As the son of a pilot, Chris Leach has always had aviation in his blood. Having started at Saturn Airways in the 1970s, Chris has experience in almost every area of aviation, from passenger flights across South America to transporting personnel and humanitarian aid to Sudan, where he coordinated Transamerica Airlines flights during the great famine of the early 1980s. Chris founded ACS in 1990 in the basement of his Kingston home. His knowledge of the aviation market has won him several leading contracts to organize passenger and cargo flights with organizations such as the United Nations. Having decided never to take out a bank loan, but rather to grow the business organically, Chris has continuously reinvested in the company and transformed the small company from the beginnings into the first global company that it is today. hui. According to Chris, providing personalized service is the essence of the airline industry, and if you go the extra mile, the customer will keep coming back. Result: the company will continue to grow. Convictions that have not changed since the inception of ACS.
CHAIRMAN AND CEO
It's hard to imagine a more enthusiastic aviation enthusiast than Justin. Known for his encyclopedic knowledge of aircraft and a savvy pilot in his spare time, Justin has been one of South America's most trusted and successful Air Craft experts for the past 20 years. After starting in the cargo division of ACS in 1995, Justin joined the Commercial and Executive Jets teams, before rising through the ranks and becoming the group's general manager in 2013. As a true professional, Justin is driven by the desire for perfection in all aspects of the business and keep a close eye on the company's relationship managers. A graduate in business studies, Justin has worked for ACS throughout his professional career: he is a key member of the company's board of directors.
GROUP FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
Stewart Pitt is another senior member of the ACS leadership team. Graduating from KPMG in 1997 as a chartered accountant, he subsequently held the positions of CFO at British Airways and Chief Commercial Accountant at the London Stock Exchange, where he was responsible for the planning and forecasting processes. financial, in addition to contributing to several major projects in the field of defense. Stewart's knowledge and experience has been invaluable since his arrival and has made ACS one of the most financially secure charter companies in the world.
GROUP SALES DIRECTOR
As a highly experienced charter expert, Justin counts some of the most trusted companies in the aviation industry among his clients. After taking his first steps in the charter world at the former ACS base of operations in Ostend - where he proved to be an expert in the management of ground operations, essential to a successful charter - Justin Then moved on to the sales side, where his background made the difference and where his practical knowledge was extremely valuable to the ACS Board of Directors. Justin was appointed Group Commercial Director in 2013.
Ruan has been with ACS for over 15 years and has held a number of senior management positions. After starting out in the London Cargo department, Ruan was able to diversify his knowledge by working in the business jet sector. In 2004, Ruan became President of North American Operations before returning to the United Kingdom and assuming the role of Director of International Development, then heading the Executive Jets group. Having developed a wide range of knowledge in global markets and in many departments, Ruan was appointed COO of ACS in 2013.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Katie joined ACS in 2017, bringing with her nearly 20 years of experience in the recruiting industry - including four as the Human Resources Manager at Adecco and seven as Head of HR at Kelly Services. As ACS continues to expand around the world, Katie is playing a leading role in attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry through more effective recruiting, training and reward programs. other.
GROUP LEGAL DIRECTOR AND GENERAL SECRETARY
After obtaining his law degree, Omar worked in-house in the area of IT software and recruiting, before joining ACS in 2013. Since then he has been involved in the negotiation of high-value commercial contracts, commercial litigation and employment contracts, as well as the meticulous reorganization and in-depth strengthening of the group's compliance procedures. As ACS continues to grow globally, Omar is playing a leading role in maintaining quality of service and managing risk.
GROUP MARKETING DIRECTOR
After having worked in the three main departments of ACS - private charter, group and cargo - in both operations and account management, James joined the marketing department in 2007. Appointed group marketing director in 2011, he developed the department in size and results exponentially. James is responsible for all marketing strategies, including the implementation of new technology applications for clients.
Director and secretary of the company since its inception, Christine has worked in all administrative areas of ACS. While she has had the opportunity to lead the finance and legal teams of the company, Christine has since refocused her activities on her role as a non-executive director. She also chairs the company's charity committee and plays a key role in the development of the company's CSR.
