Forsyth had a 19 year career at John Menzies plc, including Chief Executive Officer, and President & Managing Director of Menzies Aviation until 2019, presiding over a record period of growth and profitability through a network of over 200 airport operations in over 30 countries.
The majority of Forsyth’s career at Menzies Aviation focused on strategy, commercial and operations, conceiving, opening and running several businesses and joint ventures, including all Menzies operations in Africa and India. He led the completion of the $202m acquisition of ASIG, the world’s largest into-plane fueller, from BBA plc including debt refinancing and leading a £75m rights issue, as well as successfully navigating the resulting UK Competition Commission enquiry.
He also had a stint as Managing Director of Menzies Distribution, one of the UK’s foremost logistics and delivery providers, transforming a structurally declining business to stability and growth, particularly in hard-to-reach areas of the North of Scotland, allowing John Menzies plc to subsequently divest the division for £75m to Endless LLP.
He holds a degree in Accounting from Napier University, is Qualified management accountant and holds an MBA from University of Edinburgh.
Before his career at Menzies, Forsyth worked for Sky TV, Boehringer Mannheim Pharmaceuticals (now part of Roche) and Marley plc.