ADB SafeGate has announced that Alexander Herring (vice president – Africa) passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, following a brief period of illness.
Born in Wipperfürth, Germany in 1969, Herring grew up between Belgium and Germany – studying in both countries. After completing dual degrees in law and in business administration, he discovered his love for Africa.
Over the course of 20+ years, Herring built a successful career working in sales and business development. Passionate about aviation and its influence on social and economic development, he served as a private sector liaison specialist with the World Bank. Until the end, he was vice-president of the Belgian Chamber of Commerce for Africa and Overseas. Eager to mediate and bring people and cultures together, he was involved in the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) during his student days.
A strong advocate of aviation, Herring lent his voice on various issues shaping the sector. He was a guest speaker at various industry forums and also contributed to various publications. “Aviation is an amazing, highly interesting and exciting environment – challenging at all times, and requiring my full attention by being a constant learning process. When it comes to business, I believe that nothing is impossible,” he shared in his author profile on the ADB SafeGate blog.
Prior to his passing, he held the dual role of vice president – Africa for ADB SafeGate Group and managing director of the company’s African entity – ADB SafeGate in South Africa. With his profound knowledge of the market and dynamic personality, Herring built strong relationships. The company praised Herring as a highly valued business partner and colleague, and an excellent representative of the group. ADB SafeGate also said his work was his passion in the truest sense of the word, and his home.
ADB SafeGate has said that Herring will be sorely missed and remembered very fondly by all those who were lucky enough to have known him. The ADB SafeGate team wishes his family and friends strength during this very sad time.