Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), manager of Murtala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos, has appointed the former managing director of Akwa Ibom International Airport, Capt. Jari Williams as its new chief executive officer.
In a statement by the terminal managers, the appointment “is part of its constant quest to provide better and more efficient services and to consolidate its position as the pacesetter in the Nigerian aviation industry.
“The new chief executive officer’s appointment also aligns with the vision of BASL to continuously infuse cerebral thinking into the development and administration of critical infrastructure within and outside the shores of Nigeria in order to ensure the highest level of safety, efficiency and excellence in service delivery and asset management,” said the company.
Williams succeeds Mr. Christophe Penninck who contributed immensely to the growth of BASL into a world-class organisation and MMA2’s emergence as the number one airport terminal in Nigeria.
Capt. Williams is Federal Aviation Administration/International Civil Aviation Organisation (FAA/ICAO) certified Airline Transport Pilot who has flown over 10,000 flight hours both locally and internationally in addition to various type ratings on airplanes. He has a Diploma in Civil Engineering and has attended a series of professional Aviation courses, including: airport certification and infrastructure standard, safety management system and Airport and flight operations quality and audit processes.
He brings to the table varied experience, having served in operations and management positions in various organizations, including: the National Air Border and Patrol Unit of the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs; Okada Air; Merchant Express Aviation; DAS Air Cargo; and Arik Air. He also had a brief stint with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), as PA to the Managing Director.
Williams joins BASL from the Akwa Ibom State Government owned Ibom Airport Development Company (IADCL), operator of the Akwa Ibom International Airport, where he served as managing director/chief executive officer from 2009-2015, taking the company from the end of Phase 1 Construction to a certified acclaimed private airport in Nigeria.