Chapman Freeborn appoints three new regional leaders

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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Global air charter specialist Chapman Freeborn has appointed three new leaders to head up its regional divisions as it prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023.

Reto Hunziker is regional director, Europe; David McCown is president, Americas; and Sharon Vaz-Arab is regional director, IMEA.

Earlier this month, Andy Hudson was also named regional chief executive, APAC. 

The new management team brings over 80 years’ experience in the aviation sector to help grow Chapman Freeborn’s global footprint and spearhead a major recruitment drive.

“We are heading into 2023 and beyond with the best expertise and knowledge at the helm of our company,” said Eric Erbacher, chief executive, Chapman Freeborn.

“Chapman Freeborn’s 50th anniversary in May is fast approaching, and as we prepare to celebrate this momentous occasion, we are also celebrating the growth, direction, and success that we have mapped out in our plans for the coming years.”

Reto Hunziker. Photo: Chapman Freeborn

Reto Hunziker. Photo: Chapman Freeborn

Hunziker has worked with Chapman Freeborn since 2013, including roles as group cargo director and group cargo and onboard courier sales director.

“There is still a lot of untapped potential in Europe that we can access in a more efficient and effective way,” said Hunziker.

“The first step towards this will be onboarding new trainees and inspiring the NextGen to enter the industry.”

David McCown

David McCown. Photo: Chapman Freeborn

McCown who launched the world’s first online reservation system for the private jet industry in 1996, will continue to grow Chapman Freeborn’s diverse network in the Americas whilst spearheading career development within the Americas team.

“Chapman Freeborn has a long history of strength in the global aviation industry, driven by a highly experienced and capable team,” said McCown.

“I look forward to continuing to drive its rapid growth and make Chapman Freeborn the employer of choice in the private aviation industry.”

Sharon Vaz. Photo: Chapman Freeborn

Sharon Vaz. Photo: Chapman Freeborn

Vaz-Arab brings over 30 years’ experience to her new role and is a veteran of the IMEA region, with career highlights including director of Middle East and Indian operations for Cargolux Airlines and manager of global accounts for Etihad Airways.

“I  am excited to strengthen and connect Chapman Freeborn’s vast networks across IMEA, generate new business, and develop its cargo and passenger air charter operations,” said Vaz-Arab.

 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]