Interview to the new Ala CEO Gennaro di Capua
Italian Ala is growing and getting stronger
Business protection, new contracts and income increase: they are Gennaro di Capua’s main objectives, the new Ala Group –Advanced Logistics for Aerospace- CEO since last November, interviewed by AVIONEWS in Rome few days ago.
Gennaro di Capua – who previously hold such numerous relevant jobs in the aerospace sector (Atitech executive vice-president, Alitalia Maintenance Systems CEO, Aeronavali CEO and general director and Alenia Aermacchi Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer)– has a deep industrial, air transports and aviation maintenance knowledge; Ala –supplier and service provider of specialized components in lean supply chain management solutions, exists in the aerospace sector since more than 30 years– headquarters in Naples and has other offices in Italy (Pozzuoli, Turin, Cameri, Brindisi) in France (Toulouse, Mont De Marsan), United Kingdom (London) and United States (New York and Seattle) and sales offices in China and India as well. The will to keep the relationship with the local area is clearly shown in choosing to not leave Naples’ headquarters: few months ago, the new headquarters was inaugurated in Teatro Mediterraneo at Mostra d’Oltremare. The Group esteemed to close the 2017-year with Ebitda in +7% turnover, about 120 million Euro.
The Group will follow the guidelines traced by the property: to exist in international markets, business stabilization in countries where it is already well known by considering also the opportunity to open new offices being in its customers’ proximity; to facilitate synergies as those as Leonardo, Ge Avio, Bae, Safran, Liebherr and Zodiac in order to create even more strategic partnerships with its principal customers; to focus on lean supply chain management products and services by integrating more Ala services according to customers’ productions and lines: Safran and Leonardo Helicopters are two of helicopter industry customers of the company; concerning the aircraft sector the firm already works for the main civil and military aviation programs (F-35, ATR-42/72, A-321, A-380 and so on).
Gennaro di Capua has no secrets about the mandate-project, given by the president Fulvio Scannapieco and the executive vice-president Vittorio Genna, that is going to consolidate the relationships with the company first customers but still to open the business to new customers and contracts, by keeping the company safe from an economical and financial point of view. The 2018-year objective is to increase its presence on markets in France, UK and United States; the retention growth of those client companies in the energy field– in particular in Oil&Gas sector– by positioning Ala as a relevant player in this sector too; stabilizing even more consistent relationships with suppliers for the spin-off rationalization and virtuousness; to centralize some services towards clients; activities control increase and strengthening by adding new young talents to the organizational chart.
In relation to the international field, Ala will be in the main exhibitions, as those in Farnborough (UK), Paris-Le Bourget (France), Turin, “Aircraft Interiors” in Hamburg, “Aeromart” in Toulouse and “Airtec” in Munich (Germany).
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