Donaldson welcomes Rotorcraft Account Executive Vince Testa to Aerospace & Defense team

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, has hired Vince Testa as Senior Account Executive for Rotorcraft. Testa will be responsible for growing domestic and international rotorcraft OEM sales for Donaldson Aerospace & Defense. “Vince brings a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Lars Hesbjerg, Sales Director, Aerospace & Defense. “His understanding of his customers’ needs, business acumen and technical aptitude for promoting sales and profitability within the aerospace market will help Donaldson grow and strengthen relationships with leading helicopter OEMs, further solidifying Donaldson’s position in the rotorcraft market.”

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WestJet appoints new Chief Commercial Officer

Arved von zur Muehlen

WestJet has appointed Arved von zur Muehlen to the position of Chief Commercial Officer. Arved joins WestJet on January 2, 2019, subject to Canadian Immigration approval. Reporting to President and CEO, Ed Sims, Arved will lead WestJet’s commercial team with responsibility for all aspects of the commercial function including sales, marketing, product, network planning, revenue management, corporate development, airline partnerships and WestJet Vacations. Arved brings more than 20 years of commercial aviation experience to WestJet and will be joining the airline from Malaysia Airlines, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the sales, revenue management, network planning, marketing Read more

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Aireon adds new executive team member

Aireon has released that Peter Cabooter has joined the executive team, fulfilling a newly created position, Vice President of Customer Affairs. In this role, Cabooter will lead Aireon’s program to support existing customers around the world and developing new relationships with Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) currently not subscribed to the AireonSM service. In addition to Cabooter’s new executive role, Cyriel Kronenburg, Aireon’s Vice President of Aviation Services, will now take on the responsibilities to lead Aireon’s regulatory, marketing, product development, commercial data services and partner development activities.

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LCI strengthens team with major technical and legal hires

Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, has further strengthened its operation with the appointments of John Gumulak as Technical Director and Eric Sherlock as Legal Counsel. John Gumulak joins LCI from Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WHRS) in Australia, where he oversaw the continued airworthiness of Westpac’s fleet of AW139 helicopters and was the chief point of liaison for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) including Leonardo Helicopters on all technical matters. As Technical Director based at LCI’s Singapore office, Gumulak will augment the existing technical team to support LCI and its customers in the region. Eric Sherlock Read more

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Nowegian names Helga Bollman Leknes Chief Commercial Officer

Helga Bollmann Leknes

Helga Bollmann Leknes has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Norwegian Air Shuttle. “I am very pleased to announce that Helga Bollmann Leknes has been appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA. She will remain in her current role as Managing Director of Norwegian Air Resources (NAR), which she has led since March 2018,” says Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos. Bollmann Leknes joined Norwegian in October 2017 as Chief HR Officer and has also been responsible for commercial management since September 2018. “Helga has done a great job within a short amount of time. From now on, she Read more

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West Star Aviation names Jeff Yeager as Landing Gear/Accessory Program Manager

Jeff Yeager has been promoted to Program Manager, Landing Gear/Accessory Program at West Star’s GJT facility. Yeager was hired in 2011 and has been instrumental in helping to develop West Star’s Grand Junction Landing Gear Program which includes service for Challenger, Hawker/Textron and Phenom, while also expanding our Learjet and King Air capabilities. In addition to be a Certified Trainer on Phenom 100/300, he participated in the planning, development and execution of the readiness plan for the Phenom Landing Gear contract. Yeager will report to Dave Krogman, General Manager, West Star Aviation – Grand Junction.

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Cadence Aerospace names new Director, Business Development & Contracts, Cadence Aerospace–Aerosystems

Cadence Aerospace, a provider of highly complex aerospace components and assemblies to commercial and defense customers, has appointed Vivian Martinez-Wells as Director, Business Development & Contracts, Cadence Aerospace–Aerosystems. Martinez-Wells joins the Company’s expanding Business Development team and reports to Robert Saia, Senior Vice President, Business Development for Cadence Aerospace. In her new role, she will collaborate on market expansion and brand projection strategies, working to identify new business opportunities, strengthen employee sales teams, and foster both new and existing customer relationships.

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Spirit AeroSystems Chief Financial Officer to retire

Spirit AeroSystems has reported that Sanjay Kapoor, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire in the first quarter of 2019. Kapoor has been in this role since he joined the company in August 2013. Kapoor will continue in his role as chief financial officer and assist in the transition once a successor is named. During his time as chief executive officer, Kapoor worked to enhance Spirit’s operating performance and the company’s competitiveness. Prior to Spirit, Kapoor held executive leadership roles at Raytheon and United Technologies Corporation.

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André-Hubert Roussel proposed CEO of ArianeGroup

André-Hubert Roussel

Joint shareholders Airbus SE and Safran have proposed to the Board of Directors of ArianeGroup André-Hubert Roussel, currently Head of Operations at Airbus Defence and Space, to succeed Alain Charmeau as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ArianeGroup, effective January 1, 2019. Alain Charmeau, an accomplished executive in the aerospace industry, will retire in 2019 after a transition phase from January 1, to March 31 2019, during which he will serve as Special Advisor to the new CEO of ArianeGroup.

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IATA Regional Vice President North Asia to retire

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the retirement of Baojian ZHANG, IATA’s Regional Vice President (RVP) for North Asia effective December 14, 2018. Zhang joined IATA from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in 1994 and founded IATA’s operations in China. Under Zhang’s strong leadership, IATA membership in North Asia has grown to 36 airlines with China having the largest concentration of IATA member airlines of any country. Over the last 24 years IATA’s China team grew from 3 to exceed 130 today. And IATA’s BSP in China is the largest in the world, recording nearly 190 Read more

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