Chapman Freeborn appoints Sharon Vaz-Arab as new IMEA regional director

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Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Sharon Vaz-Arab, aviation expert with 30+ years of experience, as its new Director – IMEA (India, Middle East & Africa).

Vaz-Arab arrives at the company following 26 years at Cargolux Airlines, where she began in sales and progressed to director of Middle East and Indian operations. She also managed global accounts for Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Based in the company’s Dubai office, Vaz-Arab is now tasked with managing its business in the IMEA region. She will be working closely with Neil Dursley, Chapman Freeborn’s chief commercial officer, and will play a crucial role in his global team.

Dursley commented: “We are delighted to welcome Sharon to Chapman Freeborn, her wealth of knowledge and expertise will be fundamental to our strategic growth plans for IMEA. Having worked across the industry in the Middle East with Sharon for over 20 years, I have every confidence that she will achieve great success in this new role at Chapman Freeborn.”

Vaz-Arab commented: “Dubai is a location of significant strategic importance, bridging the western and eastern territories, and serving as a hub to many of the world’s top companies. I am looking forward to linking Chapman Freeborn’s IMEA interests to generate new business, developing its cargo and passenger air charter operations.

“The UAE government has always supported business in Dubai, setting up over 30 free-zones across the city to boost economic development.  As we emerge from this crisis, I am excited to be part of the Chapman Freeborn team and work towards building our network in the IMEA region.”