Air Menzies International appoint CEO

Stephen Koller given brief to grow trade-only airfreight wholesaler.
Stephen Koller.
Stephen Koller.


Stephen Koller has been confirmed as the full-time CEO of Air Menzies International (AMI), with a brief to grow the trade-only airfreight wholesaler through increased focus on online activities and broadened geographical reach.

During his 12 years at AMI’s parent, Menzies Aviation plc, Koller has worked on various high-value projects that have re-shaped the business, and helped propel it to become the world’s second largest ground handler, with sales exceeding US$1 Billion. In turn, Menzies Aviation's success helped its parent, John Menzies plc, to achieve FTSE 250 standing earlier this year.

Koller's management background and IT expertise are now expected to help AMI become an even stronger force in online quoting and booking of airfreight: an evolving process that began in AMI in 2000, and has since seen as much as 45% of its business transacted online in its flagship UK business.

Koller first assumed responsibility for managing AMI in late 2010, while continuing in his position as EVP IT for parent Menzies Aviation. He has now relinquished his IT responsibilities, following the appointment of Martin Gallington as SVP IT, and the successful completion of a phased handover. In addition to his post as CEO of AMI, Koller continues as one of the four Executive Directors of Menzies Aviation plc.

Craig Smyth, President & MD of Menzies Aviation said: “I have ambitious growth plans for AMI over the next five years, and Stephen is just the man to deliver – now on a full-time basis.”

Stephen Koller added: “AMI enjoys a world class reputation as the world's largest, truly neutral airfreight wholesaler. It has a clear mission to help its agent customers compete to win new business, and then retain it by delivering quality services. We have great people led by a management team with deep roots and proven expertise in some of the world’s more difficult trade lanes. I am delighted and proud that I now have this opportunity to devote all my efforts to realising AMI’s full potential.”

Koller is a Mathematics and Business Administration graduate with an MBA in Information Systems. He spent his early career in software development, followed by NGO work in developing countries for the highly-respected US based International Executive Service Corps. In 1997 he joined Ogden Aviation, a major ground handler whose acquisition by Menzies Aviation in 2000 provided the latter’s launch into global handling. He relocated to the UK from his native USA in 2001.

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