Jean-Paul Herteman elected Gifas Chairman

Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman of the Safran group, was elected Chairman at the annual general meeting of the French aerospace industries association Gifas, held on 9 July 2009. Jean-Paul Herteman succeeds Charles Edelstenne, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, who was elected in 2005 and whose mandate came to its statutory end this year.

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Jeff Smisek to become Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines reported that Jeff Smisek, Continental’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors, will become chairman and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2010. Smisek will succeed Larry Kellner who has decided to return to private equity at year-end after 14 years with Continental, the last five of them as chairman and CEO.

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Stefan Lauer appointed as Chairman of bmi's Board of Directors

Stefan Lauer, CEO Group Airlines and Corporate Human Resources at Deutsche Lufthansa AG, has been appointed with effect from 1 July 2009 as Chairman of the Board of Directors of British Midland PLC (bmi). He will take over the position from Sir Michael Bishop who is leaving the Board. Also J

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Ian Ludlow appointed as new managing director of Jet Aviation Vnukovo

Jet Aviation announces the appointment of Ian Ludlow as new managing director of the company’s Moscow Vnukovo maintenance operation effective August 1, 2009. He will succeed Carsten Fimm, who served as station manager of Jet Aviation Vnukovo on an interim assignment since August 2008.

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Mark S. Long named CFO of XOJET

Mark S. Long, a veteran aviation finance executive with over 20 years experience in the aviation industry including senior roles at Northwest Airlines, has been named chief financial officer of XOJET, a leading private aviation company. Immediately prior to joining XOJET, Mr. Long was a managing director at Skyworks Capital, LLC, a global investment banking boutique focused on the airline transportation sector, specializing in asset based finance, aircraft fleet management and advisory, corporate finance, merger and acquisitions and financial restructuring.

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Norman C.T. Liu promoted to President and CEO of GECAS

GE Capital Aviation Services, a division of GE, announced the promotion of Norman C.T. Liu to president and chief executive officer of GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). Liu will take over the executive management of the business from Henry A. Hubschman who will take on the new role of chairman of GECAS. Liu and Hubschman will begin in their new roles on July 1, 2009.

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