Airlink rejigs top deck, names Steven Smith as president & CEO

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April 03, 2018: In a recent development, the board of trustees of Airlink appointed Steven Smith as president and CEO. 

Similarly, the airline also appointed Jon Sharp, group president and chief executive of engine lease finance (ELF), to its board of trustees. He brings 50 years of aviation experience to Airlink.

Before founding ELF in 1989, Sharp spent over two decades with Rolls-Royce. He was also named the ‘Face of Aviation 2014’ by Airline Economics.

The change reflects the organisation’s operational growth, and Smith’s success as Airlink’s executive director, since he joined the team in 2013.

Airlink’s programming and impact reached new levels under Smith’s leadership. The company delivered thousands of tonnes of relief cargo, and deployed thousands of responders across the globe. 

Since Smith came on board, Airlink received recognitions from the Clinton Global Initiative, for its efforts to combat Ebola by constructing an air bridge in West Africa.

Airlink founding member and outgoing president, Robert Brown will continue to remain as the chairman of the board, and will provide continuity of leadership, maintain governance, and develop of its strategic vision.

“It marks the next chapter for Airlink. This organisation and concept have been our passion for a decade, and we are proud of what it has become, and the impact it’s making as aviation's go-to disaster response organisation. However, this is really the beginning, and I know Airlink will reach new heights with Smith in charge,” said Brown.

“I have enjoyed watching Airlink grow over the years, and I am honored to be joining the organisation at such a pivotal time in its history. I look forward to bringing my knowledge and insight to Airlink, and can’t wait to get started,” said Sharp.

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