Embraer has commenced its restructuring process with the reintegration of the commercial aviation business. The Brazil-based aerospace company has also announced the appointment of Arjan Meijer as the new president and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. Meijer succeeds John Slattery, who is taking the role of CAO at GE Aviation. Meijer will report directly to Embraer president and CEO, Francisco Gomes Neto, effective immediately.
Meijer, 47, has been COO (chief commercial officer) of Embraer Commercial Aviation since January 2017, in which role he has been responsible for the global marketing and sales functions across six different regions, helping the company to achieve 35 airline deals. He joined the company in April 2016 as VP of commercial aviation for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.
Prior to joining Embraer, Meijer spent 15 years in various executive roles at the KLM Group, latterly as VP of technical services and fleet development at KLM’s regional subsidiary, KLM Cityhopper, and prior to that was managing director at KLM UK Engineering in Norwich. Arjan earned a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands and a Master’s in Business Administration from Purdue University in the USA.
“Arjan has done a fantastic job as the head of sales for Embraer Commercial Aviation. He has the energy, international experience, and skillset to lead our commercial aviation business at this unique moment,” said Francisco Gomes Neto.