NORWALK, Conn., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Air Holdings, Inc. today announced that Oliver Gritz has been named Managing Director, Europe. Mr. Gritz will oversee Southern Air's European operations from the company's office in Cologne, Germany, reporting directly to Daniel J. McHugh, Chief Executive Officer.
"Oliver is a highly successful executive with more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics business. His industry knowledge coupled with his demonstrated track record leading complex and diverse businesses in Europe, Asia and the U.S. make him an invaluable addition to the Southern Air team," Mr. McHugh said. "Our ability to attract an executive of Oliver's caliber is testament to our global growth and success in building Southern Air into a world-leading ACMI operator."
Prior to joining Southern Air, Mr. Gritz was with DHL Express where he held various senior management positions. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Gritz was Executive Vice President, Board Member and Chief Financial Officer of DHL Express. He also served as an executive of the Swiss-based logistics group Danzas, which was acquired by Deutsche Post DHL in 1998. He began his career with the German Schenker Logistics Group in 1985.
Mr. Gritz holds degrees in Transport and Logistics from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Loerrach, Germany, and in Business Economics from the University of Passau in Passau, Germany. He also earned an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.
About Southern Air
Southern Air was founded in 1947 as a low-cost, high-quality global cargo carrier specializing in the provision of block space and aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance ("ACMI") services. Southern Air's blue-chip customer base includes some of the world's largest combination cargo carriers and government agencies. Southern Air operates a fleet of 14 Boeing 747 and two new 777 freighter aircraft and is the first ACMI operator in the world to operate the new Boeing 777 Freighter. For more information about Southern Air, visit: www.southernair.com.
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