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Our Leadership

John Menzies | Boardroom
Dr. Dermot F. Smurfit
Chairman - Appointed July 2016

Dermot brings a wealth of cross-industry experience to bear on his leadership of the Company, having previously served as Chairman of Powerflute Oyj and having held a number of senior positions within the Jefferson Smurfit Group, including joint Deputy Chairman (1994-2003) and worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing (1997-2003).               

Dermot is a former Chairman of Anker PLC, Peach Holdings PLC, the World Containerboard Organisation and FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. He was also previously Chairman of Eurolink Motorway Services Limited and a Director of ACE Limited, Aon BV., Timber Capital Limited and The Forest Company Limited.

 

Forsyth Black
Chief Executive Officer - Appointed September 2018

Forsyth assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer upon the disposal of Menzies Distribution in September 2018, having previously served as President & Managing Director, Menzies Aviation.

During the course of his 18 year career with the Group, Forsyth has worked in a number of commercial and operational leadership roles across both its Aviation and Distribution operations. He brings extensive commercial, managerial and business development experience to the Board, having launched and grown Menzies’ African and Indian Aviation businesses as well as having led the entry of Menzies Distribution into the parcel delivery market.

Giles Wilson
Executive Director: Chief Financial Officer - Appointed June 2016

Giles has worked with the Group since 2011 in a variety of senior roles, including Finance Director of Menzies Aviation and Senior Vice-President of the Group’s African, Middle East and Indian Operations. A chartered accountant, he was formerly Finance Director of Commercial Estates Group and held senior finance positions at Gallaher Group PLC, including Finance Director UK.

Giles brings great financial acumen and a deep knowledge of the Aviation Services market to his role on the Board.

John Geddes
Executive Director: Corporate Affairs Director & Group Company Secretary - Appointed November 2016

John has held the position of Group Company Secretary since 2006, having joined the Group in 1997, and was appointed to the Board in late 2016 as Director of Corporate Affairs.

John possesses a keen and comprehensive understanding of the Aviation Services market and his responsibilities include Governance, Risk and Investor Relations. As a Chartered Secretary, John’s career has included Company Secretariat posts at both Bank of Scotland plc and Guinness plc.

David Garman
Non-Executive Director - Appointed June 2015

David brings comprehensive industrial and logistics sector expertise to the Board.

He was previously Chief Executive of TDG plc, a European contract logistics and supply chain management business; an Executive Director of Associated British Foods plc; held Non-Executive directorships at St Modwen Properties PLC, Kewill Limited, Victoria PLC and Phoenix IT Group PLC: and occupied a variety of management roles at United Biscuits.

Silla Maizey
Non-Executive Director - Appointed May 2014

Silla is a qualified accountant and brings vast experience of the air travel industry to the Board.

She enjoyed an Executive career at British Airways (1978-2012) holding a number of roles within Finance, Procurement, Corporate Responsibility and Customer Services. Most recently Silla served as Managing Director of London Gatwick.

Geoff Eaton
Non-Executive Director - Appointed June 2015

Geoff is a chartered accountant and has had an expansive Executive career, with roles including Chief Operating Officer of Premier Foods plc and Chief Executive Officer of Uniq plc. He has a distinguished business-to-business track record in both Europe and the United States, experience of diverse corporate cultures and brings the knowledge gleaned from his broad international business exposure to his Board position.

Paul Baines
Non-Executive Director - Appointed June 2016

Paul brings extensive Corporate Finance experience to the Board and currently holds the position of Chairman of the Shareholder Committee of the Shepherd Building Group Limited.

Since 2013 Paul has held senior advisory roles with Vermilion, a leading China-based investment banking firm, and Smith Square Partners, a UK-based independent corporate advisory firm. He served Hawkpoint Partners, a then leading independent corporate advisory business, as Chief Executive (2003-2009) and Executive Chairman (2009-2013); was a main board director of Collins Stewart Hawkpoint plc (2006-2012); and, prior to joining Hawkpoint Partners in 2000, was Chief Executive (Corporate Finance Division) of Charterhouse Bank. 

Philipp Joeinig
Non-Executive Director - Appointed June 2017

Philipp brings a deep understanding of the Aviation Services industry to the Board, having occupied a number of executive director roles within Swissport International Limited over a ten year period (2007-2016) as a member of the Management Board, latterly being in charge of all businesses in Europe Central, East and West. Prior to this his career included management consultant roles with both Management Consulting Group PLC and Lausanne Consulting Group Limited.