Cornerstone Holdings Corp UK has a number of Directors involved in their UK operation. Below is a short biography of our core staff.
President & CEO - Cornerstone Holdings Corp UK
Founder of Regional Connect Ltd., Founder and Chairman of Business Air, Founder Board member BMI Regional. (ERAA.ORG). World Routes.
Ian Woodley is an inspirational leader and skilled negotiator who makes vison a reality by high performance motivation of loyal and focused skilled teams both grounded in financial and network optimization of the Airline business and identifying clear opportunities for partnership growth. Developing results through strategic planning.
Previously Ian made history as the UK’s youngest start up regional airline Owner, Founder and Chairman of award-winning Airline Business Air. The airline specialized in combined daytime passenger schedules and extensive overnight postal operations. Ian consequently became the highest utilization operator of the Embraer and Saab aircraft type.
As a natural relationship builder, this led to investments from EU carriers Lufthansa and Crossair and the launch of the “Superhub Manchester project” and became first Jet operator from London City with its “ Bank Express” service to Frankfurt.
As a competitive Airline Ian was approached by Sir Michael Bishop, Chairman of British Midland International and a large competitor to British Airways and consequently Ian sold Business Air to enable its further growth in the industry and become British Midland Regional.
During his supposed sabbatical Ian spent time working with Houston based “Capacity Provider” ExpressJet forming a JV to canvass emerging global markets including Asia and Australasia with a focus on China identifying the present day airline China Express for investment.
Some years later Ian led the acquisition of BMI regional from the Lufthansa Group and subsequently IAG British Airways successfully acquiring this business on behalf of investors at under 30% of NAV to become Founder Board member and Chairman of BMI regional. By using his solid relationship with Lufthansa Ian positioned BMI Regional to partner ‘Super Code Share’ routes into Munich and Frankfurt and developed wet leasing agreements to other Lufthansa group airlines.
Having established this goal, Ian, in 2017 changed roles to focus personally on the rapidly changing and emerging role that regionals now play as partner capacity providers to the main network airlines in the EU, identifying emerging various key consolidation opportunities present in the market.
Advisor to the Nordica Aviation group.
Founder Board Member of the European Regional Airline association (ERAA.ORG)
Founder Board Member of World Routes (routesonline.com)
Currently Founder of Regional Connect Ltd, established as an M & A advisor and platform using his demonstrated abilities to evaluate and pursue potential mergers and acquisitions within the EU and Global regional market place using his extensive industry contacts built up over 30 years and valued reputation as a key player in this business.
He is a great believer in the power of regional connectivity and harnessing the latent demand and value for this to be both maintained and developed further securing regional economical growth across nations and continents.
“Off duty” Ian enjoys cooking for his family and entertaining in the South of France.
Director - Cornerstone Holdings Corp UK
Mr. Soliman started his career in International Business Development within the Tourism Industry in Egypt and later moved to China, where he lectured on business management and verbal communication at both private and public institutes. Mr. Soliman was appointed by the Chinese Government as the Chief Marketing Planner / Assistant Director of the ZhangjiaJie Municipal Tourism Bureau.
Mr. Soliman has served international companies in their market expansions and development in the international arena. Mr. Soliman is very well versed in developing and maintaining relationships that result in sustainable business for all parties involved. Born on the Island of Malta and having grown up in a multitude of countries, Mr. Soliman has a unique insight into the importance of cultural immersion in the process of developing international markets.
Mr. Soliman has lectured on business management at both private and public institutes as well as having led corporate training and speeches for both Public and Private Events.
David, a successful leader, with extensive experience across international markets, for example UK, Europe, Middle East (GCC), Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), Iran, Africa (Sudan, South Africa), Russia, America, Asian (Hong Kong, China, Singapore), South Pacific (Fiji, Tonga etc), Australia and New Zealand, with a proven track record at an executive level within FTSE 100 / 250 PLC, Private Equity, Entrepreneurial & Government ownership structures with extensive merger, acquisition, disposals (including IPO), financial turnaround / growth and business change experience gained within Tour Operating & Leisure, Aviation (regional, LCC and legacy models), Technology and Pharmaceutical sectors.
David is a qualified FCA having trained with Ernst & Young in the UK who has 25 years’ technology, pharma, aviation, tour operating & leisure experience. David has previously held senior leadership positions at Air2000, First Choice Airways, Thomson Airways, AstraZeneca, bmi, Fiji Airways Group, Cargo Logic Air and SalamAir
David holds a master’s degree in computer science and has extensive experience in information management and working to incorporate emerging technologies in organisational set-up.