Stanton Chase Names Aviation & Aerospace Leader

Stanton Chase Hans Nilsson Aviation & Aerospace Leader

August 16, 2017 – Stanton Chase International has appointed Hans Nilsson as aviation & aerospace global sector leader. He will work out of the firm’s offices in Zurich and Miami.

“Miami has emerged as one of the world’s leading aviation centers,” said Juan D. Morales, global practice leader for the executive search firm’s supply chain, logistics & transportation practice group and managing director of the Miami office. “Having Hans working from these two locations will increase our value to clients seeking executives in these sectors as we continue to expand our global footprints in aviation, aerospace, logistics and transportation.”

Florida is home to more than 2,000 aerospace, aviation companies employing some 82,500 workers across the state. Meanwhile, Zurich is home to aerospace companies such as Pilatus Aircraft, RUAG, and Swiss Space Systems, among others.

Mr. Nilsson has more than 25 years of industrial and management consulting experience in the aviation, aerospace, transportation and technology industries. During his career, he has represented and held executive positions at a wide range of well-known international airlines, aviation service providers and industry associations.

Prior to joining Stanton Chase, Mr. Nilsson served as a director at the International Air Transport Association in Geneva, Switzerland. Earlier, he held executive positions at Swiss, KLM, West Atlantic, and Jeppesen. He started his career as an accomplished pilot for the Swedish Coast Guard.

“Organizations in these industries continually seek executives with international and cross-cultural experience,” said Mr. Nilsson. “With a presence in these markets, we can efficiently identify executive candidates for clients throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Far East.”

Recent Expansion at the Firm

Stanton Chase has appointed new leaders in several of practices since the start of the year. Last month, it appointed Dale Zankl as the director of its natural resources and energy practice for the Middle East. Based out of the firm’s offices in Dubai, he consults with new and existing clients on their leadership challenges in regard to natural resources and energy in the Middle East.

 In June, the firm named Steve Caliger as North America regional practice leader for the technology industry practice group. With over 21 years of executive search and consulting experience, Mr. Caliger helps develop leadership teams with investors and boards for C-and VP-level executives.

 Also in June, Bernard Layton, managing director of the Chicago office, was named practice leader for the firm’s global industrial practice group. Mr. Layton will oversee activity related to Stanton Chase’s global presence in the industrial sector. He has executed more than 750 searches across a wide range of senior and mid-management positions.

In May, Stanton Chase appointed Becky Heidesch as a director and North American diversity & inclusion practice leader. In this capacity, Ms. Heidesch works with all of the firm’s North American offices, focusing on senior level women and diverse executive placements. She brings vast experience from the sports, entertainment and higher education industries.

Cathy Logue, managing director of the firm’s Toronto office, was named leader of the CFO & financial executives practice group earlier this year. She has over 25 years of exec. and leadership search experience with a primary focus on senior leadership roles within the tech., fin. services / fintech and media & comm. sectors.

In January, Panos Manolopoulos, managing partner in the firm’s Dubai office, was appointed head of Stanton Chase’s directors & CEO practice group. He is a lead shareholder in Stanton Chase Bucharest and has been a member of the firm since 2003. He has served as regional and global practice leader of the firm’s consumer products & services practice, vice chairman regions, and vice president of Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Tom Christensen, managing partner in Stanton Chase’s Oslo office, was also named to lead the firm’s consumer products & services industry practice group. Mr. Christensen has worked in the executive search industry for over 15 years. He established the Stanton Chase office in Norway in 2007 and has worked with local companies and large international corporations with a strong sales and marketing focus.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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