BRUSSELS and PARIS – June 13, 2016
Laurent Levaux (60 years), who has been Aviapartner’s Chairman of the Board and CEO for about 8 years, hands over his operational duties as CEO to Clive Sauvé-Hopkins.
Laurent Levaux, shareholder of the ground handling group, will remain Chairman of the Board. He will support the new CEO, Clive Sauvé-Hopkins, in accompanying his debut.
Laurent Levaux is also a director of Proximus, Bpost, FN (Herstal Group), UWE and President of Investsud.
Clive Sauvé Hopkins, a former officer in the British Army, holds a significant experience in the field of ground handling services. Between 2009 and 2012, he was successively Operations Director of Swissport in UK and Vice-president Operations of Servisair in UK. In 2012, he successfully took the lead of Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), the Qatar Airways ground handling subsidiary.
Clive Sauvé-Hopkins, aged 49, has proved his capacity to handle ambitious projects in complex environments, leading different nationalities and cultures.
Clive Sauvé-Hopkins: «Confident in the support of my shareholders and the professionalism of Aviapartner’s teams, I am delighted to join the European ground handling leader and to drive further its development in Europe and worldwide. I am highly motivated by the challenge to keep growing the business while supporting our customer airlines in their quest to constantly improve passenger experience.»
Laurent Levaux: «Those last 8 years spent at the head of a company as dynamic as Aviapartner, servicing airline companies and their passengers, have been very rich. We are now covering 40 airports in Europe, more than twice as much as 8 years ago. Our quality and our reliability are proven. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I pass the torch to Clive, who can rely on my support.»
Aviapartner Group, headquartered in Brussels, is a leading European Ground Handling provider operating at 40 airports in 8 countries and employing around 8,000 staff.
In 2015, the group handled 400,000 flights for more than 400 airlines and 70 million passengers.