Nick Diesel Takes Helm at Virgin Atlantic Cargo as MD Starting August 2024

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Diesel as its new Managing Director, effective August 4, 2024. Nick has been with Virgin Atlantic for nine years, during which he has held various senior leadership roles. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Financial Planning, where he led the team through the post-pandemic recovery and set a course for returning to profitability.

Nick brings a strong background in strategy and operations consulting from his time at Deloitte. At Virgin Atlantic, he has spearheaded several high-profile projects, including serving as the finance lead for the expanded joint venture agreement with Air France-KLM and Delta Air Lines. During the pandemic, he coordinated the airline’s £1.5 billion recapitalization, facilitating its recovery.

Nick succeeds Phil Wardlaw, who has been directing Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s digital transformation since 2021.

“I am incredibly excited to take on this new challenge. Virgin Atlantic Cargo is one of the most important business units we have, and collectively, this team delivered amazing achievements through the pandemic, enabling our recovery. As the world starts to normalize, every day they show an unrivaled ability to adapt to an ever-changing world while maintaining a focus on our customers to deliver the best service possible. The cargo division continues on a successful trajectory for 2024, and I look forward to building on this with the team.”

Nick Diesel, Managing Director, Virgin Atlantic Cargo

Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer, Virgin Atlantic, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Nick to Virgin Atlantic Cargo. Nick played a fundamental role during the pandemic transformation, and I know he’ll bring incredible enthusiasm, ambition, and experience to this role. Our cargo division offers fantastic opportunities for our people, and I look forward to working closely with Nick as he leads the cargo team into its next phase.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Phil for more than twenty years of service at Virgin Atlantic and his exceptional leadership of the cargo team. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors.”

Nick will commence his new role on August 4th. Mark Faulkner, Head of Cargo Commercial, will be acting as interim MD from June 3rd to August 3rd, 2024.

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