Air Transport Services Group, Inc., (Nasdaq: ATSG) said that John Starkovich, President of ABX Air, Inc., an airline subsidiary of ATSG, has retired, and David Soaper has been appointed his replacement, effective February 1, 2017.
Starkovich joined ABX Air in 1998 as Senior Director of Labor Relations. He held a variety of roles in senior management, including Chief Labor Counsel, and Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Services, before becoming President of the airline in March 2012. His 35-year career also included positions with Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC.
Soaper most recently held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer at Connecticut-based Southern Air, Inc. Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President of Aircraft Operations for regional airline Comair, Inc. during a 28-year career with that company. Her holds a bachelor´s degree in Business Administration from Wilmington College. He is an FAA-licensed Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings, and is a licensed Aircraft Dispatcher.
ABX Air is an FAR Part 121 cargo airline headquartered in Wilmington, Ohio, that has flown express cargo routes for customers in the US and around the world for more than three decades. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc.
ATSG provides aircraft leasing and air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. ATSG, through its leasing and airline subsidiaries, is the world´s largest owner and operator of converted Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. Through its principal subsidiaries, including two airlines with separate and distinct US FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides aircraft leasing, air cargo lift, aircraft maintenance services and airport ground services.