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BBA Aviation director Nick Land to step down

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London, United Kingdom - November 12, 2015, London, United Kingdom - BBA Aviation, an aviation services company, announced that Nick Land, the chairman of the audit and risk committee and senior independent director will not be seeking re-election at the AGM in 2016.

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Mr. Land joined the Company's Board in 2006, becoming Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee in 2007 and senior independent director in 2010.

Mr. Land was formerly chairman of Ernst & Young LLP and a member of the Global Executive Board of Ernst & Young, positions which he held from 1995 to 2006. In addition to his experience as a Chartered Accountant, Nick brings to the Board his extensive skills as an adviser to international businesses.

Mr. Land's current appointments include being a non-executive director of Vodafone Group Plc and the Ashmore Group plc. He chairs the Board of Trustees of the Vodafone Foundation and is an adviser to Dentons and Silicon Valley Bank and sits on the Financial Reporting Council.

Following the conclusion of the AGM in 2016, Susan Kilsby will be appointed as the Senior Independent Director. She will continue in her role as Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. She has been a non-executive director since 2012.

Ms. Kilsby began her career at the First Boston Corporation and later worked at Bankers Trust and BZW, before the latter was acquired by Credit Suisse. She was chairman of the EMEA Mergers and Acquisitions team at Credit Suisse until 2009 and she was also a non-executive director of L’Occitane and Coca-Cola HBC AG.

Ms. Kilsby' current appointments include being chairman of Shire plc and a non-executive director of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Her experience advising clients across a range of industries includes significant deals in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

Peter Edwards and Peter Ventress will be appointed as non-executive directors of the Company from January 1, 2016.

Mr. Edwards has spent his career in the aerospace sector across a wide spectrum of roles. He spent nine years with Gulfstream in a variety of senior sales and marketing roles. In 1995, he joined Bombardier Aerospace Corporation, where in 2001 he was promoted to President of Business Aircraft.

Mr. Edwards was Chief Executive Officer of Jet Aviation, a global business aircraft service provider, between 2007 and 2011. Since leaving Jet Aviation, hr has created an aerospace advisory practice and is a significant investor in Axis Simulation Holdings, which produces advanced flight simulators for the commercial and business aircraft markets.

Mr. Ventress is Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Galliford Try plc and a Non-executive Director of Premier Farnell plc and Softcat plc. From 2009 he spent six years as Chief Executive Officer of Berendsen plc.

Prior to this Mr. Ventress held several senior executive roles, including International President, at Staples Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, at Corporate Express NV a Dutch quoted company prior to its acquisition by Staples Inc.

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