Ian Hilton joins C&L Aerospace as Director of Business Development for Europe/Africa

Ian Hilton

C&L Aerospace has hired Ian Hilton as Director of Business Development for Europe/Africa specializing in ERJ 135/145 and ATR 42-72 aircraft and PW127 and PW127M engines. Hilton has over 20 years of aviation experience consisting of parts sales, inventory management, procurement, logistics and PBH program management. Most recently, Hilton was Director of ATR Products for AAR Aviation Services and Commercial Director at ACLAS Global. Hilton will utilize his extensive product knowledge and inventory management background to support customers in getting the right aircraft parts efficiently and at the right price. 

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Tomi Pienimäki to succeed Katri Harra-Salonen as Chief Digital Officer at Finnair

Katri Harra-Salonen, Finnair’s Chief Digital Officer (CDO), will leave the company, and Tomi Pienimäki (Dr.Tech, MSc.Econ), has been appointed as Finnair Chief Digital Officer and a member of the Finnair Executive Board. Harra-Salonen will leave her position on September 30, 2019, and Pienimäki will start in his new role on October 1, 2019. Pienimäki currently serves as a member of the Board in Aallon Group. Previously, he served as the CEO of Vincit and Jolla, and as the Chief Information Officer of Itella and Hackmann.

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Contrail appoints Mark Shaw Vice President of Regional Marketing – EMEA

Mark Shaw

Contrail Aviation Support, a worldwide supplier of surplus and aftermarket commercial jet engine components as well as asset leasing and acquisitions, has appointed commercial aircraft marketing executive Mark Shaw, who has 35 years of industry experience, as Vice President of Regional Marketing – EMEA of Contrail Aviation Leasing. In his new role, Shaw will be responsible for airline marketing, business development strategy and revenue-generation initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. These initiatives include targeting mid-life/end-of-life narrow-body A320/B737 family aircraft and associated engine assets for acquisition — either naked or with leases attached.  Most recently, Shaw served as Read more

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Delta Cargo appoints Vice President of Cargo Operations and Logistics

Rob Walpole ©Chris Rank

Delta Cargo has appointed Rob Walpole as Vice President – Cargo Operations and Logistics. This new position, reporting to Shawn Cole, will see Walpole lead Delta Cargo’s global operations and Delta Logistics Control Center teams. Walpole comes to Delta Cargo from DP World, a Dubai-based global port operator, where he served as Chief Operating Officer – Global Logistics and Supply Chain. He also served as Chief Executive Officer at Schenker, an integrated logistics service provider.

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West Star Aviation announces retirement of Robert Rasberry

Bob Rasberry

After nearly 20 years, Robert (Bob) Rasberry, Chairman of the Board, is retiring from West Star Aviation.  Rasberry will continue with West Star’s Board of Directors as Chairman Emeritus and join Norwest Equity Partners (NEP), a middle-market equity investment firm and parent of West Star Aviation, as a Senior Advisor supporting NEP’s continued interest in aviation-related investment Rasberry in collaboration with his co-founders, Sam Haycraft, Jim Swehla and Mike Durst, acquired the small MRO, Premier Air Center, in East Alton, IL in 2002.  West Star Aviation in Grand Junction, CO was added in 2005, and ultimately, the companies were united Read more

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ATSG elects Richard Corrado as President

Richard F. Corrado

Air Transport Services Group has announced that its Board of Directors has elected Richard F. Corrado, currently chief operating officer, as president of the aircraft leasing and air transport services company, effective September 16, 2019. As president, Corrado will be responsible for goal-setting and oversight of all ATSG businesses. Joseph C. Hete remains chief executive officer and a director of ATSG. The Board also elected Edward J. Koharik III as chief operating officer of ATSG, succeeding Corrado, effective September 16, 2019. He was most recently senior vice president of FlightSafety International in New York City. As COO, Koharik will take Read more

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HAECO Group appoints new CEO

HAECO has appointed Frank Walschot as Chief Executive Officer with effect from December 1, 2019. With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, Walschot is a recognized industry leader and aviation executive, most recently as Chief Executive Officer at SR Technics. He has previously worked in the aviation MRO industry in Europe, the United States, Singapore, and Mainland China.

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Dragon Aviation Capital appoints Derek Meikle as Head of Business Development

Dragon Aviation Capital (DAC) has welcome Derek Meikle as Head of Business Development. Meikle brings with him close to 30 years’ experience in the industry primarily focused on leasing, transaction structure and asset management. He has a keen understanding of complex aircraft and engine transactions including lease / finance and maintenance provisions and has partaken in lease transactions in Asia, Europe and the CIS, in addition to advising and managing aircraft acquisition on behalf of startup airlines, fleet planning, aircraft management in service and end-of-life planning.

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SR Technics appoints new CEO

Jean-Marc Lenz

MRO service provider SR Technics has appointed Jean-Marc Lenz as new Chief Executive Officer with effect from September 6, 2019. He succeeds Frank Walschot, who has decided to take up a new opportunity in the aviation industry. Jean-Marc Lenz and Frank Walschot have been working side by side for many years, as Lenz has played an active role in business operations, quality and safety and Lean CI. Walschot will remain available until the end of November this year to support the transition. With over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry, most recently as Chief Operating Officer and Accountable Read more

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Jet Parts Engineering adds two new members to its sales team

Jet Parts Engineering (JPE) has added two new members to its Sales team: Daniel Taylor, Sales Manager, and Yu Chin Teo, Sales Director for Asia-Pacific. Daniel Taylor has extensive experience in the aviation industry, having roles as technician, inside sales, project line manager, and outside sales. Prior to joining Jet Parts Engineering, Taylor worked for Zodiac Aerospace and Wencor. He is based in Atlanta, GA. Yu Chin Teo comes to Jet Parts Engineering with a broad background, having previously worked in PMA sales, supply chain/production planning with TP Aerospace, and material planning with Singapore Aero Engine Services. He is based Read more

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