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Robert A. Jensen

Robert A. Jensen is the Chairman and Co-Owner of Kenyon International Emergency Services. He joined Kenyon in 1998, after service as US Military Officer. His career has been spent restoring order and leading transitional change after crisis for blue chip companies and governments. He leads Kenyon, a 110+ year-old multi national corporation, retained by over 600 leading businesses and governments. Kenyon provides crisis management response and consulting services to these organizations representing the transportation, hospitality, tourism, natural resource, education, and financial sectors as well as government agencies tasked with looking after their citizens at home and abroad.

Robert leads CEOs, Boards of Directors, and government officials through the practical areas of response and recovery - the legal, humanitarian and communications challenges. He focuses on the transition of people, leadership and organizations from what was normal to the new normal, in the process preserving and recovering share value, reputation and market position.

He has directed and been involved in response and recovery efforts for numerous international large-scale crises, typically terrorist attacks, criminal and civil investigations, natural disasters, and countless transportation accidents – most involving large scale loss of life. These have included complex events such as bombings in Oklahoma City, the UN Headquarters in Baghdad, Bali nightclubs, the 9/11 attacks, seizure of the In Amenas gas plant, the Tunis beach attacks, the Boxing Day Tsunami, the Haitian Earthquake, and multiple large scale aircraft, rail, and maritime disasters.

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Brandon Jones

Brandon D. Jones joined Kenyon in 2013 as a partner and joint owner. He leads an international corporation that provides disaster management services to air, maritime and rail interests as well as a local, state and national governments. Brandon brings extensive business experience from the private corporate sector, has managed multiple acquisitions and mergers, change management initiatives and company reorganizations. He drives programs and initiatives that best position Kenyon for strategic, targeted growth with a continued focus on meeting the needs for current clients and partners.

Brandon deploys with Kenyon as needed to work on behalf of clients during a crisis. His operational experience includes several mass fatality accidents, coordinating information sharing and communications between clients and various local and national government agencies involved.

Simon Hardern

Simon Hardern joined Kenyon in July 2018 as Vice President, Operations and CEO Elect, taking on the CEO role from 1 January 2019. As such, Simon spent his first few months understudying Robert A. Jensen in order to learn every aspect of what Kenyon does to ensure its small Permanent Staff, Associates and thousands of Team Members continue to support the Company's clients with the high-quality, generally unsurpassed and sincere service that it is well-known for around the globe.

Before joining Kenyon, Simon spent 34 years in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and retired as a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy in July 2018. His early years were spent almost exclusively at sea, including periods in the Caribbean supporting the British Overseas Territories with disaster relief operations and sailing across the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. Mid-career, he drove two warships, deploying with both across the globe focusing on defence diplomacy activities and operational missions. From 2004 onwards, Simon was engaged at the joint service and civilian interface; this included a period of overseeing support to injured military personnel and the families of those killed in action. For much of the past eight years, he was based in either Belgium or the Netherlands working in high profile NATO appointments.

A specialist in the development of strategy, the shaping of coherent policy and the efficient conduct of complex operations, most importantly for Kenyon he has a reputation for effective leadership, an energetic spirit, strong planning credentials and the ability to think and act on his feet. Notably, Simon has always gained the respect of others by demonstrating integrity, discretion and the necessary resilience whilst dealing with demanding situations.

Conor Prendergast

Conor Prendergast joined Kenyon as Vice President, Commercial Services in October 2017, transitioning to the role of Chief Operating Officer in January 2019. Having worked in various senior aviation industry roles for over 30 years, Conor brings significant knowledge and experience to the role. His primary responsibilities involve managing Kenyon’s support services, including finance and accounting, human resources, information technology, facilities, risk/legal management, and supporting the wider business.

His airline career started in the UK with Lufthansa where he held a number of finance management roles. Conor worked on change and innovation projects as the airline went through re-structuring pre and post privatization and on collaborative assignments with airline partners. He also provided support to new intra-group companies.

