Air Partner, the leading global aviation services group providing aircraft charter, aviation safety and security solutions to businesses and private individuals around the world, has appointed Pierre Van Der Stichele as Vice President of the Global Freight division.
Pierre will be responsible for bolstering and expanding the Freight business across all Air Partner locations, by continuing to hire key talent and target specific market sectors after an exceptionally busy year in 2021.
Pierre has extensive experience within the aviation sector in a range of senior roles, with more than 25 years’ experience in the air cargo industry. Pierre joins Air Partner after a 19-year tenure with Chapman Freeborn in Gatwick, where he most recently held the position of Group Director of Cargo.
Pierre has arranged a variety of complex global cargo charters, air bridge for humanitarian missions and provided support for the industrial and military sectors. His knowledge of the aviation industry is built upon a career with time spent at Evergeen International Airlines, Antonov Airline, Southern Air Transport Inc and Northwest Airlines.
Commenting on his appointment, Pierre Van Der Stichele, Vice President, Global Freight, Air Partner said: “I am delighted to be joining the Air Partner team. The Freight division has had an unprecedented past two years, and the industry as a whole has felt the knock-on effects of the pandemic. I look forward to assisting in the global freight team’s continued successes following on from the team’s expert management of emergency vaccine and PPE deliveries. I’m confident we will continue to grow and serve our customers in 2022.”
Outside of work, Pierre has built his passion for aviation as a certified gliding pilot (BGA) and as an active member of the Southdown Gliding Club, which helps youth members through their flying lessons and even assists in starting their aviation careers. Pierre was born in Brussels and he has been an expat in Lesotho, Bangladesh, USA, Italy and the UK, having followed his parents who were working for the United Nations. He speaks French, Italian and English fluently, and has a good understanding of Spanish and Portuguese.