Menzies Aviation builds new board following acquisition

By Rebecca Jeffrey

Source: Menzies

Global aviation logistics specialist Menzies Aviation has appointed three new members to its new board.

Ehab Aziz, Cheryl Martin and Thomas Plenborg have joined the new board, chaired by Hassan El-Houry, that was established following the acquisition of Menzies by Agility.

The board will support the executive management team in guiding Menzies’ development.

Ehab Aziz

Ehab Aziz. Photo: Agility

Ehab Aziz is the group chief financial officer for Agility. His financial experience and mergers and acquisition experience are anticipated to support Menzies’ growth ambitions.

Cheryl Martin is founder of Harwich Partners, working with public and private sector entities to identify drivers to accelerate the adoption of new technologies into key markets.

Alongside innovation, Martin will focus on sustainability in support of Menzies’ ‘All In’ strategy, as it works towards becoming carbon neutral by 2033.

Cheryl Martin

Cheryl Martin. Photo: Menzies

Thomas Plenborg is chairman of global transport and logistics company DSV and chairman of ECIT, an accounting and IT services company.

His breadth of experience in the European logistics industry will assist Menzies as it embarks on a period of rapid growth, said the company.

Thomas Plenborg

Thomas Plenborg. Photo: Menzies

As part of the acquisition deal, which was agreed on August 4 this year, the Menzies executive management team, including chief executive Philipp Joeinig, remained in place.

El-Houry became chairman of the board having previously been group chief executive of Agility subsidiary National Aviation Services (NAS), which is joining forces with Menzies under the ownership of Agility.

Menzies said that significant progress has been made on combining NAS into the Menzies business to become the world’s largest aviation services company by number of countries and second largest by airports served. Together, it will handle more than 600,000 aircraft turns, 2m tonnes of cargo and 2.5m fuelling turns per year.

El-Houry said: “It is an exciting time to be part of Menzies and a privilege to serve as Chairman. I’m thrilled to welcome three new board members to Menzies, with each bringing unique qualities and expertise to the table as we enter a new era of accelerated growth.

“Our focus is on becoming the undisputed number one in aviation services globally, whilst continuing to give back to local communities and providing a safe and secure service to our customers. Our new board members will all play a critical role in preparing our business for this exciting new chapter and in our future success.

“We are on track to achieve a swift integration of Menzies and NAS with our first location, Abidjan International Airport on the Cote d’Ivoire, set to turn blue by the end of this month. With operations in 58 countries and 250-plus airports, we are the largest aviation services company by number of countries and second largest by airports served.”

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