Ground Handling

Swissport appoints new Australasia managing director

By Edward Robertson

Swissport has had a shake-up of staff in the leadership of its Asia-Pacific business.

Glenn Rutherford is moving on internally from his role as executive vice president Asia-Pacific and will be replaced by Brad Moore with the new title managing director for Australasia.

Moore starts the role in April and will initially work with Rutherford for three months to ensure a smooth transition.

Rutherford is then moving to a role supporting Swissport executive management with post-Covid strategy before moving on at the end of 2021.

Swissport International AG president and CEO Christoph Mueller said: “Over the past 23 years, Glenn Rutherford’s achievements have been extraordinary, growing the Australasian business from 35 employees to some 4,000, culminating in its acquisition by Swissport in 2018.

“We thank him for his impressive contributions to our business globally and to the sector in the region. We are delighted he has agreed to support Swissport until the end of the year, despite making the decision to follow his ambitions elsewhere.”

Moore joins the company having quit his role as SVP ground operations at Qatar Airways and has also worked for Air Canada and Qantas in the past.

Rutherford said: “With Brad’s experience in business transformation and operational excellence, he is the ideal candidate to take Swissport forward in the Australasia region.

“Post-Covid, the opportunities in this part of the world are very exciting and I am confident that Brad is the right person for the job.”

He added Moore’s appointment should allow Swissport to take advantage of anticipated speedy growth in air traffic demand in both Asia and Australia and New Zealand, once the Covid-19 pandemic subsumes.