Air freight and express wholesaler AMI has promoted Darren Zieba to the newly-created position of global information technology project manager.
Zieba will be based at AMI’s Chicago office and assumes responsibility for several major system projects, such as MyAMI and the global rollout of AMI’s online product Click2Ship. He will also head AMI’s central IT development team, based at its London headquarters.
He has worked in aviation and air cargo IT for over 15 years, starting with Ogden Cargo in London in 1997, later moving to the ground handling business of Menzies Aviation when it acquired Ogden in 2000. Since 2006, Zieba has managed a range of IT projects for the ground handling business across Europe, India and the United States.
Industry Funds Management (IFM) has appointed Nicolas Villen as an external senior adviser to its $7.1 billion global infrastructure fund.
Villen will provide advice and support to IFM, particularly in enhancing strategic industry relationships in Spain and Latin America.
He joins IFM following a 20-year career at Ferrovial. He was chief executive officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos, the airport division of Ferrovial, from 2009 to 2012, and chief financial officer of Ferrovial from 1993 to 2009. Earlier in his career, Villen was managing director of Midland Montagu Ventures, as well as CEO of Smith Kline & French for six years.
He has also held a number of board positions with infrastructure companies, including BAA Ltd. as vice chairman, the transport infrastructure developer Cintra, services provider Amey, Indiana Toll Road, Chicago’s Skyway Concession, the Spanish telecom operator ONO and Polish construction company Budimex.
IFM has 11 senior infrastructure advisers across sectors and geographies, four of whom have been appointed in the past 12 months. Most recently, IFM hired Alec Dreyer, former CEO of the Port of Houston Authority; Keith Forman, former Partner/CFO of Crestwood Midstream Partners; and Uwe Franke, former chairman of BP Europe, as senior advisers to the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund, to support IFM’s expansions in the United States and Germany.
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