AJW Aviation appoints Daniel Watson, to the role of Chief Commercial Officer as the organisation identifies a new executive team to lead the growth and development of the business worldwide. He will be responsible for: AJW’s significant PBH programme, sales, commercial tenders/proposals and key account management. Importantly, Watson will work across the AJW customer base developing relationships with key airlines as they implement the Group’s innovative new services to transform their operational efficiency.
With a strong background in organisational leadership, strategy, business development, finance, manufacturing and operations, Watson has extensive international experience. He has enjoyed an outstanding sixteen year career with MTU Maintenance and MTU Aero Engines, leading management teams and wide-ranging projects throughout the US, Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Most recently, since 2010, Watson has been VP & Chief Commercial Officer for MTU Maintenance Canada, where he piloted the division to become the benchmark MRO operation within the organisation for profitability, customer satisfaction and employee motivation. He was also responsible for the capture and management of contracts and programmes worth several billions of USD covering aircraft and engine components, leasing and engine MRO for commercial and military aircraft. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an MBA and a respected industry adviser. A familiar face and regular presenter at conferences and panel discussions, Watson’s extensive knowledge and multi-faceted experience will enhance AJW’s presence at major industry events.
Christopher Whiteside, President – AJW Group, welcomes the experience and drive that has been the hallmark of Watson’s career, and his expertise across the aerospace, defence and financial/leasing sectors of the industry. “Daniel’s reputation as a cross-functional leader at the world’s largest independent engine MRO will strengthen our growth initiatives as we pioneer new services and niche support in the changing global marketplace. This is a strategic position which demands a detailed knowledge of industry standards, trends and emerging technologies to deliver optimum value for our customers. In keeping with our policy to recruit outstanding industry professionals that can take our vision for the business forwards and generate unbeatable competitive advantage, Daniel will lead commercial negotiations with customers at AJW Aviation and AJW Engines divisions. He will empower our commercial teams with knowledge transfer of the highest calibre and be at the forefront of our authoritative new executive force.”
Watson will report directly to Boris Wolstenholme, CEO of AJW Aviation and will work closely with Christopher Whiteside and the Executive Management team. He joins the organisation on April 11th and will be based at AJW’s corporate headquarters in the UK.