Loganair flies ahead with new faces


LOGANAIR has made two key appointments to its leadership team as it prepares to operate flights in its own right, after 24 years of working under franchise agreements with other operators.
Finance director David Dishon and commercial director Kay Ryan both bring extensive transport industry experience to the Glasgow-based airline.
Mr Dishon arrives from his post as finance and commercial director of Caledonian Sleeper, and prior to that he was route finance controller in Scotland for Network Rail.
He takes up corporate board responsibility with Loganair, joining managing director Jonathan Hinkles, chairman David Harrison and Peter Simpson, chief executive of parent company AIL Group.
Ms Ryan was previously commercial director of Eastern Airways, and has held senior positions at Thomas Cook.
Mr Hinkles said: “All of us are very much looking forward to providing the highest standards of safety, punctuality and customer service synonymous with the Loganair name in this new era, and there are many tasks to be carried out to a tight deadline to make that happen.”

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Subsea firm makes key hires


ECOSSE Subsea Systems has appointed Mark Gillespie as managing director in a move which the Banchory-based firm said set a course for significant growth over the next five years.
Mr Gillespie arrives with more than 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, holding senior technical, commercial and contractual management roles in Technip, CSL, GE Oil & Gas, Centrica and Talisman. More recently he was managing director of Aberdeen-based engineering and project management consultancy PDi.
ESS founder Mike Wilson said the appointment strengthened the management team and introduced new skills needed to accelerate the business through the next level of growth. 
As chairman, Mr Wilson will continue to have strategic oversight of ESS. He said: “We are bucking the trend and the business is on an upward curve, however, we recognised that for ESS to fulfil its potential we needed to broaden our core management team and Mark Gillespie has impeccable credentials.”

Caliber nets new chief executive


CALIBER Interactive, an Edinburgh-based digital marketing agency, has appointed Rav Singh as global chief executive officer.
Mr Singh, who served as chief operating officer of public relations giant Grayling for a period over 2009 and 2010. 
Caliber, which was founded in 2008 and operates out of offices in London, Dubai and Edinburgh., said the appointment marked “a new era of growth”.
He joins the team having also held senior posts at MMD Corporate & Public Affairs and Huntsworth, as well as MHP Communications and most recently as chief operating officer at The Moment Content Company – a spin-out of TV production firm Twofour Group.
Jonny Scott, executive chairman at Caliber, said: “Rav’s solid financial and operational background and expert insight into the wider marketing industry will be invaluable.”