Air Partner announces Peter Saunders to the Board as independent Non-Executive Director

– UK, London – Air Partner plc is pleased to announce the following appointment to its Board.

Peter Saunders will be joining the Board as an Independent Non-Executive Director with effect from 18 September 2014. Peter will also be appointed as a member of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee with effect from 2 December 2014.

Peter currently serves as a non-executive director of Canadian Tire Corporation Limited, a multi-billion dollar Canadian retail giant, Godiva Chocolatier NV, a prestige chocolate branded retailer, Total Wine & More, one of the leading wine, spirits and beer retailers in the USA and Jack Wills Ltd, the British clothing brand. He was Chairman of The Body Shop International plc from 2008 to 2009, having served as their Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2008. In addition Peter also served as non-executive director of The Second Cup Ltd, a Canadian Speciality Coffee Chain. Heearned his Bachelor of Science from McGill University and Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Peter replaces current Independent Non-Executive Director, Chuck Pollard, who has decided after five years to step down from the Board and as a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees with effect from 2 December 2014. Chuck joined the Air Partner Board in July 2009 and brought to the Company, over 20 years’ experience of the international non-scheduled airline industry as the former CEO of OmniAir International and World Airways. 

Richard Everitt, Chairman of Air Partner commented: “I am delighted that Peter has agreed to join the Air Partner Board. He brings a wealth of experience having served in a variety of executive and non-executive director roles and has proven experience in leadership, merchandising & branding, marketing, strategic planning, systems implementation and new product development across the globe.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Chuck for his valued service to the Company over the past five years and his significant contribution to the Board and the Audit and Remuneration Committees.  Chuck’s experience, financial knowledge and business acumen have greatly benefitted the Company and on behalf of the Board I wish him well for the future. 

The changes announced today are in line with our on-going programme to refresh the Board and ensure that we have the optimum balance of skills, knowledge, diversity and experience on the Board.”

About Air Partner:

Air Partner plc (LSE: AIP) is an international provider of aviation services to industry, commerce, governments and individuals worldwide.  The Company has earned global recognition as a leading aircraft charter broker and organises ad hoc charters of aircraft of every size for any reason.  Its three main divisions, supported by a host of support teams, comprise Air Partner Private Jet Broking, Air Partner Commercial Jet Broking and Air Partner Freight Broking.  Private Jet Broking offers ad-hoc charter and the Company’s unique pre-paid JetCard scheme.  The Commercial Jet Broking division charters large airliners with 20 to 500 seats for groups of every size.  Air Partner Freight Broking charters aircraft of every size to fly any cargo anywhere, at any time.  With its headquarters in the UK, the Group was formed in 1961 and is fully listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Air Partner’s expertise at providing unsurpassed private flying experiences at the best price is recognised by the honour that it is the only Company in the aviation industry to hold a Royal Warrant, as Supplier of Aircraft Charter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a globally recognised mark of excellence.

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