Goodrich appoints President, Engine Control and Electrical Power Systems

Goodrich Corporation has appointed Bob Yancey as President of its Engine Control and Electrical Power Systems business unit. Yancey, formerly President of the Engine Components business, will report to Curtis Reusser, Segment President, Electronic Systems. Yancey replaces Mike Gardiner who now leads Aero Engine Controls, the joint venture formed by Goodrich and Rolls-Royce.

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Virgin America's CFO to step down in 2009

Virgin America released that Robert B. Dana, its founding Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer, will step down in early 2009. Mr. Dana cited personal reasons for his decision, particularly the challenges of the transcontinental weekly commute from the New York area that he has conducted since the Company moved its corporate headquarters from Manhattan to Burlingame, California in 2005.

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Boeing restructures commercial airplanes organizations

Boeing announced a series of executive leadership changes and a restructuring within Boeing Commercial Airplanes to better align resources across its development and production programs and strengthen oversight of its global supply chain. Effective immediately, Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management, Fabrication, Propulsion Systems and the Manufacturing and Quality functional organization are part of a new organization, called Supply Chain Management and Operations, led by Ray Conner. Conner has extensive experience in program leadership and manufacturing and supply chain management. He most recently was vice president of Sales for Commercial Airplanes. All current production and development programs, including the 787 Dreamliner and Read more

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Paul Theofan new President and Managing Executive of GE Aviation Czech

Paul Theofan has been named president and managing executive of GE Aviation Czech. In this role, Theofan will be responsible for general oversight of Aviation’s Czech business, including the design, manufacturing, marketing and support of Walter Aircraft Engines. Theofan has spent more than 20 years at Unison Industries, which was acquired by GE in 2002. He began his Unison career as a Quality Engineer and has held additional leaderships roles in Sales and Manufacturing.

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Brad Tilden elected Alaska Airlines' president

Brad Tilden has been elected president of Alaska Airlines. Previously Alaska Air Group’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and planning, Tilden will oversee the airline’s operating divisions and marketing, in addition to retaining responsibility for network planning and revenue management. Replacing Tilden as chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance for Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines is Glenn Johnson, formerly Alaska Airlines’ executive vice president of customer service — airports and maintenance and engineering. In addition to leading the company’s finance organization, he will oversee information technology, strategic planning and corporate real estate. Read more

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Chaker A. Chahrour named new CFM International Executive Vice President

Chaker Chahrour has been named the new executive vice president of CFM International, effective February 1, 2009. Mr. Chahrour is replacing Bill Clapper, who will be on special assignment as he transitions to retirement later in 2009. As part of the CFM Executive Team, Mr. Chahrour will serve as the primary interface between General Electric and Snecma. Along with his counterpart at Snecma, he will be responsible for overseeing CFM56 program management, marketing and sales, communications, and after-sales support

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StandardAero names Claude Chidiac Business Development Leader

Standard Aero has appointed Claude Chidiac to the position of Vice President Business Development for Business Aviation based in Tempe, Ariz. Chidiac will be responsible for developing a sustainable long-term strategy for the business aviation sector and for creating innovative approaches to growing existing products and services. Prior to joining StandardAero, Chidiac was Program Management Office vice president for Bombardier Aerospace and most recently was managing director for Grob Aerospace.

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