United Taps Restivo For VP, Communications

United Airlines announced that Steven Restivo has been named Vice President of Global Corporate Communications. Restivo brings to the company more than 20 years of strategic communications expertise from various companies, including Comcast NBCUniversal and Walmart Stores, Inc.

Restivo, who will report to Chief Communications Officer Josh Earnest and his first day at United will be Sept.ember 3, 2019.

Most recently, Restivo led external communications in support of Comcast NBC Universal's suite of residential and business products and services, including Xfinity Internet, Video, Home, Voice and Comcast Business.

DAS/Flite Appoints VP Sales, Parts and Component Repair

Mike Ward has joined DAS/Flite as the Vice President of Sales, Parts and Component Repair. Eli DaSilva will assume a Director of Business Development role and report to Mike, along with the sales team. 

Ward brings over 25 years of aviation experience to the team. He most recently worked for Spirit AeroSystems as the Senior General Manager for its Aftermarket MRO operation. He has spent the majority of his career in the VIP interior modifications business for wide body head of state aircraft. Mike also formerly served as Director/GM for Hawker Beechcraft Services and Textron Aviation Services’ MRO service center in Houston, Texas.

Qantas Appoints Chief Customer Officer

Qantas has announced that Stephanie Tully, who is currently Executive Manager of Group Brand and Marketing, will move to the role of Chief Customer Officer.

Ms. Tully takes over from Vanessa Hudson, who leaves the role following her appointment as Chief Financial Officer as announced in May this year.

Ms. Tully will report directly to Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and join the Group leadership team.

Aiyar Appointed General Counsel At American Airlines

American Airlines Group has confirmed that Priya Aiyar will join the airline as senior vice president and general counsel, succeeding Paul Jones, who retired from American earlier this year.

In this role, Aiyar will lead American’s legal affairs team and its legal strategies. This includes the company’s corporate governance, securities and corporate finance, business and commercial, litigation, competition and antitrust, compliance, privacy, environmental, employment, and intellectual property legal issues and work.

Aiyar joins American from Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where she has been a partner, and brings more than 18 years of government and private sector experience. 

She served as acting general counsel and deputy general counsel for the United States department of the treasury as well as deputy general counsel for the department of energy. 

Aiyar holds a juris doctor from Yale Law School, a master’s degree from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Jeanette Pinard Joins Stifel Aviation Business

Jeanette Pinard has joined the Stifel Aviation business as a Managing Director. She will be responsible for transaction diligence and documentation in our growing engine ownership and leasing business.

Pinard brings a unique combination of legal and commercial expertise. Prior to joining Stifel, Pinard held various roles at GECAS for over 23 years, including as Associate General Counsel establishing GECAS’ China platform for aircraft before being promoted to SVP & General Counsel at GECAS Engine Leasing and later adding GECAS Materials to her responsibilities. Pinard was one of the founding executives critically instrumental in building GECAS’ engine leasing business.

ExpressJet Airlines Hires New Vice President, MRO

ExpressJet Airlines, which operates as United Express, hired Bruce Jones as Vice President of Maintenance and Engineering. He most recently managed aircraft transfers for United Airlines, but before that spent a 21-year career at ExpressJet in a variety of maintenance and engineering roles, including Senior Director of Maintenance Control, Planning and Production.

Jones replaces 15-year ExpressJet veteran Jamie Hill, who is joining United Airlines as Technical Operations Managing Director.

Silk Way West Airlines Names New Vice President Asia Pacific Region

Silk Way West Airlines announced the appointment of Mrs. Jenny Zhao as its new Vice President Asia Pacific region effective August 1. She will take over from Nurid Aliyev, who has stepped down.  

Mrs. Zhao has vast experience in the air cargo industry, holding senior management positions at various cargo airlines. For the past 2 years, she was Silk Way West Airlines CCO APAC and head of SWW rep office in Shanghai.

She holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis-Olin Business School and B.A. degree from Shanghai University of Engineering Services and has more than 15 years of experience in the cargo industry.   

