February 2014 People
Steve Gunning has been appointed CEO of IAG Cargo. Gunning has senior management and leadership experience in both the finance and airline industries. Prior to this appointment, he was managing director for British Airways World Cargo. Gunning has spent the past two years integrating the British Airways and Iberia cargo divisions into a single business.
Cathay Pacific Airways named Rupert Hogg as COO, effective March. Hogg will also become director of Cathay Pacific. He takes over the role from Ivan Chu, who will become Cathay Pacific’s chief executive. The current chief executive, John Slosar, will succeed Christopher Pratt as chairman of the airline, John Swire & Sons Ltd., Swire Pacific Ltd., Swire Properties Ltd. and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Ltd. Hogg is now director sales and marketing – a position he took in August 2010. From 2008 to 2010, he was director cargo.
Greg Hart was named executive vice president and COO of United Airlines, succeeding Pete McDonald, who is retiring after nearly 45 years with United. In his new position, Hart will be responsible for airport operations, cargo, technical operations, network operations, flight operations, inflight service, safety and food services. He previously served as United's senior vice president of technical operations and before that, he held the role of senior vice president network. Hart joined the airline in 1997.
Air Canada Cargo made a few appointments. Vito Cerone, previously director, cargo sales, Americas, was named director, marketing & sales, Americas. Cerone will be responsible for developing a marketing strategy that will promote the Air Canada Cargo brand. Supporting him in this role is Matthieu Casey, who has been appointed general sales manager – Canada. Casey was previously regional sales manager – cargo Eastern Canada.
Lisa Brock, executive manager at Qantas Freight, internally transferred to take up a new role as CCO for the Jetstar Group. Brock has served three years in the Qantas Freight business.
Tom Ruth has been selected as president and CEO of Edmonton Airports. Ruth will begin his new role on Jan. 20, 2014. He is now president and CEO of the Halifax International Airport Authority, the largest air transportation complex in Atlantic Canada. He has an extensive background in both airline and airport operations and is also chair of the Canadian Airports Council. Prior to his position at HIAA, Ruth was president and CEO at Oceanex, an intermodal transportation specialist in Newfoundland, which he led until its privatization in 2007.
John Barnett, founder and former owner of Wexco Airfreight, passed away on Jan. 8 following a long-term illness. Barnett founded Wexco in 1979 and retired in 2010. The company became part of the Kales GSA network, but retains its original name.
MAINTENANCE & MANUFACTURERS
Boeing named Dennis A. Muilenburg as vice chairman, president and COO. Muilenburg was previously executive vice president and president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security. Muilenburg has 28 years of Boeing experience, having joined its Seattle military aircraft division in 1985. Raymond L. Conner was promoted to vice chairman, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Conner has led the Commercial Airplanes unit since June 2012. He is a 35-year company veteran who began his career as an airplane mechanic.