The Executive Board and Management

Visionary entrepreneurs introduced the Nomad concept of elite executive aviation in 2008. It’s a business strategy aimed at excellence in individualization, not standardization. Client loyalty is the goal. Nomad’s truly the only aviation firm designed specifically to serve a select, exclusive clientele.

CEO Heinz Koehli portrait
Heinz Koehli
Executive Chairman

Executive Chairman Heinz Koehli joined Nomad Aviation in August 2015. Before joining Nomad he was founding CEO, Strategic President and Member of the Board of Directors of AMAC Aerospace in Basel, Switzerland. Prior to that, serving a double function as CEO and COO of Jet Aviation Group in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, he was instrumental in expanding the company before its sale to Permira. Mr Koehli had previously been General Manager of Jet Aviation’s charter business, and is credited with initiating the Jet Aviation Aircraft Management business. Mr Koehli began his career in the travel industry before becoming a specialist in aviation services.

Nomad Aviation AG

CEO Thomas Koehli portrait
Thomas Koehli
Chief Executive Officer
Accountable Manager
Chief Executive Officer Thomas Koehli joined Nomad Aviation as Senior VP Sales and Ground Operations in September 2016. He is also Accountable Manager for Nomad’s Swiss and Maltese operations. Previously, Thomas Koehli spent 18 years with a reputed ground handling company at Zurich International airport, last as vice president and member of the executive management, where he was leading the company’s airline & cargo handling division. He started his professional career in the travel business as a travel consultant. Thomas Koehli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business leadership and organization.
Bruno Ackermann portrait
Bruno Ackermann
Director Crew Training
As Director Crew Training, Bruno Ackermann is responsible for the management and supervision of all crew training related matters including the supervision and guidance of all training personnel. Additionally, he is an active Captain on the Gulfstream G550 / G-V. Bruno has more than 25 years of aviation experience as a Pilot, Instructor and in different management positions in crew training and flight operations with different organizations. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Innovation Management and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Engineering.
CFO Roberto Feijoo Lopez
Roberto Feijoo Lopez
Roberto Feijoo Lopez has more than 18 years of experience in aviation finance, business development, contract management and corporate leadership. He joins Nomad Aviation from dnata, a leading aviation handling services company, where he was managing the dnata group entitiy’s Geneva and Zurich stations and served as a member of the Board of Directors of dnata Switzerland. Prior to that, Roberto held various management and executive functions within dnata in Switzerland and Italy and acted as Chief Financial Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration diploma of the University of St. Gallen / Switzerland.
Director Ground Operation Thomas Gieschen
Thomas Gieschen
Director Ground Operation
As Director Ground Operation, Thomas Gieschen is responsible for Nomad Aviation Dispatch and Ground Operation. Thomas has 30 years of aviation experience. Before joining the company in October 2017, he previously worked as Postholder Ground Operation for ExecuJet Europe AG in Zurich. Prior to that, he was Head of Operation with European Air Ambulance and Manager of the Operation Control Center with Daimler Chrysler Aviation. Before that, he also served as an Apron Controller at Stuttgart Airport and as a military Flight Dispatcher within the German Air Force.
Director Flight Operations Tobias Hossmann
Tobias Hossmann
Director Flight Operations
As Director Flight Operations, Tobias Hossmann is responsible for safe, reliable and compliant flight operations. He is managing a carefully selected professional Flight Crew Team. Tobias is an aviation professional with over 16 years of experience in different management positions and different organizations. Prior to joining Nomad Aviation, he was the Nominated Person Flight Operations and flew as a captain on the A320 for a Switzerland based charter carrier. Tobias holds an EASA ATPL and has more than 6000 hours of flight experience on various aircraft.
Director Flight Operations Karin Knöpfel
Karin Knöpfel
Director Human Resources
As Director Human Resources, Karin Knöpfel is responsible for managing the lifecycle of employees,  developing HR strategies, overseeing operations, and ensuring compliance to support the overall business strategy. Before joining Nomad Aviation, she spent over 15 years in various HR key positions within Aviation, last as Corporate Human Resource Manager Switzerland for an internationally renowned ground handling company at Zurich International Airport. Karin not only holds a bachelor’s degree in HR Management, she is also a professionally trained coach and corporate mentor with diploma. She enables individuals and the company to steer through changes, manage transitions, and handle challenges.
Manager CAMO and Maintenance Josef Speck
Josef Speck
Manager CAMO and Maintenance
As Manager CAMO and Maintenance & Nominated Person Continuing Airworthiness (NPCA) Josef Speck is responsible for continuing airworthiness of our aircraft fleet. Josef has more than 33 years of aviation experience. Before joining Nomad Aviation, he was airworthiness review Staff at Q.C.M. Before he also served as Director Customer Service and Sales, Production Manager MRO, Maintenance Coordinator, Technical Inspector for Jet Aviation Zürich and Jet Aviation Business Jets. His American experience as Maintenance Manager / Aircraft Sales were at Aircraft Acquisitions in Durham NC.
Vice President Aircraft Management Christoph Thurnherr
Christoph Thurnherr
Vice President Aircraft Management
As Vice President of Aircraft Management Christoph Thurnherr is responsible for customer and aircraft management. Christoph has more than 18 years of aviation experience. Before joining Nomad Aviation, he was Vice President Aircraft Management and Charter Sales for Luxaviation Asia, Singpaore, responsible for the Asia Pacific market. Before he has also served as Director Aircraft Management, Director Purchasing and Flight Dispatcher for Jet Aviation Business Jets in Zurich, Switzerland for the EMEA region.

