AJW Aviation Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

 AJW Aviation has recruited on the 29th of February an experienced international finance expert, Thomas van de Wiel, in the role of Chief Financial Officer to lead the finance and legal functions within the Company and support certain affiliates and subsidiaries of the AJW Group. As a Board Director, he will be responsible for the formulation of the financial and operational strategy for the business, controlling finance, taxation, corporate governance, forecasting and deal analysis.

This appointment follows an eight year career with Harsco Corporation (a diversified industrial services company with a $1.5bn turnover and 175 sites in 35 countries and listed on the New York Stock Exchange) where Van de Wiel was most recently Finance Director at Harsco Metals & Minerals, responsible for a team of 50 finance staff across 16 European countries. Prior to that he spent four years as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (Western & Eastern Europe) for DHL Supply Chain, and worked as Controller Worldwide Operations, KLM Cargo from 2001-2004.

Christopher Whiteside, President – AJW Group, recognises the strengths that van de Wiel will bring and the significance of this key appointment as AJW continues its focus on growth and integrated aviation support for airlines worldwide. “This is a strategic position which demands a high degree of autonomy and decision making. Our policy is to recruit exceptional individuals that understand our vision and most importantly, know what to do to make it happen. Thomas has demonstrated proven change leadership with the structured and analytical approach that drives continuous improvement. He will be the cornerstone of our new management structure and we welcome him to the Group as we evolve to meet new challenges and continue to innovate.”

Van de Wiel will also work on financing negotiations, tax matters and investor relations. He takes up the position in early March and will be based at AJW’s corporate headquarters in the UK.

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