Austrian Airlines’ CFO Wolfgang Jani to leave the company

Wolfgang Jani, Chief Financial Officer of Austrian Airlines, will leave the company as at the end of August. He assumed the position of CFO and Member of the Executive Board in April 2018. Jani has taken the occasion of the successful conclusion of the coronavirus financing package to retire from his position on the airline. In the future he will devote himself to new projects and challenges outside of the Lufthansa Group. The vacant Management Board position with responsibility for “Finance” will not be filled. Instead, CCO Andreas Otto will take on the duties previously handled by Jani effective September Read more

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Michael Erfert to become new Head of Sales at Eurowings

Michael Erfert

Michael Erfert, currently ‘Head of Global Sales Steering, Products & Processes Hub Airlines Lufthansa Group, will join Eurowings as Head of Sales on August 15, 2020. In addition to his function as Head of Sales, Distribution and Digital at Eurowings, he will also become Managing Director of the Eurowings digital subsidiary. Erfert will be responsible for all sales activities of Eurowings and will be in charge of the implementation and further development of the Eurowings digital strategy. He succeeds Oliver Schmitt, who joined the Eurowings Management Board as Chief Commercial Officer in March.

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Boeing’s Senior VP of Communications resigns

Niel Golightly, Boeing’s Senior Vice President of Communications, has resigned after an employee complaint that brought to Boeing’s attention an article Golightly wrote in 1987 while serving in the military, about whether women should serve in combat.  Golightly said in a statement: “The article is not a reflection of who I am; but nonetheless I have decided that in the interest of the company I will step down.” Boeing has initiated a search for his successor.  In the interim, the communications function will report to Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of enterprise operations and Chief Financial Officer until a permanent Read more

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Tor-Arne Fosser joins Norwegian as Executive Vice President Airline Ecosystem

Tor-Arne Fosser

Tor-Arne Fosser will join Air Shuttle ASA, trading as Norwegian, as Executive Vice President (EVP) Airline Ecosystem from October 1, 2020. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Telenor Denmark. Fosser has worked over 16 years for Telenor, where he was also Senior Vice President for Marketing in the Telenor Group. He is now returning to Norway after almost two years in Copenhagen working as Chief Marketing Officer for the consumer market. Fosser will take over from Brede Huser, who was appointed interim head of the Airline Ecosystem in June 2020.

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IAI CEO is stepping down

Nimrod Sheffer

The CEO of Israel Aerospace Industries, Major-General (Ret.) Nimrod Sheffer, announced on July 1, 2020 that he is stepping down following two years as the company’s CEO and six months as VP of strategic planning. Sheffer joined IAI as VP of Strategic Planning two and a half years ago after 36 years of military service as a combat pilot in the air force. In his last capacity in IDF, he served as head of the Planning Division. During his term as IAI CEO, Sheffer has introduced a series of reforms and transformations and has drafted a growth strategy and a Read more

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Thorsten Dirks to leave Lufthansa

Thorsten Dirks

Thorsten Dirks will withdraw from the company’s Executive Board on the occasion of the successful conclusion of the governmental stabilization measure. He was most recently responsible for the areas Digitalization and Finance. Thorsten Dirks was appointed to the Executive Board in May 2017. The Executive Board division “Digitalization and Finance” will temporarily be assigned to the area of responsibility of CEO Carsten Spohr.

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JetHQ expands to support Latin American growth

Gabriela Perez de Leon

JetHQ continues its global aircraft expansion, adding an experienced aviation professional to meet the needs of clients in Mexico and Latin America. The aircraft transaction and brokerage company has announced that Gabriela Perez de Leon has joined the team as Sales Director, based in and overseeing Mexico. She will work with Vice President of Sales Chris Morales, who currently covers Latin America. Perez de Leon has worked in aviation for 20 years, the last 15 of which as the principal of Mondo Aereo, an executive aviation services company located in Toluca, Mexico.

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Air bp appoints Martin Thomsen as new CEO

Martin Thomsen

Air bp has announced that Martin Thomsen will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, Air bp, on July 1, 2020. He will succeed Jon Platt, who has successfully led the business since 2016 and who will retire from bp later this year after a distinguished career spanning over 30 years. Thomsen has been with bp for 15 years and has held several positions across the downstream business. He joins Air bp from his previous position as retail director and fuels country integrator for Austria, Switzerland and Turkey. Martin’s previous roles include fuels general manager Turkey, retail operations manager Spain, Read more

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Airbus names Rémi Maillard President of Airbus India and Head of South Asia

Rémi Maillard

Airbus has appointed Rémi Maillard as President of Airbus India and Managing Director of South Asia region, effective September 1, 2020. Maillard, currently Head of Airbus Services, will succeed Anand Stanley who will move to Singapore as President, Airbus Asia-Pacific. Both will report directly to Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International of Airbus. In his new role, Maillard will lead Airbus’ business in South Asia. He will be responsible for commercial aircraft sales and business development, and he will manage Airbus’ regional footprint, which includes engineering, innovation, customer support and services as well as training. He will Read more

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DRA – Deutsche Regional Aircraft appoints Jose Costas VP Aircraft Sales

Josen Costas

As part of the ongoing development of its senior leadership team, DRA and sister company 328 Support Services GmbH, have appointed Jose Costas as the company’s vice president of aircraft sales. Leveraging his significant aviation industry experience, Costas is responsible for all aircraft sales, including that of the D328eco™ aircraft and legacy D328® aircraft, as well as marketing and customer experience. Costas brings to DRA 20 years of experience in the global aviation industry. Most recently, Costas held senior positions with Embraer S.A. in both the company’s Commercial and Executive branches. Costas was responsible for sales, contracts management and aircraft Read more

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