Unilode names Janis Balkens COO

Janis Balkens. Photo: Unilode

Outsourced ULD management, repair and digital services provider Unilode Aviation Solutions has appointed Janis Balkens to the position of chief operating officer.

Most recently, Balkens was regional chief executive for new and emerging markets at handler dnata. He has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership, operational and commercial roles in the aviation industry and has worked extensively with airports, airlines, ground handlers and logistics companies.

Balkens said: “Unilode’s dedication to driving operational efficiencies aligns with my passion for delivering the highest level of performance to all our customers.

“I strongly believe that successful leadership of both local and global teams requires trust, empowerment, and respect, and I look forward to working with the talented Unilode team to build on the company’s successes and continue to elevate our services and partnerships globally.

“Together, we will provide our customers and partners with mutually beneficial solutions and drive our businesses forward.”

Unilode chief executive Ross Marino said Balkens will “play a pivotal role in leading Unilode’s operations to new heights”.

He added that Balkens is “extremely well placed to continue to deliver operational excellence at Unilode, and his operational and commercial expertise with a strong focus on quality and safety will strengthen Unilode’s market leader position in the ULD and galley cart sector.”

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