New COO at Naviair

Jesper Skou (55) will begin as the new COO of Naviair on 11 November 2019. Jesper Skou will take on responsibility for all operational activities at Naviair, including the control centres in Copenhagen and Nuuk and the control towers at a number of Danish airports. He will join as a member of the executive management group at Naviair.

jesperskouJesper Skou is joining the company from a position as CEO for GAL ANS in Abu Dhabi. A role in which he led an organisation of almost 1000 employees which, among other things, was responsible for air traffic control at airports in Abu Dhabi and a number of airports in the United Arab Emirates. With employees from 48 different nationalities, his managerial role at GAL ANS allowed Jesper Skou to acquire significant international experience in the management and development of air traffic control and associated services. A range of work processes were optimised under his leadership. 

Jesper Skou qualified as an air traffic controller specialised in tower and approach control at the former Civil Aviation Administration Denmark in 1987. He worked as an air traffic controller in control tower at the Copenhagen Airport up until 1994, after which he went abroad for four years to work as an air traffic controller in Zürich, Switzerland.

In 1998 he returned to Denmark where he took on a number of managerial positions, first with the Civil Aviation Administration Denmark and later with Naviair. In 2010 he became the COO of the newly established Danish-Swedish company NUAC HB, where he was responsible for the operation of en-route traffic in Danish and Swedish air space as a supplier to Naviair and the Swedish LFV. In this role he was one of the leading forces in the work on joint Danish-Swedish air space optimisation through to 2015, when he was recruited by GAL ANS. 

Along the way Jesper Skou has also had time to pursue studies in management and in 2007 he received his Executive MBA from AVT Business School.

Jesper Skou will be taking over the role of COO at Naviair from Claus Skjærbærk who passed away in April.)  

For further information please contact our communications director Bo Pedersen at bop@naviair.dk or by telephone (+45) 3247 7900
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