Jet Aviation Zurich Appoints Jakob Straub

On April 21, Jet Aviation announced the appointment of Jakob Straub as its new vice president and general manager of the company’s Zurich maintenance and FBO operations.  The position is effective from July 1, 2009.  He will succeed interim general manager Paul Kempf, director quality control and chief inspector, who will facilitate Straub’s introduction to his new responsibilities during a transition period.
Jakob Straub joins Jet Aviation Zurich from SR Technics Ireland in Dublin.  As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and member of the executive team of the Dublin operation, Straub had responsibility for line and base maintenance, planning, commercial and engineering services.  At Jet Aviation Zurich, he will oversee the company’s maintenance and refurbishment operations as well as the fuelling and FBO business.  Straub will report directly to Christof Späth, Jet Aviation’s Senior Vice President MRO & FBO services for EMEA & Asia.
Straub started his aviation career in 1978 as aircraft mechanic at Swissair in Zurich.  He then moved on in the company in various managerial positions and continued his employment in 1997 when SR Technics was established as a separate company within the Swissair Group.  Since then, he held several key positions within the newly formed organization including a two-year assignment as director product management for SR Technics America and as COO of the Dublin operation since October 2005.  Straub holds a degree in Aircraft Engineering from the former Swissair Engineering School and a degree in Management and Economics from IFKS (Institute for Management Training Zurich).