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NHV Appoints Thomas Hütsch as New CEO

Ostend, Belgium – November 17th, 2021 - NHV Group is pleased to announce that Thomas Hütsch, the current NHV Group Chief Operating Officer has been promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. The outgoing CEO, Steffen Bay has resigned to move to a new position outside of the helicopter industry.

“To become the CEO of NHV Group is a great honour and I look forward to leading the Group into a new era of growth with great enthusiasm.” says Hütsch, “The quality of our teams, our modern fleet of helicopters as well as the international reach of the Group puts us in the ideal position to grow our reputation as a highly safe, reliable and flexible helicopter operator of choice.”

Thomas Hütsch joined NHV in July 2019 as Chief Operating Officer, coming to NHV with more than 30 years of leadership experience in several fields of the helicopter industry, including Airbus Helicopters and at ADAC; the large German automobile club where he managed the HEMS operations with more than fifty helicopters providing emergency medical services.

Laurent Verhelst, will further strengthen the management team, who in the role of Chief Financial Officer joined NHV in summer 2021. "I am very happy to have Laurent at my side," says Hütsch, "His many years of experience and his financial expertise will be key elements in leading the NHV Group to future success.

Yves-Louis Darricarrère, Chairman of NHV’s Board of Directors stated, “On behalf of the Board, we would like to heartily welcome Thomas in his new position and to thank Steffen for his honourable service and his accomplishments with NHV. We made fantastic strategic and operational progress under his leadership and we wish him future success in his new organisation.” Mr. Darricarrère further added, “NHV has built a talented and highly capable leadership team and we are very fortunate to be able to ensure business continuity with the promotion of Thomas to CEO, with the Board’s full confidence.”

About NHV Group:
NHV Group, headquartered in Oostende (Belgium), is specialized in B-to-B helicopter services and has a strong geographic presence in Europe and Western Africa. The group conducts operations out of several bases on 2 continents with a team of about 600 employees. NHV’s main focus is on the energy producing sector. The Group has a leading position in Europe as the only helicopter operator that conducts operations in every oil producing country in the region. The scope of work also includes: Maritime Services comprising Search and Rescue (SAR), Offshore Wind Farms, Training, Maintenance Repair Overhaul and Harbour Pilot Services. Vertech Offshore and Airlift are two specialised organisations within the NHV group who are market leaders in flare tip replacement and power grid construction and maintenance. Aside from helicopter operations, NHV is also an Approved Pilot Training (ATO) and Maintenance Training (P147) organisation. In addition to supporting its own fleet, NHV provides extensive third-party maintenance services to a variety of civil and military clients. The group operates a multipurpose, high value fleet of more than 50 helicopters. NHV’s majority shareholder is Ardian, the world-leading private investment house with assets of around US$120bn, managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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