Meet the team
Meet the Unilode Aviation Solutions Executive Leadership Team, the personification of expertise and experience in the aviation solutions industry.
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Chief Executive Officer
Ross Marino is a British national with over 30 years of aviation experience, having worked in numerous senior and executive management roles in Australia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. He had a 15-year-long career at dnata, one of the world’s largest providers of ground handling and air services, where he was instrumental in growing dnata into a leading global organisation, and most recently held the position of Chief Executive Officer Europe. Previously, he worked for Menzies Aviation, another leading ground handling and air services provider, and Emirates Airline. Ross was appointed CEO of Unilode in February 2022.
Ross holds a Master of Science degree in Aviation from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and completed an executive education programme at the London Business School.
Chief Financial Officer
Roger Wyss is a Swiss national and has started his professional career at Ernst & Young Assurance as an auditor and successfully attended a programme to become Swiss Certified Public Auditor. He then moved to Pöyry Plc in 2009 where he held various positions in the finance department in Switzerland as Finance Manager, in Sweden as Head of Finance and in Germany as Vice President Finance Region Central Europe. In 2015 he joined SR Technics as Finance Director in the M&A department and took over the role as Global Head of Finance VP in 2017. As finance professional he gained 15 years of working experience and in-depth knowledge in controlling, reporting, accounting, M&A, project management, finance processes & controls, corporate finance, business development, strategy, auditing and taxation.
Roger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Business Economist) from the Northwestern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences. He speaks English and German fluently, and some Spanish.
Chief Operating Officer
Babak Yazdani is a Danish national with several years of experience in operational excellence, customer operations and business transformation. Prior to joining Unilode in January 2018, he worked for Philips as Head of Global Operations, Business Transformation Leader and Head of Operational Excellence. Babak had a long career in various business units of DHL between 1998 and 2009 where he held several senior executive positions including Director of Operational Performance Management, Senior Director of Operational Strategy and VP of Operational Planning and Development.
Babak has a Master of Science in Mathematics and Economics from the Aarhus University (Denmark), and an Executive MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (Germany). He speaks English, Danish and Persian fluently, and has strong working knowledge in Norwegian and Swedish.
Chief Technology Officer
Joseph is an American national who has spent his professional career at some of the largest passenger airlines. Joseph has extensive experience in above wing, below wing, and cargo operations. He started at a US regional carrier in 2000 and held successive leadership positions at United Airlines, US Airways, Northwest Airlines and Delta. In 2015 Delta appointed Joseph as the head of a new ULD Control Group to oversee in-house MRO operations, sourcing, logistics, operations, regulatory compliance and digitalisation. While in the role his team successfully implemented the first and largest ULD IoT to date in the air cargo business. Additionally, Joseph led joint international initiatives with Delta’s equity and Sky Team partners. Joseph joined Unilode in 2019 and is currently the Chief Technology Officer guiding Unilode through an IT transformation focusing on a data first strategy to improve the customer experience. Joseph is extremely passionate in use of big data analytics and advanced techniques to improve airline safety, customer experience and operations.
Joseph is Agile and Lean Black Belt certified and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Master’s in Business Administration – Finance.
Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer
Mario Holzer is a Swiss national and has started his professional career at PwC in Corporate Finance/ M&A Advisory. In 2013 he moved to Bain & Company where he worked in Switzerland, Europe and Latin America as an Engagement Manager on Strategy, Corporate Finance, Performance Improvement, Customer Excellence and Org Design/ Operating Model projects for Corporate clients and Value Creation projects for Private Equity clients. Since 2018, Mario works at Unilode where he held the roles of Head of PMO and Strategic Projects, MD Leasing Services and VP Global Operations before being promoted to Chief Strategy & Transformation Officer in 2022.
Mario is a CFA Charterholder and has earned a Master of Finance from HEC University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and UCLA Anderson School of Management (USA). He speaks German and English fluently and has working knowledge in French and Spanish.