Waves, the Channel Island airline launched by local entrepreneur Nick Magliocchetti in January, has made a number of appointments and brought forward its plans to launch an inter-island air taxi service.
Software entrepreneur Barrie Baxter has joined the business as Deputy CEO and brings a wealth of commercial expertise from his career at Compaq, Dell and Fujitsu.
Alan Bryon has taken on the CFO role, having previously been a Director of a Guernsey-based fiduciary company and the CFO of LIAT, a regional airline based in the Caribbean.
Jim Rouse joins the team as Technical Co-ordinator, with 17 years’ experience designing and building IT systems. He comes to Waves following five years with local e-commerce specialist IEB Trading, delivering optimised algorithms, procedures and tools across the business.
Having spent 20 years in Sydney, Emy De La Mare brings her client service experience to her new role as Wave’s PR and Marketing Manager.
Simon Crook continues as Aviation Adviser and is joined by Technical Adviser David Raskino and former CEO of Airtel-Vodafone Ian Campbell.
“Our aim is to have up to three planes in operation by the end of the year and for the team to have grown to about 20,” said Barrie Baxter.
“Over the past 18 months, passenger numbers to Guernsey have fallen by 33,000 – there are now 100,000 fewer people a year travelling between Guernsey and Jersey than a decade ago. We want to take the numbers back up by filling a gap – we believe there’s an opportunity that is currently not being satisfied.”
Pictured (l-r): COO Matt Bisson, Barrie Baxter, CEO Nick Magliocchetti, Alan Bryon, Emy De La Mare and Jim Rouse