Swissport International has appointed Warwick Brady as president and CEO. He will succeed Christoph Mueller, who has been acting as the interim CEO since 1 January 2021.

    Mueller will become chairman of the board of directors once Brady assumes the CEO role in spring 2021.

    Brady will also join the board of directors of the company. He is currently the CEO of infrastructure, aviation and energy company Esken, formerly Stobart Group, and is said to have transformed it from a conglomerate into a business focused on aviation and renewable energy.

    Prior to his CEO role at Esken, he was chief operating officer at easyJet for nearly eight years and was part of the leadership team that transformed the airline into a FTSE 100 business. He has held senior roles in Europe, India and Asia throughout his career, including spells at Mandala Airlines, Air Deccan/Kingfisher and Ryanair. He is also a non-executive director at the First Group.

    “With his industry experience and a proven track record in organisational transformation, digitalisation and operational turnarounds, Warwick is the ideal CEO to steer Swissport safely, and drive it with real ambition, as the world and the aviation sector emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Swissport International’s interim chairman of the board of directors David Siegel

    “We expect the market recovery to present us with some challenges but also with significant strategic opportunities. I am confident that Warwick as CEO and Christoph as our future chairman will take Swissport to the next level and position the company as the first-choice partner for airlines globally.”

    Mueller commented: “I am delighted to see Warwick join and head up our executive team and look forward to working with him to bring out the best in our company. At Swissport, we have started to work on transforming the company into a more efficient, agile and digitally savvy organisation. At easyJet, Warwick was instrumental in several successful initiatives aimed at doing just that, and he will play a key role in driving Swissport’s transformation.”

    Brady added: “I am excited and honoured to be asked to lead Swissport in such unprecedented times. There is some hard work ahead, but the potential of Swissport and the medium-term market outlook will certainly make this an exciting journey. We will leverage Swissport’s great legacy of providing airlines around the world with ground services and cargo handling that they can rely on with confidence. And we will speed up Swissport’s already ongoing transformation into a more agile, innovative and efficient organisation and business partner.”