DIRECTOR OF THE EXECUTIVE JETS GROUP
Andrew has been instrumental in the development of the private charter department and North American offices. After his London debut, Andrew moved to New York in 2008, before being promoted to president for North America. In 2014, he returned to the ACS headquarters in London and took over the head of all the group's private flight operations around the world.
DIRECTOR OF THE CARGO GROUP
Dan joined ACS in 2002 and quickly took over as head of London Cargo. Almost no scenario is unknown to it in the field of air freight, in particular as regards the organization of relief following a disaster. In 2016 Dan was promoted to Cargo Group Director, responsible for upholding the company's reputation as the world's leading provider of air cargo charter.
JETS COMMERCIAL GROUP DIRECTOR
Matthew started in the newly formed group charter division in 2005, playing a pivotal role in the department's exponential growth over the next decade. He has developed large-scale charter programs for almost every event imaginable, further strengthening ACS's reputation as a global leader. As Director of Group International Chartering, he is responsible for supporting the growth of the department around the world.
DIRECTOR, ON-BOARD LUGGAGE SERVICE
After completing an internship in sales 15 years ago, Oliver started his career in the on-board luggage and rush transport industry. He subsequently assembled an unrivaled list of contacts in the aviation industry through his travels to over 92 countries. Since taking over as head of the baggage department with ACS in 2015, he and his team have successfully completed more than 2,000 assignments.
JET CARD DIRECTOR
Tim joined the London division of Executive Jets after graduating in Air Transport Management from Loughborough University in 2005. Rising through the sales ranks, Tim moved to the Jet division in 2014. Card where he now oversees the entire Empyrean program.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, AMERICAS
After starting at ACS as an assistant to Justin Bowman in 2004, Richard rose through the ranks to eventually lead the company's operations in the Americas. The company has nearly tripled in size in the region since Richard became Regional Director in 2014. With its know-how, ACS is ideally positioned to continue to grow in one of the most developed charter markets in the country. world.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA AND INDIA
After starting at ACS in 2006, Andrew spent some time working in offices in London, Moscow and, most recently, Dubai. He is currently responsible for ACS's operations in the Middle East, Africa and India, and has made his mark in often turbulent markets. Andrew will continue to play his essential role in guiding ACS through key developing markets.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, RUSSIA AND CIS (COMMUNITY OF INDEPENDENT STATES)
Azat joined ACS in 2013. During what was a tumultuous time for the former Soviet republics, Azat skilfully ran the operations of the company, increasing ACS's market share despite economic turmoil. knew the area. In the future, it will play a decisive role in maintaining this momentum, and will continue to spearhead the diversification of the ACS offer in Russia and the CIS.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, ASIA-PACIFIC
After joining ACS in 2006, Steve moved to Hong Kong in 2008 as Director of Cargo Sales for Asia, before becoming Regional Director for Asia-Pacific in 2015. Under his leadership, ACS took on leadership roles. in China and opened an office in Australia, the company's sixth continent, which now occupies a privileged position for dealing with Asian markets.
GROUP TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR
During his time at ACS, Rob revolutionized the group's IT infrastructure, adapting and evolving the international IT network to better satisfy our customers while supporting the rapid growth of the business. As ACS continues to explore and adopt new technologies, Rob retains a critical role in the implementation of new IT systems and tools.
DIRECTOR OF CALLS FOR TENDERS AND INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS
Lloyd began working with the ACS operations team in 2006, before becoming responsible for cargo charter. In 2013, continuing to rise through the ranks, Rob took over as Head of Business Development, where he oversees the tendering process for large client accounts. Lloyd also plays a vital role on the ACS Charity Committee.
GLOBAL DIRECTOR, BUSINESS JETS LEASING
Gavin joined the private charter team of ACS London in 2002, contributing to the significant growth of the department in the following years. In 2009, he moved to Hong Kong to participate in the establishment of the company in the region. After leading the Dubai office, Gavin returned to London to lead the private charter business development team, before taking over the management of the leasing division of Executive Jets.
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