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Cindy Lam FORMIA


To: Commercial director From: Managing director, Helios


Cindy brings over 14 years of


experience in the catering and inflight service


equipment area. She started her career with Gate Gourmet Hong Kong and later moved into inflight products, having served in senior leadership positions at DeSter and FiveOceans Inflight. Cindy is keen to develop FORMIA’s amenities business.


Erick Ray ORVEC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED To: Business development executive, Orvec Americas From: Western New York Territory Manager, Ashland Distribution’s plastics division


Recruited to develop Orvec’s American market, Erick brings new business


development and relationship management skills to the team. Erick is expected to clock up many air miles as he seeks to win further business with American carriers, taking advantage of Orvec’s manufacturing facilities in China.


John Slosar CATHAY PACIFIC AIRWAYS To: Chairman


From: Chief executive


In March 2014 John Slosar will succeed Christopher Pratt as chairman. John joined the Swire


group in 1980. He was appointed md of Hong Kong Aircraft


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Engineering Co Ltd in 1996, md of Swire Beverages Ltd. in 1998 and ceo of Cathay Pacific in 2007. He became chief executive in 2011 and is also chairman of Swire Beverages Ltd. and of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd. John has degrees from both Columbia and Cambridge Universities.


Ivan Chu CATHAY PACIFIC To: Chief executive


From: Chief operating officer


Ivan joined Cathay Pacific in 1984 and has worked with the company in Hong Kong, China,


Taiwan, Thailand and Australia. He is also Chairman of AHK Air Hong Kong Ltd. Ivan holds a Masters degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a Bachelors degree in Social Science from the University of Hong Kong.


Franz Josef Firschfink HAMBURG AVIATION To: Managing director From: Lufthansa Technik


Franz Josef will take over from Walter Birkhan, who is retiring from next year. Bernhard


Conrad, president of Hamburg Aviation, said: He is a proven aviation expert with a profound understanding of the industry. With a doctorate in physics, Franz Josef has held many positions in materials management and logistics at Lufthansa, took on the reorganisation of Lufthansa Technik’s engine overhaul services and spent three years as COO at Alitalia Maintenance Systems.


Since 2009, he has been director of technology projects at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg.


Aaron Claxton CATHAY PACIFIC


To: Manager catering services From: General Manager, Oman Air Catering Aaron is responsible for the design, development and business planning of Cathay’s in-flight


catering. Chef-trained in England, he joined the Royal Naval Training Academy in 1984 and served as a chef onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Later he was head chef at Oman Aviation Services and executive chef at the London Clinic, Harley Street. Aaron owned a fine dining restaurant in London and provided catering services to Formula 1 teams. Since then he has moved back to aviation, working for Oman Air and Gulf Air’s in-flight catering division.


Tina Grønbech SSP To: General manager, Denmark From: Choice Hotels Scandinavia A/S Tina's new role will be overseeing 1,000 staff. Her appointment is said to underscore SSP


Denmark’s focus on developing its staff and achieving growth via new business. Kalle Ruuskanen, ceo Nordic said: "Tina’s knowledge of the sector and her talent for motivating and developing high-performance teams will be instrumental in SSP Denmark's development in all of those airports in which the company operates.


Peter Klotz AIR CHARTER SERVICE To: Head of commercial jets, Germany From: Lufthansa


Peter brings a wealth of


experience in the business travel sector from his


previous management roles in Lufthansa and other airlines. Stephan Blank, managing director of ACS Germany, commented: “Peter is a great addition to the team here – his industry knowledge, contacts and broad range of experience will enable us to expand our existing client portfolio and increase our presence in the commercial jets industry in the German-speaking market.”


Antony Price AIR NEW ZEALAND To: General manager UK & Europe From: Director of sales and market development for the Americas


Anthony brings a wealth of market knowledge and experience in the aviation industry to


the role of gm, having also worked for British Airways for 12 years in a range of key sales, project management and IT roles in both the United States and London. Air New Zealand deputy ceo Norm Thompson commented: “Antony has played an integral part in the revenue growth of our North American business over the past three years and demonstrated his strategic vision and ability to drive sales results. We believe he will take Air NZ's UK and Europe operation to the next level of commercial success.”


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