20 Sustainability heroes
Introducing CJI’s Sustainability Power Players 2022
The CJI Sustainability Power Players 2022 list aims to identify the most influential people in sustainable business aviation. From a long list of nearly 50 names, we selected, with the help of our independent judging panel, 20 people for our Power Players list. Our aim is to show how just one person, together with a team, can make a big difference to improving the sustainability of business aviation. Words by Mike Stones.
WELCOME TO THE inaugural Corporate Jet Investor Sustainability Power Players 2022 list. Over recent months we set out to name the 20 most influential people in sustainable business aviation. We wanted to document the most influential business leaders, scientists, engineers, technicians and others who are helping to move the dial on sustainability topics.
Without minimising the achievement of the powerful and effective teams our 20 individuals lead, we want to recognise their personal achievement in making a real difference to the progress of sustainability in business aviation.
Some of those selected hold prominent positions in aircraft manufacturing companies. Some work directly in the field of sustainability. Others work for fuel companies specialising in Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) or are private jet brokers and charter operators. Whatever their role or discipline, they are all united in their dedication to helping aviation cut its carbon emissions by the net zero 2050 deadline.
We have avoided including individuals from industry associations. This is not to say such associations aren’t playing a key role in leading sustainable business aviation – very often they are. But we wanted to preserve the independence of our judging panel.
The 20-name hotlist below was compiled after inviting Corporate Jet Investor readers to nominate the men and women who they felt had made the biggest contribution in the field of sustainability. We then sent the long list of names to our independent industry judges to help condense the list to just 20 names. This year’s industry judges, who deserve heart-felt thanks, were: David Crick, past president of American Society of Appraisers and MD DavAir Group, Marie-Laure Gassier, Jet and Yacht Finance specialist, BNP Paribas, Dan Hubbard, senior vice president Communications, NBAA, Anthony Lam, director, External Affairs, AsBAA, Tim Obitts, president and CEO, NATA and Ford von Weise, Director - global head, Aircraft Finance at Citi Private Bank.
It was such a tough task deciding who to include (and more particularly who not to include), that we decided to select an additional three names for a separate highly commended list.
The people named on each list share equal honour. They appear in an alphabetical order and in no way have we tried to rank achievements in order of importance. We believe everyone named has made an equally stunning contribution to sustainable business aviation. (If you believe key names are missing from our list, please email Mike Stones to explain who we overlooked and why we should have included him or her on the list).
We are sorry our list could not have been much longer to recognise the achievement of thousands of other people who work tirelessly, skillfully and with great determination to improve the sustainability performance of business aviation.
Meanwhile, thank you to our judges for giving their valuable time to this project. And congratulations to the CJI Sustainability Power Players 2022.
CJI Sustainability Power Players 2022
Who’s on the hot 20 list and why (click the photos below for more)
What the judges said about sustainable business aviation
Big thanks to six independent, industry judges who helped to select the names on our CJI Sustainability Power Players 2022 list. They were: David Crick, past president American Society of Appraisers and MD, DavAir Group, Marie-Laure Gassier, Jet and Yacht Finance specialist, BNP Paribas, Dan Hubbard, senior vice president, National Business Aviation Association, Anthony Lam, director, External Affairs, Asian Business Aviation, Association, Tim Obitts, president and CEO, National Air Transportation Association and Ford von Weise, Director - global head, Aircraft Finance at Citi Private Bank.
“Aviation has always led the forefront of innovation, technology, improving living standards, and drives the development of the modern world,” Lam told CJI. “With such an important catalyst comes the responsibility of ensuring that we improve our quality of life not at the cost of the ecosystem and natural resources of future generations.”
Lam added: “We must strive to conserve natural resources and make prudent decisions today that are sustainable for many generations to come.”
DavAir’s Crick told us: “The key thought for the top 20 is that as individuals they are having an influence on the collective mentality and conversation around sustainability issues. From the available information, they are also on a current and upward trajectory of changing the narrative about sustainability on a global basis for the corporate and private jet community.”
NBAA’s Dan Hubbard noted: “This inaugural list of nominees includes people who have been at the forefront of aviation sustainability, and who are pioneers in moving the industry toward a carbon-neutral future.”
CJI Sustainability Power Players 2022 – at a glance
1. John Benjamin, 3M
2. Nancy Bsales, 4Air
3. Andrew Collins, Sentient Jet
4. Scott Cutshall, Clay Lacy
5. Gary Dunn, Aviation Partners
6. Charles Etter, Gulfstream Aerospace Company
7. Daniela Flierl, AirGO
8. Pat Gallagher, NetJets
9. Alireza Ittihadieh, Freestream
10. Clive Jackson, Victor
11. Leo Knaapen, Bombardier
12. Thorsten Lange, Neste
13. Scott Lewis, World Energy
14. Andreea Moyes, Air bp
15. Ben Owens, Honeywell/UOP
16. Keith Sawyer, Avfuel
17. Bryan Sherbacow, Alder Fuels
18. Andrew Thomas, VistaJet
19. Graham Webb, Pratt & Whitney
20. Jonathan Wood, Neste
1. Michel Coulomb, Elit’Avia
2. Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport
3. Kennedy Ricci, 4Air
CJI Sustainability Power Players 2022 industry judges
David Crick, Past president American Society of Appraisers and MD, DavAir Group
Marie-Laure Gassier, Jet and Yacht Finance specialist, BNP Paribas
Dan Hubbard, Senior vice president, National Business Aviation Association
Anthony Lam, Director, External Affairs, Asian Business Aviation Association
Tim Obitts, President and CEO, National Air Transportation Association
Ford von Weise, Director - global head, Aircraft Finance at Citi Private Bank