17/12/2014 TAG AVIATION ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRISTOF SPÄTH AS CEO
TAG Aviation announced the appointment of Christof Späth as Chief Executive Officer of TAG Aviation Europe, effective 12 January 2015. Mr. Späth succeeds Rob Wells, who has long planned to return to the US at the end of 2014. Mr. Wells will remain as an adviser to the company’s Board of Directors and a Board member of TAG Aviation Asia.
Mr. Späth has extensive experience in the aviation industry, having served in senior management positions at SR Technics, Jet Aviation, RUAG Aerospace, General Electric and BMW Rolls-Royce. As CEO, Mr. Späth will assume the executive responsibility and the overall leadership role for TAG Aviation Europe’s business units, and will be based at the company’s head office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mr. Späth welcomes his new challenge: “I am delighted to be joining TAG Aviation Europe as CEO. The company has an unparalleled reputation in the business aviation industry, and I look forward to working with the Board, management team, and staff to further advance the development of the company.”
Mr. Wells joined TAG Aviation in 1999 and assumed the role of CEO of TAG Aviation Holding in 2007. Mr. Wells’ decision to return to the US culminates nearly forty years in the industry, mostly in senior management positions.
“It has been a distinct privilege to lead one of the world’s most respected business aviation service companies. After fifteen rewarding years, the time is right to bring in a new generation of leadership,” said Mr. Wells. “I look forward to working with Christof to make the transition smooth and seamless.”
TAG Aviation Europe offers a broad range of business aviation services including aircraft management, charter, maintenance, FBO/handling and bespoke crew training. Operating from bases in Switzerland, the UK and Spain, the company manages Europe’s largest fleet with over 80 aircraft, of which nearly 50 are available for charter. The company also boasts two of Europe’s most experienced and capable aircraft maintenance centres, located in Geneva and Farnborough, along with local maintenance support in Paris, Sion (Switzerland) and Madrid. TAG Aviation’s FBO facilities in Geneva and TAG Farnborough Airport, a sister company, have repeatedly won top ratings for FBOs worldwide.