Unilode appoints Janis Balkens as Chief Operating Officer


Unilode Aviation Solutions, the market leader in outsourced unit load device (ULD) management, repair, and digital services, is delighted to announce the appointment of Janis Balkens as Chief Operating Officer.

Janis Balkens has over 20 years of experience in senior leadership, operational and commercial roles in the aviation industry. He has worked extensively with airports, airlines, ground handlers, and logistics companies, and is a highly respected and talented member of the aviation community. Mr. Balkens most recently held the position of Regional Chief Executive Officer for New & Emerging Markets at dnata.

Ross Marino, Chief Executive Officer, Unilode, said: “I am delighted that Janis has joined Unilode’s Executive Leadership Team. He is extremely well placed to continue to deliver operational excellence at Unilode, and his operational and commercial expertise with a strong focus on quality and safety will strengthen Unilode’s market leader position in the ULD and galley cart sector. Janis will play a pivotal role in leading Unilode’s operations to new heights and contributing to the continued growth and success of our company. Janis is a highly valued addition to our team, and I am excited to work with him to continue to deliver optimal results for Unilode.”

Janis Balkens, Chief Operating Officer, Unilode, said: “I am thrilled to join Unilode and lead the company’s global operations. Unilode’s dedication to driving operational efficiencies aligns with my passion for delivering the highest level of performance to all our customers. I strongly believe that successful leadership of both local and global teams requires trust, empowerment, and respect, and I look forward to working with the talented Unilode team to build on the company’s successes and continue to elevate our services and partnerships globally. Together, we will provide our customers and partners with mutually beneficial solutions and drive our businesses forward.”

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