Textron Aviation promotes Brett Pierson to Senior Vice President, Defense and Special Missions

Brett Pierson

Textron Aviation has promoted Brett Pierson to the role of Senior Vice President, Defense and Special Missions, which includes serving as President and CEO of Textron Aviation Defense. Pierson previously served as Vice President, Defense Strategy and Sales, and will succeed Tom Hammoor who is retiring after serving in this leadership role for the past seven years. Pierson will oversee all aspects of the Textron Aviation Defense business from aircraft sales to training and aftermarket support. He brings more than three decades of Department of Defense leadership, defense acquisition and test-flight experience to his new role. A decorated former Naval officer Read more

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Embraer announces Defense & Security leadership transition

Embraer has reported the beginning of the transition process of the company’s Defense and Security leadership, stating that the president and CEO of Embraer Defense & Security, Jackson Schneider, has decided he will leave the company in April 2023, when his term with the company ends. For the position, the company has appointed the current Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Defense & Security, Bosco da Costa Júnior. Schneider joined Embraer in 2011 and has led the Defense & Security unit since the beginning of 2014, being responsible for the development and internationalisation of the KC-390 programme, in addition to consolidating Read more

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Wiremind Cargo appoints Guillermo Medina Moralejo as new VP Business Development

Guillermo Medina Moralejo

Guillermo Medina Moralejo will join Wiremind Cargo on December 1, 2022, as its Vice President Business Development, responsible for sales, commercial strategy and marketing functions. Medina Moralejo was educated in the United Kingdom, and has spent the past six years in Asia, predominantly in Hong Kong where he will remain based in his new function with a view to expanding Wiremind Cargo’s footprint to key Asian markets. He will join Wiremind Cargo from Lalamove, a crowd-sourced logistics start-up where, as Head of Corporate Solutions, he created and implemented the company’s corporate sales strategy across 11 markets in Asia and Latin Read more

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Chapman Freeborn appoints David Tasker as Director – Government & Humanitarian

David Tasker

Chapman Freeborn, a global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed David Tasker as Director – Government & Humanitarian. Tasker brings over 30 years of logistics experience to the role, including six years as Vice President Global Defence at DB Schenker and 13 years as Head of DSCOM, where he was responsible for all transport movements across Europe, as well as procurement and tender analysis for the MOD (Ministry of Defence). In his role of Global Director – Government & Humanitarian, Tasker will be developing governmental and humanitarian air opportunities on a global scale, ensuring this Read more

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Seven Wencor MRO facilities achieve AS9110 certification

Wencor has released that seven of its MRO facilities have received ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) AS9110 certificates of registration. This represents a significant milestone in Wencor’s company-wide commitment to quality. This certification places Absolute Aviation, Accessory Technologies, Aerospace Coatings International, Fortner Engineering, PHS Aviation, Silver Wings Aerospace and Soundair Aviation Services in a select group of MRO facilities that have been independently certified to a quality management system going beyond FAA and EASA certification requirements. Wencor’s most recent MRO acquisition, Aviatron, Inc. (U.S.), will soon start the AS9110 certification process to join the high standards of Wencor’s other MROs. AS9110 Read more

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Avolon appoints new Head of Communications

Doug Keatinge

International aircraft leasing company Avolon has released that Doug Keatinge has joined the company as Head of Communications. Keatinge will be responsible for leading Avolon’s corporate and financial communications. He has over 20 years’ experience in public relations and journalism, most recently as a Partner at Murray Group, a leading PR consultancy. Keatinge has also worked as a journalist for Irish broadcaster RTÉ and Bloomberg and in investor relations and strategy roles for Digicel and L.E.K Consulting.

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Aircraft Finance Germany names Fei Chen SVP Commercial, China

Fei Chen

Aircraft Finance Germany has announced that Fei Chen has joined AFG as SVP Commercial, China. Chen joins Aircraft Finance Germany after an accomplished career spanning over two decades in the aviation industry. He brings to AFG his vast experience in airline operations and aircraft leasing. Chen started his aviation career in 2002 with Hainan Airlines and worked in leading roles for the airline in aircraft acquisitions and leasing. In 2009, he joined the Aviation Leasing Division of Minsheng Financial Leasing. At Minsheng he served successively as Corporate Jet Sales manager, the head of Corporate Jet Acquisitions and Operations and as Read more

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Tracey Downes appointed Head of Component Sales for APOC Aviation

Tracey Downes

APOC Aviation has appointed experienced aviation professional, Tracey Downes, as Head of Component Sales. Having previously held senior positions at Aerospace Asset Trading and Nova Systems, Downes has a wealth of experience in the USM market, as well as detailed knowledge of airframe and engine disassembly. In this ‘hands on’ role, her key responsibilities will include growing the commercial team and developing new sales processes to streamline and optimise efficiency, as well as regular liaison and support for key accounts. “Having worked in the USM sector for a number of years, I was aware of APOC’s culture, values and innovative Read more

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Chapman Freeborn appoints Anthony Ciobanu as Business Development Executive at its new Western Australia office

Anthony Ciobanu

Chapman Freeborn, the global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Anthony Ciobanu as Business Development Executive at its new office located in Perth, Western Australia. Anthony brings 15 years of aviation industry experience to Chapman Freeborn, beginning his career at Dnata Airport Services as Ramp Supervisor and Charters Coordinator. Soon after, he transferred to the business aviation sector and most recently he has worked as FBO Manager for several companies, including providing ground handling services for business jets and military aircraft. As a Business Development Executive, Anthony will be focusing on providing solutions to customers Read more

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Michael Williamson appointed Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Strategy for Lockheed Martin

Michael Williamson

Lockheed Martin has released that Michael Williamson will be the new Senior Vice President of Global Business Development & Strategy. The appointment is effective November 1. Williamson is currently Vice President and General Manager for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC), where he leads operational excellence, a diverse portfolio of products and business enabling initiatives. He also provides strategic oversight of technical, cost and schedule performance execution for the MFC lines of business and enterprise performance. Williamson joined the company in 2017 following a distinguished career as a Lieutenant General with the U.S. Army. He served as the principal military deputy Read more

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