Peter Scholten

By March 9, 2017
Peter Scholten
Senior Director - M&A
Specialities: Corporate Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trade Facilitation, Supply Chain / Logistics, Freight Management
Location: The Netherlands, Dubai – UAE

Peter brings more than 25+ years in the global air cargo and logistics industry. He is the founder of PAS Aviation Logistics. PAS Aviation Logistics is specialized in business transformation, mergers and acquisition for freight forwarding and aviation related companies.

Prior to PAS Aviation Logistics Peter was CEO of Fast Logistics Group based in Dubai. Leading the Fast Group of Companies which has a strong presence across UAEA, India, Africa and Far East. He led the merger of Fast Forward and First Priority to Fast Logistics in UAE and initiated the start of the group’s GSA company Aviation Solutions that globally represents SAFE Air Company and Etihad Cargo in Sharjah and Northern Emirates. Scholten was been instrumental in the forming of the joint venture in China with Cargo Services Far East and in restructuring the office network in Africa.

Prior to Fast Logistics, he served as VP Commercial of Saudia Cargo based in Jeddah, KSA since 2010. During his 4 ½ years at the airline, he was responsible for global sales, revenue management, marketing, network- and product development. Peter was instrumental in more than doubling the global air cargo volumes and making Saudia a well-recognized global brand in the top 20 of the air cargo industry.

During his time Saudia Cargo won multiple international industry awards from leading air cargo trade publications, established leading positions in the global market to Saudi Arabia and in the markets from Asia to West Africa, Kenya to Netherlands, Bangladesh to Europe, made Saudia Cargo a strong operator in the global ad hoc cargo charter market and introduced various new products: BellyFlex, OK-2-KSA and Pharma-2-World.

Prior to Saudia Cargo, he served 14 years for Martinair Holland in 5 senior executive roles and locations.
As VP & GM the Americas for Martinair based in Miami, USA, he was responsible for the freighter network of 20 destinations in North and Latin America – strengthening the market leading position of Martinair in Ecuador, Colombia, Miami whilst opening new markets in Brazil and Puerto Rico.

In 2007, Peter was appointed as interim CCO of Tampa Cargo (a Colombian cargo airline operating out of Medellin and Bogota with B767 freighters, majority owned by Martinair), turning around the company performance inside 6 months, delivering the highest profit in the airline’s 35-year history.

During his tenure as VP Asia Pacific of Martinair, based in Hong Kong in 2002-2006 he implemented an aggressive growth strategy for Hong Kong and China. He began new operations for the carrier to Chinese cities Nanjing and Tianjin. He was also responsible for creating a new Middle East hub for the carrier in Sharjah.

Between 2000 and 2002 Peter initiated and managed Kencargo Airlines – a joint venture between Kenya Airways, KLM and Martinair – in Nairobi. As Managing Director of Kencargo he was credited for creating a professional cargo organization that included a network of 30 destinations. In 2004 Kencargo was renamed as Kenya Airways Cargo.
Scholten began his career in Martinair as VP Europe & Africa in 1996. During this tenure he was based in Schiphol Airport and he built the European sales organisation covering 20 countries. In Africa he started up Martinair’s head quarters in Nairobi and made the cargo airline market leader in flower exports from Nairobi and Harare.
Between 1992 and 1996 was Managing Director of Road Air Flora, a leading freight forwarder in the perishable market in the Netherlands.

The bachelor degree holder in Transport Management, Peter Scholten is a Dutch national and is married with two children.