Alyssum Group names new chairman

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General aviation investment company Alyssum Group has appointed Jan van Dokkum as its chairman.

Van Dokkum has 30 years of experience in launching new technologies and businesses across a wide range of global industries.

He joins Alyssum Group from Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer, where he was an operating partner for nearly a decade. Here, he worked closely with partners including green tech startups to help them scale and commercialize.

His experience will help the group pursue its long-term strategic plan to facilitate major, consolidating change across the general aviation industry.

Clive Jackson, founder and CEO of Alyssum Group, commented, “I am thrilled to welcome Jan as chairman. His background in developing rapid-growth businesses will prove invaluable as we look to secure fresh growth capital this year, build out the team, and expand our portfolio of general aviation companies – both in Europe and the USA.

“This drives our long-term plan of creating a digital marketplace to serve the entire private jet community. I look forward to Jan’s counsel, creativity and leadership in helping us reach our goals.”

Alyssum Group, which owns Victor and RocketRoute, intends to build a digital booking and settlement (GDS) platform to better match charter needs to supply.

Leveraging the combined data of its acquired businesses to better forecast and better focus buying power, the company aims to reduce costs, improve margins, increase transparency and efficiency, and provide all private aviation stakeholders – customers, brokers, operators and suppliers – with a good service.

Commenting on his appointment, van Dokkum said, “Alyssum Group is an extremely exciting opportunity where I can put my experience of scaling dynamic businesses, commercializing innovation and exceeding customer expectations to effective use.

“I look forward to working with Clive and the wider Alyssum Group team to deliver a powerful digital strategy that will automate and transform general aviation; [which is]a fragmented industry where opaque, offline and inefficient charter booking is still sadly prevalent.”

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