Posted on: 11 April 2010 by Mark Howells
Nyras, the international aviation advisory and investment company, has appointed former Virgin Blue Airlines director, David Huttner, as senior vice-president, with special responsibilities for business development and project management.
A US citizen now based in Belgium, Huttner founded Planely Spoken, an aviation and tourism consultancy in 2005 following his career with the Virgin Group. The activities of Planely Spoken will be integrated with the expanded Nyras organisation.
Announcing the appointment, Nyras chief executive, Richard Davey, commented, “I am delighted to welcome David Huttner to the Nyras team. His proven expertise and experience at top management levels in international air transport – especially in the low-cost carrier sector – will bring significant added value to the business and our clients.
“This appointment clearly emphasises our commitment to a continuing strategy for successful business development by attracting some of the finest talent available in the global aviation industry. He will work closely with me in taking Nyras forward as we continue to grow our business.
“David joins at a time of significant change to the structure of the air transport industry. Since Nyras brokered the acquisition of GB Airways by easyJet in 2007/8, we have continued to work with clients on the convergence of low cost carriers seeking to trade up and traditional full service airlines aiming for best practice and cost-efficiency. David will help considerably in these projects.”
Before forming Planely Spoken, Huttner had spent nine years with the Virgin Group, initially with Virgin Express in Europe and latterly with Virgin Blue in Australia where he was one of the original founders and a member of its executive team.