Ground Handling

Swissport adjusts commercial structure and appoints new regional managers

Swissport has further developed its regional setup and appointed new regional managers for the four newly created regions of Switzerland, Germany & Austria, Continental Europe, and Middle East & Africa.

The revised structure creates larger market clusters with direct reporting lines to the CEO and eliminates the former three super-regions and their respective regional overheads delivering better customer focus and faster decisions.

“Our new structure will make Swissport more customer centric. It enables faster decisions and supports operational excellence and a consistent service delivery,” says Warwick Brady, President & CEO of Swissport International AG.

“Swissport is back. As the global sector leader, we want to combine great customer service with cost leadership and provide better process flexibility and system compatibility than any competitor.”



Swissport’s home market of Switzerland, with operations in Zurich, Basel and Geneva, has been led by Bruno Stefani since 1 June.

As the new Head of Switzerland, he also oversees the Executive Aviation business in Nice, France, where Swissport operates a large fixed base operation.



A dedicated region has also been established for Germany & Austria.

Effective 1 June, Philipp Frech, previously Chief Operating Officer US East, has been appointed Head of Germany & Austria.

He will be driving the business transformation in two of Swissport’s key markets in the heart of Europe.



Jan van Engelen has been appointed as head of the new region Continental Europe.

He will join Swissport on 1 July 2021. Jan is an experienced executive with over 25 years of service in the aviation training services industry.



As head of the new Middle East & Africa region, Swissport has appointed Dirk Goovaerts, who will join the company on 1 September 2021.

Dirk has over 25 years of experience in the cargo and ground handling industry.

Prior to joining Swissport, Dirk was CEO Asia Pacific with dnata.