Nordic Aviation Capital appoints Norman C.T. Liu as incoming President

Norman C.T. Liu

Regional aircraft lessor Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) has appointed Norman C.T. Liu as its new President, effective immediately. Liu is a highly accomplished global aviation executive, having been President of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) between 2009 and 2016, and its Chairman in 2016. The company has also made substantial progress in its restructuring with agreement reached on the outline terms of a framework with its largest creditor groups. The framework envisages a comprehensive restructuring of the company’s debt obligations (including the conversion of a substantial amount of the group’s debt to equity) and the provision of US$500 million of Read more

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IAG Cargo powers up its customer experience team with new leadership appointments

Pat Dobie and George Efkolodis

IAG Cargo, the cargo division of International Airlines Group (IAG), has announced new key customer-focused appointments to its leadership team. Pat Dobie, previously Chief Transformation Officer, is appointed Chief Customer and Infrastructure Officer. George Efkolodis joins the business as Head of Customer Experience, with over 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry. These appointments underline the business‘s ‘always moving’ mantra and its commitment to ensuring customers are at the heart of the business. They will focus on the end-to-end customer experience as the business continues to increase capacity on its network whilst offering cargo-only services and its popular charter product. Read more

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Juan Gutierrez joins Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems

Juan Gutierrez

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems has reported that Juan Gutierrez (Commander, USN retired) has joined its government operations team as Director of Government Business Development. Gutierrez brings a solid military operations business development, and naval test pilot background to Stevens including time as an H-60 Pilot/Officer in Charge/Maintenance Department Head completing multiple overseas deployments; H-60 Government Flight Test Director/IPT Lead/Program Manager/Test lead/H-60 Project Officer with NAVAIR; and Chief of Staff/JSF Program Manager DCMA Europe. Following his military career, he worked with Physical Optics Corporation as VP of Business Development overseeing U.S. Army Aviation, U.S. Air Force, and SOCOM customer bases.

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ATR appoints Guillaume Daudin as Senior Vice-President Programs

Guillaume Daudin

Guillaume Daudin has been appointed Senior Vice-President Programs of ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer. As of September 1, 2021, Daudin reports directly to ATR’s CEO, Stefano Bortoli, and joins the company’s Executive Committee. Daudin will head a brand new independent “Programs” directorate with the goal to orchestrate and synchronize the various functions of ATR (engineering, operations, procurement, etc.) to ensure end-to-end integration and consistency to deliver company objectives. This includes being responsible for new aircraft developments and in-service continuous improvements projects, configuration management, overall integrated planning, fulfilling customer orders, financial costing, and company business performance. He joined ATR from Airbus Read more

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Boeing appoints Ziad Ojakli to head government operations

The Boeing Company has named Ziad S. Ojakli as the company’s executive vice president of government operations effective October 1, 2021. In this role, Ojakli will lead Boeing’s public policy efforts, serve as chief lobbyist for the global enterprise, and oversee Boeing Global Engagement, the company’s global philanthropic organization. He will report to Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun and will serve on the company’s Executive Council. In this role, Ojakli succeeds Marc Allen, Boeing’s Chief Strategy Officer, who has served as interim executive vice president of Government Operations since this past June. Most recently, Ojakli served as the managing Read more

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Chapman Freeborn appoints Zori Marshall as Chief Legal Officer

Zori Marshall

Chapman Freeborn, a global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Zori Marshall, with over a decade of experience in corporate and commercial law, as new Chief Legal Officer (CLO). Born in Bulgaria, growing up in Angola, Zori Marshall has a passion for languages, international travel and corporate/commercial law. With a strong educational background, Marshall graduated from the University of Toulouse, France with a Bachelor’s Degree in International, European and Comparative Law, followed by a Master’s in International Business Law and, more recently, she completed her Master’s Degree at The University of Liverpool – Master of Read more

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Nasmyth Group appoints Stuart Fyfe as Chief Financial Officer

Stuart Fyfe

Nasmyth Group has appointed Stuart Fyfe as the Group’s new Chief Financial Officer. Fyfe has a wealth of experience having spent the past six-years as Group Financial Director for an international company, managing a portfolio of brands which develop, design, install, service, maintain and manufacture products and solutions for the HVAC sector. As part of a successful two-man Executive Leadership Team where they profitability doubled the size of the business through acquisition and organic growth, Fyfe led the International Finance, HR and IT Teams delivering strong and effective corporate governance in order to enhance performance and manage business risk. Peter Read more

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IATA appoints Philip Goh to Regional Vice President Asia-Pacific

Philip Goh

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has appointed Philip Goh as its Regional Vice President for Asia-Pacific. Goh succeeds Conrad Clifford, who has been IATA’s Deputy Director General since July 1, 2021. Goh is a 34-year veteran of the airline industry. He has held various senior management roles at Singapore Airlines in Singapore and overseas, at Virgin Atlantic Airways in London, and has extensive experience working throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Most recently, he was Regional Vice President for the South-West Pacific for Singapore Airlines, based in Sydney. Reporting to the IATA Deputy Director General, Goh will lead IATA’s activities across Read more

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ECS Group appoints Adrien Thominet to Executive Chairman

Adrien Thominet

CEO Adrien Thominet has recently been appointed to Executive Chairman of ECS Group, succeeding Bertrand Schmoll. He took over the Executive Chairman role on 01 August 2021. Adrien Thominet has been with ECS Group for more than 25 years, becoming its COO in 2011 and then CEO in 2017. Over the past four years, ECS Group has seen enormous development, both in network and client-base growth, as well as in innovation and technology. The world’s largest integrated GSSA which is driven by its credo to be “more than a GSSA”, has worked to disrupt and reinvent the traditional GSA concept, Read more

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JetBlue names Ursula Hurley Chief Financial Officer

Ursula Hurley

JetBlue has announced the appointment of Ursula Hurley to Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Hurley, a 17-year veteran of the airline, has served as acting CFO since June 2021. As CFO, Hurley will be responsible for JetBlue’s overall financial strategy including accounting, audit, aircraft and engine transactions, cash management, corporate finance, fuel, and tax. She will also oversee the company’s real estate and strategic sourcing units and will continue reporting to Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s chief executive. “Ursula has done an incredible job leading us through the pandemic,” said Hayes. “With a steady hand, she’s raised capital to allow us to Read more

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