Chapman Freeborn restructures management positions

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Chapman Freeborn's, Pierre van der Stichele and Reto Hunziker
Chapman Freeborn's, Pierre van der Stichele and Reto Hunziker

Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has unveiled a new senior management structure, which it says will help it deliver further growth across the group.

The air charter firm says building on its strong performance this year, it has appointed Pierre van der Stichele to the newly-created role of group cargo operations director as one of a number of senior level promotions.

He has a 25-year background in the air cargo industry with vast experience in global charter operations, having previously held positions with airlines including Southern Air Transport, Antonov Design Bureau and Evergreen International Airlines.

Van der Stichele, who starts his new role with immediate effect, joins group cargo and OBC sales director, Reto Hunziker in heading up Chapman Freeborn’s cargo product on a global basis.

Hunziker says: “We’re delighted to welcome Pierre to the senior management team and I look forward to working alongside him. He is highly respected across the industry and has made a significant contribution to the success of Chapman Freeborn over the last decade. We look forward to seeing him succeed in his new group role.”

Van der Stichele’s promotion follows the appointment of Philip Mathews as chief commercial officer earlier this month.

Van der Stichele adds: “I’m looking forward to working with Reto and the rest of the management team in helping to shape Chapman Freeborn’s future direction. Our cargo teams around the world continue to go from strength to strength and we’re very excited by the future prospects.”

Chapman Freeborn says it is to build on strong performance in 2016, when it increased investment in emerging territories, the company has further consolidated its position in key mature markets.

Hunziker says: “Following a particularly strong performance in the third quarter, we’ve seen several of our global offices exceed their annual targets already – including our two largest operations in Germany and the UK. It’s also been very positive to see our teams achieving success in developing markets like Africa – where business is up over 60 per cent on 2015 figures.”

Chapman Freeborn says in the commercial charter market, outsize cargo and project related charters have helped to fuel growth in 2016, while the automotive sector has also represented growth in several key charter markets.