Smart4Aviation Group announces new Senior Management Organization

    26 Jul 2013


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Michael Lewis, who currently serves as President and CEO of Smart4Aviation Technologies Americas and VP Global Sales, Marketing and Product Development for Smart4Aviation Technologies BV, will succeed Dirk-Jan Baas, the company’s founder and current CEO, as President and CEO of the Smart4Aviation Technologies Group of companies.

Mr. Baas will lead on our newest venture Smart4Aviaion Flight Management a company dedicated to improving the overall efficiency of Flight Operations.

Mr. Lewis has 25 years aviation and flying experience. He held a Canadian ATR pilot’s license and acted as flight crew on transport category and high performance aircraft. Michael was also Manager of IT for the Flight Operations Branch of Air Canada and was a certified Chief Duty Dispatcher.

Dirk-Jan Baas stepped down from the function of CEO in favor of leading the fledgling company in the Smart4Aviation Group, Smart4Aviaion Flight Management. Mr. Baas expressed confidence in the board’s choice by stating. “Mike’s combination of experience, leadership skills, deep industry knowledge and institutional tenure makes him uniquely qualified to lead Smart4Aviation successfully into the future.”

“I am honored to accept this position and will ensure that the company remains focused on delivering the highest customer value through tight strategic relationships with our Airline partners”, said Michael Lewis, new CEO. “Our mission has always been produce innovative, relevant and insightful solutions enabling Airlines to reach the highest levels of efficiency and safety. We continue to expand on our solutions to provide new opportunities for our customers and Smart4Aviation Flight Management is the next natural evolution to our portfolio.”

In addition to naming Lewis as CEO, Smart4Aviation also announced that Ivo Hop will become Chief Financial Officer. In this new position, Hop will be responsible for managing the financial risks of the rapidly growing company. Ivo has studied international tax law at the University of Maastricht and has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and more recently, at Meeuwsen Ten Hoopen. “Together with Mike and a dedicated and tech savvy staff, we are confident that we will lead the Smart4Aviation Group to an even higher level”, said the new CFO.

With the appointment of the new CEO and CFO, the Smart4Aviation Group is focused on investing in innovative and cutting edge technologies which will bring direct value to its clients and the customers they serve. The launching of the new company, Smart4Aviaion Flight Management, testifies to this commitment and strategy.