Johan Maertens appointed as VLM’s new CEO
Friday 15 June 2018 —
SHS Aviation B.V., the parent company of VLM, announces that Johan Maertens (46) has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of VLM. He succeeds COO Carl Runge as accountable manager.
Johan Maertens studied law. After obtaining his master degree at the University of Leuven he studied International Law at the American University in Washington D.C.
In 2000 Maertens moved from law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick to Sabena where he became Legal Adviser. In 2002 he was appointed Vice President Legal of Brussels Airlines. Three years later he travelled to Africa on behalf of Brussels Airlines to develop and supervise local aviation projects.
In 2008 Johan Maertens joined Lufthansa Consulting, where as a managing consultant he mainly worked on strategic projects for several airlines, mainly in Africa. Before VLM, Maertens worked in Congo Brazzaville, where he was appointed Deputy CEO and COO of the national airline ECAir in 2012.
About VLM Airlines
VLM offers scheduled flights from Antwerp to Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cologne-Bonn, London City Airport, Maribor, Munich, Rostock and Zurich. From 1st October 2018, two additional routes will be added to the VLM network: Manchester-Antwerp and Manchester-Ostend/Bruges. The aircraft of VLM Airlines also perform charter, ACMI and private flights. VLM employs more than 100 aviation professionals. The fleet consists of 6 Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft.
The Belgian company SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is a subsidiary of the Dutch investment company SHS Aviation B.V. SHS Aviation B.V. is owned 60% by Dutch investors and 40% by Chinese investors. SHS Antwerp Aviation N.V. is developing airline activities under the trading name ‘VLM’.