Jet Linx president and CEO Jamie Walker is to become chairman and Brent Wouters will be joining as chief executive officer. Walker will focus on the company's overall strategic vision and industry and client relations. Wouters, a highly experienced business growth professional who focuses on operational excellence, will join Jet Linx on 31 July.
Wouters possesses expertise in successfully growing businesses across the aviation, automotive, manufacturing and distribution verticals, with deep and diverse experience in sales, marketing, engineering, finance, accounting, risk management and regulation. His approach to business utilises a combination of high-touch human interaction and high-efficiency technological innovation to build a culture of belief.
“I've had the pleasure of knowing Brent and trying to recruit him to our team for the last 10 years. Over this time, I have remained impressed with the pure passion and leadership he demonstrates in everything he does. I'm beyond excited the stars have aligned and we were able to bring him on board at just the right time for our company,” says Walker. “With our commitment to double the size of the fleet by the end of 2026, in partnership with Brent, our board of directors and executive leadership team, we will usher in a new level of operational excellence together.”
With more than 32 years of professional experience, Wouters joins Jet Linx from Iron Valley Supply, a global outdoor shooting sports, equipment and adventure company, where he served as president and CEO for three and a half years. He was also previously president and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft; during his 10 year tenure he took the company from a small domestic startup to the best-selling aircraft in 60 countries.
“I've known Jamie and Jet Linx for a number of years and have stayed in close contact; they've built a great company and brand. I see a very large growth opportunity in front of us, and I look forward to working with each Jet Linx team member to capture it,” he says.
Wouters holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Graceland University, a master's in aerospace engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA (Finance) from Georgia State University.