Posted on: 08 September 2010 by Mark Howells
EMS Aviation has named aerospace industry veteran Clifford Topham vice president of sales and marketing, one of a pair of appointments that the company says round out its management team.
Reporting to Nim Evatt, EMS Aviation vice president and general manager, Topham joins EMS from Rolls-Royce, where he served in executive leadership positions in sales and business development. In his previous job he secured several strategic new accounts that significantly increased the aero engine maker’s Americas-based market share. He also secured innovative multi-million-dollar service agreements with airlines and leasing organisations in the United States and Canada.
Topham previously served as director of sales and customer support for Rolls/Pratt & Whitney joint venture International Aero Engines. Under his leadership, EMS says, the IAE sales organisation dramatically improved its European market share and secured what was the firm’s largest contract to date with British Airways. He has a master’s degree in manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Warwick and a bachelor’s in aeronautical engineering from Leicester University/The City University London.
“We are very pleased to have an executive of Cliff’s calibre to lead the sales organization of our newly formed Aviation Group,” says Evatt. “Cliff’s experience in global aerospace will be especially valuable as we build the EMS brand and expand our solutions-offerings.”
“What drew me to EMS Aviation was the growth potential in the aviation connectivity market," says Topham. "I am very excited about being able to contribute to the Aviation team’s success with more coordinated sales and marketing efforts. I also believe that our plans for an enhanced international strategy will help us take advantage of the expected growth in aviation markets around the world.”