One thing we all know is that it is the people that make all the difference in this industry.
This is particularly true in the challenging times we are coming through. For this reason, we are pleased to once again identify an Industry Champion in our 2023 Awards – teams or individuals who have really gone the extra mile in the toughest of times.
In this free-to-nominate category, you can tell the story of your star performers in 300 words (or through video if you prefer). Don’t be shy! Shine a light on the change and the commitment you’ve seen, whether from your chefs or designers, your management or operations teams, your cleaners or your directors.
Last year our judges were pleased to recognise Job Heimerikx, CEO, AirFi, as our Industry Champion of the Year 2022.
Honest, fair, determined, enthusiastic and an innovator, Job Heimerikx has been playing a pivotal role in influencing and changing the shape of the inflight entertainment and inflight retail market for the past decade.
As CEO of AirFi, he is recognised as a facilitative leader who believes in the power of listening and enabling others, open mindedness, and mutual respect for all colleagues.
With Job at the helm, AirFi has achieved many industry-firsts, creating innovations through inexpensive and easy-to-deploy digital cabin solutions. These have included, in 2011, the first tablet-based ePOS (electronic point-of-sale) solution, now adopted around the world; and in 2014, portable streaming IFE via the AirFi box. The goal was to make IFE affordable and accessible for ANY airline.
The judges also gave recognition to the work and resilience of three amazing teams:
John Horsfall’s Warehouse & Operations team
Which showed a sense of responsibility and pride in a job-well-done and pulled together to stay motivated despite the effects of the pandemic.
SATS Innovation Centre team
Recognised for developing a vision, shared with Monty’s Bakehouse, to bring the Innovation Hub capabilities and facilities in the UK to Singapore, so as to innovate product solutions for the region.
The dnata Australia team
For dedication and determination across a range of departments with a particular spotlight on Kelly Grieves, communication manager; the Pricing and Procurement Teams; the Darwin Team; and the Jetstar Team.