rose to chief operating officer after serving in a number of operational and global account-management roles, including responsibility for Southern’s contract with the Department of Defense’s Air Mobility Command.

“Paul’s background includes a number of roles that relate directly to fostering new and ongoing relationships with leading companies in the markets we serve,” said ATSG president and chief executive Rich Corrado

“I am confident that his complementary skills will help guide ATSG’s leadership team toward investments, service offerings and business relationships that leverage our experience, assets and innovative people, and extend our leadership in the midsize, dedicated aircraft markets we serve.”

Current chief commercial officer Mike Berger will transition to chief strategy officer on December 5.

In this newly created position, Berger will be responsible for the analysis and development of new ventures consistent with ATSG’s global business strategy.

Berger joined ATSG as chief commercial officer in February 2018. ATSG said it has had a strong focus on growing its business globally in recent years, and Berger’s new role will allow for further concentration in key development areas.

Berger held many senior leadership roles during his combined 28-year career at Airborne Express and DHL, including head of sales for the US.

In 2014, Berger became head of global sales for TNT, based in Amsterdam. He held that role through the FedEx acquisition of TNT.

Berger’s sales roots started with Airborne Express, where he held numerous sales management roles before DHL acquired Airborne in 2003.

Corrado said: “Mike’s performance and strong orientation toward developing new strategic revenue and geographic platforms for ATSG has accelerated our growth and diversified our customer base.

“This new position will allow him to support current strategic efforts, evaluate emerging trends, and recommend how best to apply ATSG’s capabilities and strong service culture for leading roles in new, complementary markets.”

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