Graham Stephenson, ExecuJet Aviation Group’s
Head of Fixed Base Operations, is retiring on 31 August 2009 after
an aviation career spanning more than half a century – 21 years in
commercial and 23 years in business aviation.
Niall Olver, ExecuJet CEO, spoke about Graham’s
work in leading ExecuJet’s FBO activity over the past three years,
including his role at the company’s flagship FBO in Zurich.
“Graham has been a truly valuable member of the team at ExecuJet
and we are sad to see him go. We wish him all the very best for
the future and trust that he takes away some wonderful memories of
his time with ExecuJet.”
Nicole Gut, who has worked with Graham
for the past three years and is currently FBO Manager at Zurich
Airport, took over part of Graham’s role as Director European
FBOs, on 1 August 2009.
Graham’s career started in 1958
with a three-year commercial apprenticeship with British European
Airways before working in various station manager roles with BEA,
BOAC and British Airways for a total of 21 years.
working as traffic manager USSR when he met his future wife Ludmila, one of the airline’s airport staff, whom he married in
After a short spell as director development at Luton
Airport, Graham moved to the business aviation industry as Vice
President and COO of Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia before becoming
Project Manager at the Jet Centre at London City Airport.
Grover, Ramp Services Director at London City Airport said, “I
have the utmost respect for Graham – a true professional. It was a
pleasure to have worked with him and our industry will miss him.
He is simply one of the best.”
In 2006 Graham relocated to
Switzerland to become Zurich FBO Manager for the ExecuJet Aviation
Group. His role within the company quickly grew and Graham was
soon appointed Group FBO Director to formulate a united FBO
network worldwide. During the next 3 years Graham oversaw the
development and redesign of ExecuJet Europe’s Berlin FBO and
launched ExecuJet’s new FBO in Kuala Lumpur in joint venture with
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