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Executive Team

The senior management team at Southern Air has on average over 30 years of aviation experience.


Dan McHugh

Chief Executive Officer
Daniel McHugh is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Air Inc. He is also a member of the Southern Air Board. Prior to his appointment as CEO in 2009, Mr. McHugh was the CEO of DHL Express Asia. Mr. McHugh has spent the majority of his 30-year career in the transportation, supply chain and investment banking sectors. Prior to joining DHL Express, he was President Asia/Middle East for APL Ltd, a subsidiary of Neptune Orient Lines Ltd., and President of the Americas for Sealand Service. Mr. McHugh currently serves as a Board member for Intermarine, LLC and PATS Aircraft Systems. He has previously served on various U.S. and International Board of Directors including GT Nexus in Alameda, California; Vostochny International Container Services in Vostochny, Russia and Blue Dart Express Ltd. in Mumbai, India. He is the past Chairman of Vietnam-based Asia Injury Prevention Foundation. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Singapore Sports Council for the Disabled. Mr. McHugh graduated from Loras College with a degree in Business Administration and Literature. He also holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Management at Duke University


David Soaper

Chief Operating Officer
David Soaper is a highly successful executive with more than 28 years of experience in aviation operations. Prior to joining Southern Air, Mr. Soaper was with Comair Inc., a Delta Connection Carrier and wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Airlines. During his distinguished career at Comair, Mr. Soaper held a variety of operational roles including Vice President Safety, Security and System Operations, and most recently Senior Vice President of Aircraft Operations and a member of the Board. As a senior executive, his responsibilities incorporated Corporate Safety and Security, Security Operations, Flight Operations, Flight Training, Inflight Resources, Crew Member Resources, Customer Service and Planning and Performance. Mr. Soaper holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Wilmington College in Ohio and holds a aircraft multi-engines, commercial and instrument rating.



Fred L. deLeeuw

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Fred deLeeuw brings more than 35 years of financial, operational and leadership experience to Southern Air. Prior to joining Southern Air, Mr. deLeeuw served as Chief Financial Officer for AirNet Holdings, Inc., where he was a member of the executive leadership team and was instrumental in implementing sustainable financial practices. Previously, Mr. deLeeuw was President and CEO at Big Sky Airlines Co. and held senior leadership positions at Atlas Air Inc., Vanguard Airlines, Inc., Northwest Airlines Corp., Continental Airlines, Inc., and People Express Airlines, Inc. Fred holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA from Arizona State University.


Jon E. Olin

Chief Legal Officer
Jon E. Olin is Southern Air Inc.’s Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Southern Air, he was the Senior Vice President & General Counsel of DHL Airways and Deutsche Post-DHL Americas region for fifteen years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and is a graduate of the Santa Clara University School of Law. Mr. Olin also holds an LL.M degree in Transnational Business Transactions from the University of the Pacific. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Spain in 1990.


Oliver Gritz

Managing Director Europe
Oliver Gritz is a highly successful executive with more than 25 years of experience in the transportation and logistics business. Prior to joining Southern Air, he was with DHL Express where he held various senior management positions. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Gritz was Executive Vice President, Board Member and CFO of DHL Express. He also served as an executive of the Swiss based logistics group Danzas, which was acquired by Deutsche Post in 1998. He began his career with Schenkers in 1985. He holds degrees in transport and Logistics from Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Loerrach, Germany and in Business Economics from the University of Passau in Germany. He has also earned an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

 

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