July 2011: People


Aloha Air Cargo has promoted Johnny Hobayan to vice president of sales and marketing. Previously serving as senior director of sales and business development, Hobayan will now be responsible for developing strategies to engage opportunities in Hawaii and abroad, managing sales and marketing budgets, coordinating communications efforts, and developing significant client accounts.

Peter Hunt will assume the role of senior vice president and CFO at Virgin America on July 11. Hunt, who will work from Virgin’s corporate headquarters in California, joins the carrier from Pinnacle Airlines, where he served as vice president and CFO. He has also worked as managing director of corporate finance at Continental Airlines.

Safi Airways has announced the appointments of two individuals to key management roles. Zaidan Khalifat has been named director of quality and safety, and Miguel Serra has been designated director of ground operations and the operations control center. A veteran of Arik Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines, Khalifat will work with regulators to ensure both the crew and airline meet international standards. Serra, who previously served at Arik Air and Vueling Airlines, will manage flight dispatchers and overall aircraft operations.


The Airport Authority Hong Kong has announced the appointments of six new board members, in addition to the reappointment of the chairman and five board members. Marvin Cheung Kin-tung, who was reappointed as chairman for a second three-year term, joins previous board members Raymond Ho Chung-tai and Benjamin Hung Pi-cheng, among others. Edward Cheng Wai-sun, Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung, Miriam Lau Kin-yee, Lee Shing-see, Caroline Mak Sui-king and Albert Wong Kwai-huen are the new board members.

Third Parties

Damco has named Roberto Moreno managing director for the east coast of South America cluster. Based in Sao Paulo, he will be responsible for Damco’s operations in Argentina and Brazil and for the company’s agents in Uruguay and Paraguay. Moreno joins Damco from Schenker Brazil, where he spent the last five years as operations director.

OHL has tapped Steve Russell to serve as president, global freight management and logistics, for the 3PL’s Asia-Pacific region. Before joining OHL, Russell helped SEKO Global Logistics expand into the EMEA region; he has also served as the Asia-Pacific president for Salesforce.com and a partner at Alrod International.

Concert Group Logistics has named Ian Oliver its new director, corporate operations; Ron Miller, a 10-year industry veteran, has been hired as controller. Among other duties, Oliver will work to automate the company’s communications.
Swissport Losch has named Christian Zweifel its new general manager of company operations in Munich. Bruno Stefani, who serves as deputy general manager of Swissport Losch Munich and key account manager of Lufthansa Munich, will assist him in his new role.


Tony Tyler has taken over as director general and CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Giovanni Bisignani had served as the head of IATA for 10 years. Peter Hartman is the new chairman of the board of governors. Following his one-year term, Alan Joyce will become head of the board.

Peter Bottomley, a member of parliament serving Worthington West, has been named president of the British International Freight Association (BIFA). Bottomley previously served as roads minister for the Department of Transport. The organization also tapped Steve Parker to succeed Andrew Melton as national chairman of BIFA. Parker, who last served as vice chairman, is DHL Global Forwarding’s head of Customs and brokerage, Europe.

Air Cargo Management Group has selected Jacob Netz as a senior consultant. Netz, who had worked in freight conversions at Israel Aerospace Industries for nearly 20 years, will work on conversion-related projects. He most recently worked for Bedeck Aviation Group as director of analysis and strategy freighter conversions.

AerCap Holdings N.V. has named Aengus Kelly CEO and a member of its board of directors. Succeeding Klaus Heinemann, Kelly has overseen AerCap’s operations in North and South America since 2008. Heinemann, who chose not to renew his contract, has also retired as a member of the board of directors.

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