Chapman Freeborn makes appointments as it marks International Women’s Day

Catriona Taylor (L) and Jenny van Wyk. Source: Chapman Freeborn

Chapman Freeborn has promoted Catriona Taylor to the role of global supplier relations director and Jenny van Wyk to country manager – South Africa, both newly-created positions.

In her role as global supplier relations director, Taylor will focus on “building and strengthening operator relationships both new and old, with carriers and other operators across all products within the group”.

She has worked for the company for 18 years, most recently in the role of group passenger operations director.

Meanwhile, van Wyk has worked for Chapman Freeborn for more than nine years as a member of the passenger team based in South Africa.

“The role of country manager – South Africa will see her managing operations, developing business and ensuring that the operations of the office align with the company’s mission and objectives,” the charter broker said.

The appointment comes after the broker recently announced an expansion of its team in Africa.

International Women’s Day

The company said that the appointments had helped boost the number of women it employs in leadership positions, with the news being announced just before International Women’s Day.

The company has experienced an 18% increase in women in leadership positions compared with this time last year.

Meanwhile, Chapman Freeborn’s workforce now comprises 45% women, which is “significantly higher than the aerospace industry average of just 24%”.

“While we look beyond gender at Chapman Freeborn; we’re proud of the parity that exists throughout the business – from senior leadership positions to new hires,” said Sara Petre, head of human resources, Chapman Freeborn,

“Our recruitment process and company culture reward performance and capability over individual characteristics, so seeing women make up 45% of the business is brilliant. That said, barriers still exist, and it’s our responsibility as an industry to challenge them.”

Chapman Freeborn is aiming to “significantly exceed” the workforce growth it achieved in 2022 as it looks to expand the business.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]