New appointments have been made as the company prepares to take over operations at five airports across Portugal

Menzies Aviation has announced a series of high-level appointments to support the expansion of its commercial and operational footprint in Southern Europe. Rui Gomes has been appointed vice-president Portugal, joining from Samsic Portugal where he was COO, overseeing a workforce of more than 9,000. Prior to joining Samsic, Gomes was with ISS for 17 years, holding various roles including regional finance manager LATAM, CFO Chile and country manager Portugal.

Rui Gomes
Rui Gomes Menzies Aviation

As vice-president Portugal, Gomes will assume overall management responsibilities for operations and the proposed recovery plan for Groundforce Portugal

Michael Stratman
Michael Stratman Menzies Aviation

Supporting Gomes and Menzies’ Portuguese operations, Michael Stratman has been appointed COO Portugal. He returns to Menzies having previously held positions including VP Italy, VP operations South Africa & Namibia, and GM operations Spain & France. Prior to his time with Menzies, Stratman was operations manager for EasyJet Handling in Spain.

Today’s announcement follows earlier structural changes, which saw Juanlo Vidal appointed senior vice-president South Europe, assuming responsibilities for Portugal, Spain, France, Cyprus and Italy. Kristian Muntaner has been appointed operations director South Europe, overseeing planning, GSE, risk and environment.

Miguel Gomez Sjunnesson, executive vice-president Europe, said: “We are delighted to welcome Rui to the Menzies team and announce Michael’s return ahead of our expansion into the Portuguese market. I am confident that with Rui and Michael onboard, we have the right team to support and build our presence in Southern Europe. It is the next step towards the recovery of Groundforce, reinforcing our commitment to delivering industry leading services to airline and airport customers across the region.”

The appointments will strengthen the company’s Southern Europe operation
The appointments will strengthen the company’s Southern Europe operation Menzies Aviation