It is exciting times for Satair Group and now the business has a new Chief Executive Officer to steer it through the next stages of its strategy and growth.
Succeeding former CEO Mikkel Bardram who has chosen to pursue new adventures and opportunities outside Satair Group and also outside the aerospace industry, Bart Reijnen took over on November 1 and is already relishing the challenge to lead the business to its next destinations.
An aerospace engineer by training, Bart has been working for the Airbus Group in various roles since 1995. His most recent position was Senior Vice President at Airbus Defence and Space at Bremen in Germany, where he has been for the past three years. Prior to this, Bart was CEO of Dutch Space B.V. in Leiden, the Netherlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence & Space.
In paying tribute to Mikkel Bardram in leaving behind a great company, in great shape, and with a fantastic, truly global team to lead, Bart noted that he was excited to be back in the aviation industry. He is particularly looking forward to learning quickly about the material services market and to meeting many of Satair Group’s customers and partners to get a better understanding of how the business will further excel in providing best value services.
He added: “The Satair Group values, Customer and Supplier Focus, Global Teamwork, Can-Do-Attitude, World-Class Excellence and Being Innovative, are already very close to my heart and in my new role you can expect me to be leading by example.”
In his farewell message Mikkel Bardram said that it was with both pleasure and a heavy heart that he was leaving Satair Group.
He said: “It has been a pleasure because I have had 10 amazing years with Satair and Satair Group during which I have had the honour to work with fantastic customers, colleagues and business partners. And it is a heavy heart because of just that; I have to say goodbye to all these amazing partnerships – and even friendships – that have been built up throughout the years”.
First starting with Satair A/S in 2006 Mikkel headed up strategy development and execution and mergers and acquisitions. He rose to become Group Vice President Supply Chain, responsible for the entire supply chain in locations worldwide.
He was responsible for the merger of Satair A/S and Airbus Material and Logistics Management and took over as CEO of the new Satair Group in January 2014. Under his leadership the business has grown dramatically, becoming a world leader in the commercial aftermarket and a truly global aerospace integrator.
He added: “Satair Group is growing very well and the company is very powerfully positioned in the market with a strong service and product portfolio. The foundation in Satair Group is secure and I am sure that Bart will bring forward our company legacy of openness, respect and a pragmatic and professional approach to the business. I have full confidence in Bart's personal and professional skills and wish him and Satair Group all the best on the journey to consolidate Satair Group's lead in the aerospace aftermarket”.