Swissport adds to board of directors

Janina Kugel, former managing board member and chief human resources officer of Siemens (left), and Julian Diaz Gonzalez, former chief executive of Dufry (now Avolta). Photo: Swissport

Aviation services company Swissport has appointed Janina Kugel, former managing board member and chief human resources officer of Siemens and Julian Diaz Gonzalez, former chief executive of Dufry (now Avolta) to its board as non-executive directors.

Germany-based Kugel has had an extensive career in human resources, which she began at Siemens in 2001. As chief human resources officer from 2015 to 2020, she led the company’s cultural transformation with a focus on diversity, digitalization and the future of work.

Following her time at Siemens, Kugel has served on a number of boards, including as a non-executive director at TUI, and has also taken on a senior advisor role at Boston Consulting Group.

Gonzalez is the former chief executive of the travel retail group Dufry. During his tenure from 2004 to 2022, he led Dufry through significant growth and numerous acquisitions, transforming the Swiss-listed (SIX) company into the world’s number one travel retailer.

Gonzalez has spent almost his entire career in the travel-retail industry and has held leadership positions at Latinoamericana Duty-Free and Aeroboutiques/Deor.

“We are delighted that Swissport has been able to recruit two such exceptional individuals for a position on the board of directors,” said David Siegel, chairman of the board of Swissport.

“With their wealth of expertise, Janina Kugel and Julian Diaz Gonzalez are a perfect fit to support Swissport’s next phase of strategic growth and development, and to further strengthen its position as a global market leader.”

The Swissport board sets the strategic priorities of the Swissport Group and continuously reviews and develops the corporate governance framework, policies and procedures to support the business activities and be compliant with corporate governance recommendations and statutory requirements.

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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]