NAC strengthens executive leadership team with four senior appointments

Regional aircraft leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), will strengthen its executive leadership team with the appointment of Mike Jones as EVP Global Marketing, David Farrell as EVP & Chief Risk Officer, Colin Joyce as EVP Marketing Operations and Ross McKeand as SVP Specialty Markets / Fleet Planning. Jones joins NAC with over 30 years of origination experience in the aviation industry at GPA and GECAS. His last position at GECAS was EVP Emerging Markets, where he led teams covering airline accounts across Asia, the Middle East/Africa/CIS and Latin America. He will have global responsibility for NAC’s airline marketing team Read more

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Ethan Steele promoted to SVP / General Manager of STS Engineering Solutions

Ethan Steele

STS Aviation Group (STS) has announced the promotion of Ethan Steele to Sr. Vice President / General Manager of STS Engineering Solutions. For the past 22 years, Steele has played a major role in STS Aviation Group’s growth and success as a key member of its business development unit. Moving forward, STS’ executive leaders have nothing but faith and confidence in Steele as he gears up to guide the future profitability of STS Engineering Solutions under the direction of Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Group’s MRO division. On the heels of Steele’s promotion, STS Engineering Solutions will see its former Sr. Read more

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TP Aerospace names Nikolaj Jacobsen as new CEO

Nicolay_Lei Jacobsen

Effective January 1, 2022, co-founder and CEO Peter Lyager will step down as executive director of TP Aerospace and transition to a non-executive position on the company’s Board of Directors. Nikolaj Jacobsen, who joined TP Aerospace as CFO in 2018, has been appointed new CEO of the company alongside President and co-founder Thomas Ibsø. Jacobsen has been with the company since 2018, first as CFO and for the last year as Group COO & CFO. Lyager will continue to be invested in TP Aerospace as continued co-owner and will transition to Non-Executive Director in the Board of Directors from where Read more

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JetBlue promotes Dave Clark to Head of Revenue and Planning

JetBlue has named Dave Clark to Head of Revenue and Planning. In his new role, Clark will oversee JetBlue’s network strategy, operational planning and analysis, and sales and revenue management. In addition, he will oversee JetBlue’s airline partnership portfolio – including the Northeast Alliance with American Airlines – as well as operational engineering and manpower planning. He will report to JetBlue President and Chief Operating Officer Joanna Geraghty. Since joining JetBlue in May 2009, Clark has lead teams across JetBlue’s commercial organization. Since February 2017, he has served as Vice President Sales and Revenue Management, where he has been responsible Read more

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Bill Polyi, Magellan Aviation Group President and CEO, to retire

Bill Polyi

Bill Polyi, Magellan Aviation Group President and CEO has announced that he will retire as of January 7, 2022. Company Chairman, Michimoto “Mitch” Asano will be taking over as Interim President and CEO upon Polyi’s departure to ensure Magellan Aviation Group’s commitment to its customers and partners continues to be of utmost priority. With roots dating back over 35 years, Magellan Aviation Group has become an internationally known provider of aftermarket aviation products and services to the commercial and regional airline industries. Magellan provides quality airframe and engine parts, aircraft and engine sales and leasing, as well as inventory management and consignment Read more

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ELFC appoints Richard Hough to Chief Operating Officer

Richard Hough

Engine Lease Finance Corporation (ELFC), one of the world’s leading independent spare engine leasing companies, has announced the appointment of Richard Hough to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Hough joined the company in 1997 and has held several positions of increasing responsibility within the technical department. In 2011 he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President Technical and in 2013 also assumed responsibility for the company’s IT function. Before joining ELFC in 1997 he spent seven years with Shannon Aerospace where he trained as an aircraft engineer. Hough is succeeded by Aoife Fennell who takes up the Read more

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Raft of changes in senior management positions at Lufthansa Group

Jens Ritter will become the new CEO of Lufthansa Airlines ©Lufthansa

Lufthansa Group, the holding company of German flag-carrying Lufthansa and owner and operator of Swiss International Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings has announced eight major changes in senior management roles within the group which will take effect between February 1 and April 1, 2022. Jens Ritter, currently a Member of the Executive Board and COO of Eurowings, will become the new CEO of Lufthansa Airlines on April 1, 2022, succeeding Klaus Froese. Froese is handing over his post after more than six years on the Executive Board of Lufthansa Airlines, most recently as CEO. Annette Mann, Read more

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Alexis von Hoensbroech named new CEO of WestJet Group

Alexis von Hoensbroech

The WestJet Group has released that Alexis von Hoensbroech will be appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the WestJet Group. The official start date for von Hoensbroech is subject to the timing of a successful immigration process, which is expected to be completed before the end of the first quarter of 2022. Harry Taylor, interim CEO, will continue in the role until that time and then resume his position as Executive Vice-President Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to accepting this role, von Hoensbroech served as CEO of Austrian Airlines, starting in 2018, where he led the airline through the Read more

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Delta to welcome Chief Sustainability Officer

Pamela Fletcher

Delta Air Lines will welcome a Chief Sustainability Officer in 2022, continuing its commitment to build a sustainable future for air travel. Pamela Fletcher will join Delta as Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer and will join the Delta Leadership Committee as the airline industry’s only C-Suite level CSO. In her new role, Fletcher will report directly to CEO Ed Bastian and will join the Delta Leadership Committee. She will begin February 1, 2022. In addition, Amelia DeLuca is being promoted to Vice President – Sustainability, reporting to Fletcher. DeLuca’s outstanding work leading Delta’s sustainability efforts over the past Read more

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Panasonic Avionics names Chris VandenBerg Chief Engineer, Software

Chris VandenBerg

Panasonic Avionics has appointed Chris VandenBerg as Chief Engineer (Software). In this role, he will be responsible for delivering the company’s highly complex, end-to-end software that redefines how airlines interact with their passengers onboard the aircraft. He will report to CTO, Joe Bentley and will lead a multi-disciplined and talented team of highly-skilled individuals across Panasonic Avionics’ global footprint. VandenBerg will also act as the company’s primary technical contact with its customers.

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