Swissport announces regional re-jig and new CIO

Dave Lynch. Source: Swissport

Swissport has announced the appointment of a new chief information officer (CIO) and a re-organisation of its European clusters.

Dave Lynch will be joining the ground handler as CIO and will also become a member of the executive leadership team.

A starting date will be announced in due time. He succeeds Giuseppe Genovesi, who stepped down from his position in July.

Lynch joins Swissport from FirstGroup, a private sector provider of rail and bus transport in the UK, where he has held the position of CIO since 2014.

Prior to that, Lynch worked at the Go-Ahead Group Plc, another of Britain’s largest public transportation companies, first as group technology director and then as group technology and procurement director.

He will report to Warwick Brady, president and chief executive of Swissport.

Brady said: “With his vast experience, Dave has what it takes to bring Swissport to the next level of process integration and digitisation, supporting a further enhanced service delivery.”

Regional updates

Meanwhile, the company also announced it would combine the market management for Germany and Austria under one roof with Switzerland, Italy and France.

Bruno Stefani, managing director for Switzerland, Italy and France, will take over management of the enlarged cluster.

Also, Swissport Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Bulgaria, which were all part of continental Europe, will be merged with the Middle East and Africa (MEA) cluster.

Dirk Goovaerts, managing director MEA  and global cargo chair, will also assume responsibility for these markets.

“The streamlined structure, which sees a consolidation of market clusters, is in line with Swissport’s credo to ‘govern the company centrally and manage the business locally’,” the company said.

“Within globally aligned principles, this enables us to further increase the agility of the company by empowering capable local leaders.

“They are accountable for the success of their service delivery and for the satisfaction of their customers, similar to a franchise model.”

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