Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer take up positions.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline today announced the secondment of two executives from Arik International SA. Arik International SA provides logistical business support and management consultancy services to Arik Air Limited (Nigeria). Mr John Roijen and Mr Kevin Dudley will take up the positions of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) respectively. This follows the announcement on 19 October of the secondment of Mr Jason Holt to Arik Air Limited (Nigeria) as the airline’s new Managing Director.
Announcing the two new appointments in Lagos, the Chairman of Arik Air Limited, Sir Joseph Arumemi-Ikhide said: “Mr Roijen and Mr Dudley are both senior-level airline professionals and each is highly experienced in his respective field. They possess considerable international industry expertise, reinforced by strong Nigerian market knowledge and experience. I am delighted to have them both join Arik Air, supporting Mr Jason Holt in leading the airline during its next growth phase.”
Arik Air’s Managing Director, Mr Jason Holt elaborated: “Mr Roijen and Mr Dudley both bring a wealth of industry knowledge gained from working in airlines and professional organizations based across a wide number of international markets. Each also brings an in-depth, practical and current knowledge of the Nigerian aviation market, gained from the leadership roles they performed successfully at Virgin Nigeria Airways. As Arik Air, Nigeria’s leading commercial airline, approaches its third anniversary of successful operations and prepares to integrate new aircraft into the fleet and expand further its network, I too am delighted to welcome both John and Kevin to our team. I look forward to their contribution in helping implement the airline’s expansion strategy.”
Mr Roijen holds an MBA (Finance & Marketing) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. With more than 20 years professional experience, he has held senior finance function responsibilities in markets spanning Africa, Europe and the US. His previous roles have included Accountant at Ernst & Young (Netherlands), Interim Finance Director at Steel Pipe Industries (South Africa), Finance & General Manager at Technology Group (Botswana), Finance Director at Avon Rubber Plc (UK) and Vice President-Finance at Osborn (US). Until March 2009, Mr Roijen was Chief Financial Officer at Virgin Nigeria Airways, based in Lagos.
Mr Dudley also holds an MBA and is a licensed Aircraft Engineer. With more than 30 years airline industry experience, his previous employers have included British Airways, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Nigeria Airways. Previously he performed head office and out station roles including Overseas Line Maintenance Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways, General Manager Commercial Planning at Virgin Atlantic Airways and Engineering Director at Virgin Nigeria Airways. Until June 2009, Mr Dudley was Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Nigeria Airways, based in Lagos.
Both appointees expressed delight in taking up their positions. New Chief Financial Officer, John Roijen said: “As a Nigerian airline, Arik Air is already the fastest growing African airline. It has announced expansion in domestic, regional and international markets. I am pleased to have the opportunity at this time to strengthen further the airline’s financial processes and systems in support of its strong growth plan.”
New Chief Operating Office, Kevin Dudley continued: “Since its launch three years ago in October 2006, Arik Air has already earned a well-deserved reputation for achieving operational efficiency while delivering strong customer service in a safe and secure environment for guests. I look forward to maintaining that culture, to continuously improving how the airline operates and to building on the relationships that the airline has already established with Nigerian aviation stakeholders.”
Mr Roijen and Mr Dudley will report to Arik Air’s Managing Director, Jason Holt.
Arik Air is Nigeria’s leading commercial airline. It operates a fleet of 29 state-of-the art regional, medium haul and long haul aircraft. The airline currently serves 21 airports across Nigeria as well as Accra (Ghana), Banjul (Gambia), Cotonou (Benin), Dakar (Senegal), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Niamey (Niger), London Heathrow (UK) and Johannesburg (South Africa). The airline will soon commence non-stop flights between Lagos and New York (JFK) and between Abuja and London (Heathrow).

The airline currently operates 124 flights daily from its hubs in Lagos and Abuja.

It employs a workforce of more than 1,800.