WFS strengthens leadership team as it steps up its global cargo and ground handling ambitions

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 24, 2017 12:58

WFS strengthens leadership team as it steps up its global cargo and ground handling ambitions

Craig Smyth, Group CEO of Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), has announced new appointments to further strengthen the company’s leadership team.

WFS’ Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia regions will be divided into two service product regions – Cargo and Ground Handling – to facilitate the execution of the company’s strategic plans. John Batten will lead WFS’ Cargo operations as EVP Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA); and Will Facey, currently Head of Network Operations at EasyJet, will join WFS on 28 August this year as EVP Ground Handling operations for Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia (EMEAA).

Barry Nassberg, formerly Group COO, becomes Group Chief Commercial Officer, reporting to Craig Smyth. He will be responsible for leading and coordinating WFS’ network commercial activities; while Justin Jaques, formerly VP Asia & Middle East, will become SVP Group Commercial, reporting to Barry, to focus on global key accounts and major tenders. The new WFS Commercial function will operate from Roissy, Paris.

WFS has also named Catherine Thomas as General Counsel & Head of Legal. Catherine brings with her 25 years of legal experience acquired in the UK and in France.

In support of its number one priority to be a world class provider of safety and security, in recent months WFS has also appointed David Clark as Global as Head of Safety & Security, Pedro Garcia as Chief Information Officer and Fabienne Bricaud as Global Head of People.

Commenting on the appointments, Craig Smyth said: “We have clear strategic goals for the future of WFS and the leadership team we are building will drive this next phase of our expansion. In putting this team together, we are combining the existing knowledge and extensive expertise already in the company with new blood as we develop our world class suite of aviation services for our customers through our one global network.”

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 24, 2017 12:58