Stewart Adams, former managing director of BMI Regional, named as airlines new chief executive
Regional airline operator Loganair has unveiled its new management team following a boardroom reshuffle.
Stewart Adams, the former managing director of BMI Regional, has been named as Loganair's new chief executive.
Adams takes over the role from David Harrison, who will take up the role of executive chairman, replacing Scott Grier, who at 71 announced his retirement last September.
Chief operating officer Phil Preston, who moved to Loganair from Calmac Ferries last May, will also join Harrison and Adams on the Loganair board.
Grier sold his 25 per cent stake in Loganair last year to brothers Stephen and Peter Bond, former owners of Aberdeen-based Bond Offshore Helicopters, which they sold to a Spanish consortium in 2011 in a £251 million deal.
The Bond brothers had backed Grier's 1997 management buyout of Loganair from British Midland and last year they led a consortium - Sector Aviation Holdings Ltd (SAH) - to acquire BMI Regional in an £8 million deal.
Outgoing chief executive David Harrison said: “Stewart Adams brings 35 years of knowledge and experience in the aviation industry to our company.
“I am confident that under his leadership Loganair will continue to make progress, and I look forward to working with him to drive the business forward at a time of growth and expansion.
“With his appointment and the bringing on to the board of Phil Preston, we have a very strong team in place to lead a new era for Loganair.”
Adams said: “Loganair is a fantastic company which prides itself on offering a quality, customer-focused service to the Highlands and Islands, and now to many other parts of the UK and beyond.
“I know all about it and its markets from my time in Aberdeen with BMI Regional.
“This is an exciting and challenging time for the business. Loganair has a strong heritage and a loyal customer base and, as chief executive, I hope to build on this going forward.”
Loganair, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, now operates a fleet of 26 aircraft servicing 35 routes and carries more than half a million passengers a year.