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Daniel Kunz - Partner

DanielBorn and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Daniel Kunz from childhood harboured such a deep passion for aircraft that it was hardly surprising his business career was launched on the back of those early dreams to one day immerse himself professionally in the aviation industry.

Studying Business Sciences at Zurich University and graduating with a Master of Arts (MA), Daniel was quick to take advantage of his management education and love and knowledge of aircraft and aviation by accepting an offer from Winterthur Insurance to join them as an Underwriter in their Aviation Insurance Department. Guiding aviation business clients in the selection of best suited and often very complex insurance coverage honed Daniel’s sales and negotiation skills, strengthened his product and industry regulatory knowledge and provided him the perfect foundation upon which to cement his interest in and determination to carve out a career in business and general aviation, in the first instance leading to an invitation by Swiss aircraft management company, Avcon AG, to join them as their Zurich based Deputy Flight Operations Director.

Following the acquisition of Avcon by the ExecuJet Aviation Group, Daniel’s operational and business development responsibilities expanded rapidly in recognition by ExecuJet of their need to quickly exploit his talent and experience as a now seasoned business aviation operations practitioner and aviation business strategist. Daniel’s achievements during this period of difficult transition for ExecuJet were rewarded when he was appointed by the Group as Flight Operations Director Europe, a key strategic and tactical senior management position placing him in operational and regulatory compliance command of 80+ business aircraft across the Continent and responsibility for the Group’s aircraft-owner relationships and managing and meeting aircraft owner revenue generating and/or cost management expectations.

Daniel’s commercial business skills and European aviation regulatory and general industry knowledge perfectly positioned him for his move in 2005 to Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.’s Commercial Aircraft Sales business unit in Stans (Switzerland), his promotion thereafter to Head of Sales & Marketing PC-12 and his ultimate appointment as Programme Manager - Sales & Marketing for the PC-24 at the internal launch of this very exciting light business jet project. Daniel’s PC-24 product definition and market price point positioning work and his leadership contribution to product launch planning and execution coupled with his energetic promotion globally of the product rewarded Pilatus with orders for 84 aircraft, the equivalent of three years of planned PC-24 production.

In January 2015 Daniel took advantage of his 20 years experience in corporate to found and incorporate Indigo Lyon Switzerland AG and, out of offices in Zurich, start building sales and acquisitions and related aviation consultancy opportunities for the global Indigo Lyon aircraft sales and technology-focused business development and management consultancy franchise out of its first dedicated business base on continental Europe.