– UK, London – BBA Aviation plc – Nick Land, the Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and Senior Independent Director has notified the Board that he will not be seeking re-election at the Company’s Annual General Meeting in 2016. Nick joined the Company’s Board in 2006, becoming Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2007 and senior independent director in 2010.
Immediately following the conclusion of the AGM in 2016, Susan Kilsby will be appointed as the Senior Independent Director. She will continue in her role as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Susan has been a non-executive director since 2012. Wayne Edmunds who joined the Board in 2013 will be appointed Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Peter Edwards and Peter Ventress will be appointed as non-executive directors of the Company with effect from 1 January 2016.
Peter Edwards has spent his career in the aerospace sector across a wide spectrum of roles. Peter spent nine years with Gulfstream in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles. In 1995, he joined Bombardier Aerospace Corporation, where in 2001 he was promoted to President of Business Aircraft. Peter was Chief Executive Officer of Jet Aviation, a global business aircraft service provider, between 2007 and 2011. Since leaving Jet Aviation, Peter has created an aerospace advisory practice and is a significant investor in Axis Simulation Holdings, which produces advanced flight simulators for the commercial and business aircraft markets.
Peter Ventress is Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Galliford Try plc and a Non-executive Director of Premier Farnell plc and Softcat plc. From 2009 he spent six years as Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc. Prior to this he held several senior executive roles, including International President, at Staples Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, at Corporate Express NV a Dutch quoted company prior to its acquisition by Staples Inc. He has held a number of other senior management positions across different businesses in a variety of industries and has lived and worked in France, Canada and the Netherlands.
Commenting on the changes, Sir Nigel Rudd, Chairman said: “I’d like to welcome Peter Edwards and Peter Ventress as new directors of the Company – I believe their skills will complement the Board at this exciting time in the Company’s development. I would also like to thank Nick Land for his counsel as our Senior Independent Director and for his leadership of the Audit and Risk Committee. I am delighted that Susan and Wayne have agreed to take on increased responsibilities as our Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee respectively. I look forward to working with them all.”
BBA Aviation plc is a leading global aviation services and aftermarket support provider. BBA Aviation’s Flight Support businesses (Signature Flight Support and ASIG) provide specialist on-airport support services, including refueling and ground handling, to the owners and operators of private, business, military and commercial aircraft. BBA Aviation’s Aftermarket Services businesses (Dallas Airmotive, Premier Turbines, H+S Aviation, International Turbine Service, W. H. Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services and Ontic) are focused on the repair and overhaul of gas turbine engines and the service of aerospace components, sub-systems and systems. BBA Aviation group companies operate from more than 220 individual locations on five continents.
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