Swissport appoints new CEO for UK and Ireland


Swissport International has appointed Luzius Wirth as chief executive officer (CEO) for Swissport UK and Ireland as of 1 June 2017 – replacing Tommy Watt – who is taking early retirement.

Wirth will remain in his additional role as EVP of Group Services. As a member of the Group’s executive management, he will continue to report directly to Eric Born, president & CEO of Swissport International.

Wirth joined Swissport in 2012 and has since taken up various prominent leadership roles within the Group and since 2014 he has held responsibility for Swissport’s Group Services. From June 2017, his new tasks will include a focus on further developing and expanding the regional organization, as well as driving customer-orientation and sustainable growth across the UK and Ireland.

Watt will retire from his daily activities by the end of July 2017, after holding a number of senior managerial positions in the ground handling industry over the past 40 years.

Born says: “The UK & Ireland are important markets for us. We are committed to ensure a smooth transition and to continue to deliver services to our valued customers with reliability, consistency and quality. We all wish Tommy only the best for his future.”