BBA Aviation appoints new CEO


Mark Johnstone has been appointed group chief executive of BBA Aviation plc.

Currently the business and general aviation services provider’s president and chief operating officer of its engine repair and overhaul division, Johnstone (pictured) will take up his new role on 1 April 2018 and will be based in Orlando, Florida.

Interim group CEO Wayne Edmunds will step down on 1 April, remaining on the board as a non-executive director.

Johnstone joined BBA Aviation in March 2008 as corporate development director and has held a number of roles within the group, including chief financial officer Signature Flight Support, managing director of the APPH business (which was sold in 2014), and MD of the EMEA Flight Support business. He was appointed president and COO of the ERO business in June 2016.

BBA Aviation chairman Sir Nigel Rudd said: “We are delighted that Mark has accepted the role. The board feels that he is the ideal candidate to lead the group forward. His strategic and operational experience in finance and in managing a number of the group’s businesses over the last ten years gives him a deep understanding of the company and the right skills to take on the role of group chief executive.”

Johnstone said: “I am delighted to be stepping up to the chief executive role at this stage in BBA Aviation’s development. The group has attractive prospects and we are uniquely placed to develop a range of services in the B&GA sector through our enlarged network.

“I’m looking forward to working with the board and with my executive colleagues to drive the business forward and realise BBA Aviation’s exciting potential for shareholders, customers and for everyone that works for the group.”