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Our Leadership

John Menzies | Boardroom
Dr. Dermot F. Smurfit

Dermot became Chairman of the Company in July 2016. He was Chairman of Powerflute Oyj until December 2014 and the joint Deputy Chairman of Jefferson Smurfit Group plc, a leading packaging group, from 1994 to 2003 and its worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing from 1997 until 2003. Prior to this he held a number of other senior positions within the Group.

Dermot is the current Chairman of ML Capital Group and a former Chairman of the World Containerboard Organisation and of FEFCO, the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers. Dermot was also previously Chairman of Eurolink Motorway Services Limited, a toll road operator for one of the largest single toll roads in Ireland, a Director of both ACE Limited, a major worldwide insurance company, and Aon BV, a major insurance broking business, and CEO/Director of the TMG Group, an Irish engineering group. He was a Non-Executive Director of Timber Capital Limited until January 2017.


Forsyth Black
Chief Executive Officer

Forsyth is Chief Executive Officer of John Menzies plc and was appointed to the Board in January 2016. He has been with the Group for more than 18 years, during which time he has occupied predominantly senior Aviation roles.

He has a strong track record in commercial, managerial and business development disciplines, having driven the creation or reinvention of all the major business units placed under his leadership.

Forsyth served as Senior Vice-President of Africa, the Middle East and India; Managing Director of Menzies Distribution, a former subsidiary of John Menzies plc; and most recently as President & Managing Director of Menzies Aviation. 

Giles Wilson
Executive Director: Chief Financial Officer

Giles was appointed Chief Financial Officer of John Menzies plc with effect from 1 June 2016. Giles has worked with the Group since 2011 in a variety of senior roles including Finance Director of Menzies Aviation. Previously he was based in Dubai as Senior Vice-President of the Group’s Middle East, Indian and African operations.  A Chartered Accountant he was previously Finance Director of Commercial Estates Group and prior to that held senior finance positions at Gallaher Group Plc including Finance Director UK.

John Geddes
Executive Director: Corporate Affairs Director & Group Company Secretary

John was appointed to the Board in November 2016 as Corporate Affairs Director, having first joined the Group in 1997. Prior to this appointment John held the position of Group Company Secretary, a role which he assumed in 2006 and which he currently retains. John has an extensive knowledge of both operating divisions and spent two years working within the Aviation division. Within his role, John supports the Board and his Executive colleagues and is responsible for key areas such as 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. He is a board member of the Airport Services Association, an industry body which brings together the world’s major ground handling service providers and suppliers, and is a member of IATA's Ground Handling Group.

David Garman
Non-Executive Director

David was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2015. He has a broad range of industrial experience and was previously Chief Executive of TDG plc (now TDG Limited), a European contract logistics and supply chain management business, an Executive Director of Associated British Foods plc and held a variety of management roles at United Biscuits. David is currently a Non-Executive Director of Troy Income & Growth Trust plc and a director of several private companies. He has held Non-Executive directorships at St Modwen Properties plc, Kewill Limited, Victoria plc and Phoenix IT Group plc within the last five years.

Silla Maizey
Non-Executive Director

Silla was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in May 2014 having enjoyed an Executive career at British Airways where she worked in a number of different functions. Most recently, Silla served as Managing Director of London Gatwick but was previously involved in Finance, Procurement, Corporate Responsibility and Customer Services. Silla is Chair of NHS Business Services Authority and was recently appointed a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail Limited. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Crown Commercial Service, a Government Executive agency responsible for centralised procurement for government departments and the wider public sector. Silla is a qualified accountant.

Geoff Eaton
Non-Executive Director

Geoff was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2015. Geoff has had an extensive Executive career which includes the positions of Chief Operating Officer of Premier Foods plc and Chief Executive Officer of Uniq plc. He has extensive business-to-business experience in both Europe and the United States and is currently Chairman of both New England Seafood International Limited and Butcher’s Pet Care Limited. Geoff is a chartered accountant.

Paul Baines
Non-Executive Director

Paul was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in June 2016. Since 2013 he has held senior advisory roles with both Vermilion, a leading China-based investment banking firm which provides advisory services in China, the United States, Europe and other Asian markets, and Smith Square Partners, a UK-based independent corporate advisory firm. Prior to joining Hawkpoint Partners in 2000, Paul held the position of Chief Executive (Corporate Finance Division) of Charterhouse Bank. He was thereafter appointed Chief Executive of Hawkpoint in 2003 and Executive Chairman from 2009 until 2013. He was a director of Collins Stewart Hawkpoint plc from 2006 until 2012.

Philipp Joeinig
Non-Executive Director

Philipp was appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director in June 2017. Philipp has experience from an Executive career in management consultancy and the aviation services industry. He spent six years as a management consultant with Management Consulting Group PLC and Lausanne Consulting Group Limited before moving to the Swissport Group where he spent nine years in a number of senior executive positions, latterly as Executive Vice President of Europe Central, East & West.