Ex-JetBlue and Virgin chiefs join AIM Aviation as directors

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Dave Barger and Steve Ridgway have joined the board of AIM Aviation as non-executive directors. Barger helped found JetBlue Airways in 1998 as president and COO, and is currently its CEO and a member of the board. Ridgway is the chairman of Scandlines Ferries in Denmark and chairman of Start JG, a leading brand agency in London. He was CEO of Virgin Atlantic from 1998 to 2013, having joined the airline in 1989.

The two new directors join AIM Aviation at a time of growth. The company was acquired by TowerBrook Capital Partners in September 2013. Following the acquisition, Andy Stevens, previously CEO of Cobham, was appointed as chairman. Since then, AIM Aviation has made significant investment in new facilities at two of its production sites.

“AIM Aviation is uniquely positioned to influence the continued evolution of commercial aviation, and I look forward to bringing my experience to the table to help guide the company,” Barger said.

Ridgway added, “I am delighted to join AIM Aviation at this very exciting time for the commercial aerospace industry. I have known AIM for many years and have always challenged them to innovate and provide high-quality service to their customers, so I will enjoy being able to help that further in my new board role”.

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