New NATO Airlift Management Programme Manager

27 March 2013

On 26 March, the new NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme Manager, Mr. Wiek Noldus (photo), took over responsibility for the overall management of the Airlift Management Programme of the Strategic Airlift Capability.

At the handover ceremony at Pápa Air Base in the presence of the NSPA General Manager, Mr. Noldus declared he was very proud and honoured to be part of NSPA and looked forward to working together with the NAM Programme staff at the locations in Pápa, Dayton and Capellen.

Before taking up this new position, Mr. Noldus was Head of Enterprise Resource Planning at NLD MoD, responsible for the implementation and fielding of SAP. In 2004, after promotion to the rank of Colonel, he was appointed Head of the Fighter and Training Aircraft Division (F-16 and PC-7) of the Netherlands' Defence Material Organization. In 2009, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Management from the University of Tilburg (NDL), which complemented his practical experience in the fields of Aircraft System Management, Programme Management, Business Process Management, general management and leadership.

Mr. Noldus’ predecessor, Mr. Gunnar Borch, leaves the Programme after five years, having started out in October 2008 as the General Manager of the NATO Airlift Management Agency, which merged into NSPA in July 2012.  At the ceremony, he wished his successor all the best for the future. He also thanked the NAM Programme staff for their constant drive to deliver and to improve, without which, he indicated, he would not have been able to build an organization to acquire, manage and support NAM-Programme-owned C-17 transport aircraft and to constitute and support in parallel the multinational military unit that operates the aircraft, which reached Full Operational Capability in less than 4 years. With the ongoing infrastructure developments at Pápa Air Base and new initiatives for collective ownership of airborne weapon systems in Europe – in which NSPA could play an important role – a very interesting period lies ahead for the NAM Programme. From 1 April 2013, Mr Borch will set up the NSPA Liaison Office at NATO HQ.