Nomad Technics AG

Director Maintenance Sales Thomas Gierlich
Thomas Gierlich
Director Maintenance Sales
As Director Maintenance Sales, Thomas Gierlich is responsible for all Bombardier and Embraer related sales projects at Nomad Technics AG. He has 13 years of aviation experience, most of it in business aviation. Thomas started his career in business development and sales roles at SR Technics. He continued to work in customer support at EMTEQ and as Regional Sales Manager at Honeywell, establishing a solid network within an international business aviation customer base. He holds a Masters degree in aeronautical engineering from the Technical University of Munich.
Director Sales & Project Management Estelle Thorin
Christian Sacker
Director Quality, Safety and Compliance
Deputy Accountable Manager
As Director Quality, Safety and Compliance, Christian Sacker is responsible for Quality, Safety and Compliance in the company. Christian has more than 15 years’ comprehensive VIP-MRO, Refurbishment and Completion expertise in business aviation. Detailed knowledge and experience of process and re-engineering projects for Part 145, 21.G/J. as well as Component Services. As an aeronautical engineer with more than 30 years of industry experience, he has profound knowhow in the implementation of Authority regulation and as well as Head of Independent System Monitoring (ISM) Quality Assurance Auditor and Part 21J / EASA Form 4 Holder.
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Nomad Timeline

Nomad Technics opens Maintenance facility at Basel EuroAirport in August.
Thomas Koehli becomes Chief Executive Officer in October.
Heinz Koehli becomes Chief Executive Officer in September and Claude Neumeyer becomes Nomad Aviation‘s Chief Commercial Officer.
Nomad Aviation moves headquarters to Kloten, Zurich in February.
Heinz Koehli joins Nomad as Executive Chairman in June.
Nomad Aviation (Europe) Ltd. moves to larger office in Malta in March.
Nomad Aviation (Europe) Malta office opens in December.
Continuous Airworthiness Organisation (CAMO) Nomad Aviation (Europe) Ltd., Malta in December.
Bombardier Global 5000 added to Nomad fleet in December.
Nomad becomes US Visa Waiver Program (WVP) signatory airline in May.
Nomad Aviation moves offices to Berne in October.
Embraer Legacy 600 added to Nomad fleet in November.
2nd Bombardier Challenger 604 added to Nomad fleet in November.
Commercial Airline/Operator Certification received in January.
Operations Certification Geographically Worldwide between 80° North and 60° South. Continuous Airworthiness Organisation (CAMO) for Nomad Aviation AG received in January.
Claude Neumeyer and Rainer Schnurr founded Nomad Aviation, in early June.