As regional head of the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Industry Distribution and Financial Services division in the UK and Ireland, he oversaw the IATA travel agency accreditation program and the billing and financial settlement operations between airlines and travel agents for airline ticket sales. His role then developed to one in which, as head of the UK, he came to represent and promote the IATA across all of its divisions, services, and products.

Most recently, Conor worked with Arik Air as COO for its international operations and additionally, at various times, had oversight for commercial, HR, expatriate management recruitment, key supply-chain engagement and industry affairs. He was the airline’s delegate to IATA AGMs.

Conor’s financial, operational, commercial and HR experience in the aviation sector brings a complementarity to the substantial experience set within the Kenyon senior team.

Mark Oliver

Mark Oliver, known as Mo, joined Kenyon as a Team Member in 2014 before becoming Vice President, Operations in November 2018. Mark is responsible for Kenyon’s field operations and services, training and consultancy, as well as Team Member management.

Prior to joining Kenyon, Mark spent 30 years in police service across the United Kingdom. As a Senior Investigating Officer, he served in homicide investigation, serious and organised crime and counter terrorism. As a UK DVI Commander, he was the lead Senior Identification Manager for Humberside Police and the North East region and sat on the National Policing Disaster Victim Identification Steering Group.

Mark was also a member of the team that developed the Dundee Advanced DVI Course and holds a Post Graduate Certificate with Distinction in DVI. From 2007 to 2014 he developed and contributed to many of the DVI training and operational response plans for the UK, delivering training at all levels with police, local authorities, forensic medical practitioners and Coroners.

As a Kenyon Team Member, he has assisted with Kenyon’s response to Germanwings, EgyptAir, Emirates, Grenfell and, in October, with Air Niugini in many different roles, including data management, family assistance, repatriations, personal effects processing and as a Senior Incident Director.


Mazen Bekdash

Dr. Mazen Bekdash has been with Kenyon since April 2010. He has served as Vice President of Commercial Services since 2016, responsible for managing all of Kenyon's business programs. Mazen began his career at Kenyon serving as the Regional Manager for the Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent, where he continues to lead the Kenyon regional office located in Beirut, Lebanon. His first deployment with Kenyon was to Tripoli in Libya following an aircraft accident in May 2010. Since then, Mazen has gained a supporting operations role in the region.

Prior to joining Kenyon, Mazen held the position of Senior Manager Technical at the Arab Air Carriers Organization where he was instrumental in coordinating safety and emergency response projects for 24 member airlines.

Mazen also worked for Emirates, Qatar Airways, and the Lebanese Air Transport Association in Marketing, Quality Assurance, Training and Emergency Response Planning. He is a Management lecturer at several universities in Lebanon.

Mazen recently recieved his Doctorate in Management at Toulouse Business school. Additionally, he holds an MBA Degree in Aerospace Management from ESC-Toulouse, a BSc. in Business Studies from the Lebanese American University, a Diploma in Aviation Security Management from Edith Cowan University and Emirates Aviation College, an IATA Diploma in Airline Studies and is a certified Aviation Security Professional Manager by ICAO and Concordia University. He is also an IATA Certified Professional Trainer and a Member of Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS).

Sean Gates

Sean Gates is regarded by many as the best aviation lawyer in the world. In 2013, he retired from aerospace niche law firm Gates and Partners and is now a non-practicing solicitor. As Senior Vice President of Legal Services, Sean is available as part of Kenyon’s Legal Advisory Service, providing expert opinion and legal counsel in the immediate aftermath of an accident to Kenyon retained clients world wide.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Sean has acted for airlines and their insurers as lead counsel in the aftermath of a significant number of aviation disasters. Since 1998, Sean has been the Legal Adviser to the International Union of Aviation Insurers (IUAI), an organization comprised of the world's leading aviation insurers. Sean also shares his expertise as Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Air Transport Association (BATA) and as Legal Counsel of the European Regions Airlines Association (ERAA).