Spairliners has appointed Taco Stouten as head of sales and marketing and René Popp as head of engineering, asset and AOG desk.
Stouten joins from Airbus, where over 12 years he held roles in the sales and marketing department as manager for cabin market insights and as airline marketing manager, among others.
“With his extensive product knowledge, exceptional sales acumen and passion for new technologies, Taco is best equipped to lead Spairliners’ sales organisation to further broaden our customer base and drive revenue growth. We are delighted to have him join our team,” said Spairliners’ CEO and managing director Thies Möller.
“Taco has proven to be highly skilled in identifying customer needs and providing airlines with customised and cost-saving solutions for their fleet requirements. We are confident that he will build on these skills to further elevate our highly flexible component support solutions, especially as we diversify our products to better address the changing needs of A380 operators and increase our focus on innovative offerings for Embraer E-Jet family operators.”
Popp has previously worked at both Airbus and Safran. At the latter company, he oversaw business units in commercial, technical and contractual negotiations as director of customer relations. “We are excited to welcome René to the Spairliners family. He has led a wide variety of corporate and customer projects to success and will be of great value as we further develop our engineering expertise and asset management strategies,” said Spairliners’ CFO and managing director Benoît Rollier.
Popp takes over from Francois de Larambergue, who has moved to a new role within Spairliners’ shareholder, Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance.
The new appointments will support an internal reorganisation aimed at increasing the focus on market demands and efficiency in a rapidly changing business context, Spairliners said. As part of these efforts, Jens Rehder has been appointed head of finance & account management, adding the leadership of the account management team to his existing responsibilities. Benjamin Gabrielle has been appointed head of procurement & supply chain solutions.