Holly Nelson new Chief Financial Officer at Virgin America

Virgin America, the California-based domestic airline, today announced the appointment of Holly Nelson as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Nelson joins Virgin America in April, and will oversee the award-winning airline’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, financial planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, budgets, procurement and fleet planning. Nelson most recently served as Senior Vice President Finance and Controller at XOJET. Nelson also served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at JetBlue Airways.

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Denis Vercherin named Senior Vice President of Snecma

Snecma and Snecma Services, both companies in the SAFRAN Group, merged their businesses on February 1, 2009 to adapt to changes in the aviation market and meet customer expectations. Within the scope of this merger, Philippe Petitcolin has been confirmed as Chairman and CEO of the expanded Snecma, and Denis Vercherin, previously Chairman and CEO of Snecma Services, has been named Senior Vice President of Snecma.

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Virgin Atlantic appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Virgin Atlantic has appointed Steve Griffiths as its new Chief Operating Officer. Steve replaces Lyell Strambi, who returned to Australia at the end of last year. Steve Griffiths is currently the Director of Engineering for Virgin Atlantic and is responsible for all aspects of aircraft engineering and maintenance. His new role as COO will encompass Engineering, Operations, Airports, Cabin Crew, Product and Cargo. Steve takes up the new role from 16th March 2009.

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Austrian Airlines announces new VP Ground Operations

As of 1 July 2009 Dr. Paul Paflik will be appointed as new Vice President Ground Operations. In this function he will be responsible for 1,100 employees and will ensure ground handling of aircraft, passenger and baggage for the Austrian Airlines Group at stations including third party handling, taking into account safety, quality and efficiency. Dr. Paflik is the successor of Dr. Rainer Walther who will be retiring after a long successful career within the Austrian Airlines Group.

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