Jesse V. Crews joins Willis Lease Finance senior management team

Willis Lease Finance Corporation reported that Jesse V. Crews will join the company as Chief Operating Officer on July 29, 2009. Crews spent 26 years with GATX Corporation, where he served as President and CEO of GATX Capital Corporation, a diversified equipment leasing company with approximately $3.5 billion in assets and $5 billion in managed third party assets. Over the past five years, he served as a managing director for Fortress Investment Group, an equity investment firm with approximately $30 billion of funds under management.

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Triumph Group names Jeffry D. Frisby President and COO

Triumph Group announced that Jeffry D. Frisby, Group President, Triumph Aerospace Systems Group, has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company. Richard C. Ill, currently President and Chief Executive Officer, has been appointed Chairman and will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Triumph Group. David Kornblatt, currently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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Ron LeMay new President and CEO of Aircell

Aircell announced the transition of Ron LeMay from Chairman of the Board to President and CEO of the company. Jack Blumenstein, current President and CEO, will assume the position of Chairman of the Board. Aircell has experienced dramatic growth over the past few years since winning its exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006. Mr. Blumenstein has overseen the development of the Aircell Network and Gogo Inflight Internet service, as well as Aircell’s airline partnerships, which represent the majority of the U.S. commercial aviation market.

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John Tague new President of United Airlines

UAL Corporation the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, announced that John Tague has been named president of United Airlines. Tague continues in his role as executive vice president of UAL Corporation and also serves on the Executive Council of the corporation. Kathryn Mikells has been named executive vice president of UAL Corporation, and continues in her role as chief financial officer

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Jean-Paul Herteman elected Gifas Chairman

Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman of the Safran group, was elected Chairman at the annual general meeting of the French aerospace industries association Gifas, held on 9 July 2009. Jean-Paul Herteman succeeds Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, who was elected in 2005 and whose mandate came to its statutory end this year.

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Jeff Smisek to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines reported that Jeff Smisek, Continental’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors, will become chairman and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2010. Smisek will succeed Larry Kellner who has decided to return to private equity at year-end after 14 years with Continental, the last five of them as chairman and CEO.

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Stefan Lauer appointed as Chairman of bmi's Board of Directors

Stefan Lauer, CEO Group Airlines and Corporate Human Resources at Deutsche Lufthansa AG, has been appointed with effect from 1 July 2009 as Chairman of the Board of Directors of British Midland PLC (bmi). He will take over the position from Sir Michael Bishop who is leaving the Board. Also J

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