Ben Smalley climbs the ranks at Sekisui Kydex


Following Sekisui Kydex’s promotion of Ben Smalley in November 2022, to the role of director of aviation and design, he has now been promoted further, to the role of director of business development. In this role he will lead the business development team to continue growing thermoplastics sales in their strategic markets as well as new emerging markets.

Smalley has more than six years of experience in the aircraft interiors industry, a passion for innovation, and has developed strong relationships in the cabin design community through engagement with the Sekisui Kydex service brands. As director of business development he will also aim to make the company a leader in the mass transit and medical sectors, and explore entering new markets.

Ben Smalley is now director of business development at Sekisui Kydex

“Smalley’s passion for the aviation business positioned Sekisui Kydex as a thought leader in aircraft interiors,” reads a company statement. “He found success in his earlier role as aviation market business manager by reconnecting with customers and restructuring how the company interacted with the industry. His efforts to expand the aircraft seating OEM customer base and designer relationships continue to elevate the aviation business.

“Ben has developed from a high-performing customer-focused sales professional to a leader with a true understanding of the Sekisui Kydex business, culture, and long-term plans. He will join the strategic leadership team and assist in leading the organisation by bringing the voice of the customer to the decision-making process and providing representation to customer-facing teams.”

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Ever since his first flight on a TriStar, Adam has loved air travel, and since becoming editor of the Aircraft Interiors International brand he has really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the latest aircraft and airline products before they are even launched. Adam co-ordinates the running of the magazine, from commissioning articles and artwork, to ensuring that high standards of quality are maintained, as well as managing online content. Adam is proud to sit on the jury of the Crystal Cabin Awards and to have laid on the bed in Etihad's Residence.

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