AIM Aviation today announces the appointment of two new Directors. Dave Barger and Steve Ridgway CBE have joined the board of the market-leading provider of aircraft cabin interiors, as Non-Executive Directors.
Dave Barger helped found JetBlue Airways in 1998 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and is currently its Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. Since its first flight in February 2000, JetBlue has redefined the customer experience, focusing on the right combination of enhanced product and personalized service. “AIM Aviation is uniquely positioned to influence the continued evolution of commercial aviation, and I look forward to bringing my experience to the table to help guide the company,” Mr. Barger said.
Steve Ridgway CBE is the Chairman of Scandlines Ferries in Denmark and Chairman of Start JG, a leading brand agency in London. He was Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic from 1998 to 2013, having joined the airline in 1989 and previously held the post of Managing Director. Mr. Ridgway’s early career with Toleman Group and Cougar Marine culminated in the re-capture of the famous Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the North Atlantic in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in 1986. In 2007, Steve Ridgway was awarded a CBE for services to Aviation. Mr. Ridgway said “I am delighted to join AIM Aviation at this very exciting time for the commercial aerospace industry. I have known AIM for many years and have always challenged them to innovate and provide high quality service to their customers so will enjoy being able to help that further in my new Board role”.
The two new directors join AIM Aviation at an exciting time of growth. The company was acquired by TowerBrook Capital Partners in September 2013. Following which, Andy Stevens, previously CEO of Cobham plc, was appointed as Chairman of AIM Aviation. Since then, AIM Aviation has made significant investment in new facilities at two of its production sites.
Mark Edwards, CEO of AIM Aviation commented: “We are extremely pleased to welcome David and Steve to the board at AIM Aviation. They each bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry and we are confident they will help to steer the company to even greater success.”