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Southern Air appoints new managing director for Europe

LBR Staff Writer Published 11 April 2011

Southern Air Holdings, a global cargo carrier, has appointed Oliver Gritz as the new managing director of Europe.

Gritz will oversee the company's European operations from its office in Cologne, Germany, he will report directly to chief executive officer Daniel McHugh.

Gritz has more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics business.

McHugh said Gritz's industry knowledge coupled with his demonstrated track record leading complex and diverse businesses in Europe, Asia and the US make him an invaluable addition to the company's team.

"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," McHugh said.

Before joining Southern Air, Gritz was with DHL Express where he held various senior management positions from 2004 to 2009 he was EVP, board member and CFO 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.