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New CEO for Helios

Founders move to consultancy roles



(From left to right: Adam Parkinson, James Hanson, Al Corner, Nick McFarlane, Cedric Barbier, Claire Davies, Mike Shorthose)


After 22 years leading Helios, Nick McFarlane and Dr Mike Shorthose are stepping down from their executive roles as Managing Director and Chairman. They will move to consultancy roles and remain actively involved in major projects across Helios and the wider Egis Aviation business.

Cedric Barbier, Aviation Executive Director at Egis has appointed Helios director, Dr Claire Davies, as CEO of Helios. Claire is joined by a new management team built around the existing directors (Al Corner, Adam Parkinson, James Hanson, Ben Stanley and Mark Scott) all of whom have expanded executive roles.

Claire says: "Nick and Mike's vision and leadership have grown Helios from a small aviation consultancy, into an industry thought-leader at the heart of Egis' global aviation business. I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue their great work and look forward to leading Helios with the same enthusiasm, care and commitment to delivering high quality consultancy for our clients. This will be achieved in partnership with our strong team of directors and world-class consultancy staff."

Claire joined Helios in 2012 having worked in management consultancy since completing her doctorate in 2005. As well as leading Helios' long-standing work on the Single European Sky with the Industry Consultation Board on behalf of the European Commission, she has advised air navigation service clients globally on governance and strategy. In recent years Claire has combined consultancy work with a significant contribution to company management.

Mike and Nick will continue to deliver consultancy work for clients in their new roles, as will the director team.


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