Airbus Defense and Space Appoints New EVP Global Business & Strategic Programs

Airbus Defense and Space has appointed Julian Whitehead Executive Vice-President Global Business and Strategic Programs, effective October 1, 2019. Currently, he is serving as Executive Vice-President Finance for the division and is a member of the divisional Executive Committee. 

Mr. Whitehead will be succeeded by Xavier Tardy, also effective October 1, 2019, who currently serves as Head of Business Strategy within Airbus. In his future capacity as Executive Vice-President Finance for the division, Xavier Tardy will become a Member of the Executive Committee of Airbus Defense and Space. 

Munich Airport US Holding Appoints New Managing Director

Munich Airport US Holding, the US-based subsidiary of Munich Airport International (MAI) has appointed Jean-Pierre Tabet as the company’s Managing Director and was effective August 1st, 2019.

In his new role he will coordinate and manage all shared service support to the US Holding’s subsidiaries. Tabet will also act as Head of Marketing for Munich Airport International in North America.

Jean-Pierre Tabet has a longstanding and broad career in the aviation sector. During the past 22 years at Fraport, he was Chief Commercial Officer at Cairo Airport and was Managing Director at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh. Most recently, he served as Vice President Business Development at Fraport USA.

Crane Worldwide Logistics Announces New CEO

Crane Worldwide Logistics announced the appointment of Keith Winters as its new CEO.Winters, and is effective immediately

Mr. Winters, the second CEO to be appointed in the company’s history, has replaced John Magee, who served as CEO for 11 years.

Winters has extensive industry knowledge and experience that includes eight years serving as Chief Operating Officer for Crane Worldwide and his most recent role as CEO of Davaco, Inc. (a company affiliated with Crane Capital Group, Inc).

Gulf Air Appoints Senior Manager-Cargo

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain has appointed Mr. Wael Mattar as Senior Manager Cargo based in the airline’s hub in Bahrain. With a long experience in airline sales and having managed Gulf Air’s stations in the GCC and Egypt, Mr. Mattar will manage one of the airline’s main revenue generating departments that has big growth potentials.

Millennium International Avionics Announces New Director of Business Development

Millennium International Avionics announced that Todd Slater has been named Business Development Director.

Todd started his career with Absolute Aviation, now Wencor, as a bench technician and has held multiple technical and leadership roles. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Pricing and in the sales division for Wencor Group MROs. Todd acquired his BS degree from ITT Technical Institute in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Cadence Aerospace Appoints Bernard P. Chowaniec Vice President—Operations

Cadence Aerospace named Bernard (Ben) P. Chowaniec as Vice President—Operations. He reports to Dennis Orzel, Chief Operating Officer of Cadence Aerospace.

Mr. Chowaniec’s career is highlighted by a 32-year tenure at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. Since 1987, he has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility at the company, serving most recently as Vanes Operations Manager. Prior to that, he was Business Unit Manager for Pratt’s Turbine Module Center and as Materials / Customer Service Manager, Mr. Chowaniec managed overall interaction with the customer base. He also served as an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Team Leader for Pratt’s Turbine Module Center.

Mr. Chowaniec earned both a Master of Science in Organization Management and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology from Central Connecticut State University as well as an Associate Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Greater New Haven State Mechanical College. He also is a recognized UTC ACE Practitioner, a recipient of a UTC Leadership Award for military flow line implementation and a Pratt & Whitney Leadership Award Winner for 1998.

Munich Airport Supervisory Board Announces New President & CEO

Munich Airport’s Supervisory Board has selected Jost Lammers as the airport's next President and CEO. He has been appointed for a five-year term effective January 1, 2020. Mr. Lammers will succeed Dr. Michael Kerkloh, who is to retire on December 31, 2019 after leading the Munich Airport Group for more than 17 years.

Mr. Lammers is currently the CEO of Budapest Airport. Before that he served as CEO of Flughafen Düsseldorf Ground Handling GmbH and worked as an asset manager for Düsseldorf Airport with Hochtief AirPort GmbH and as a project manager for Athens Airport. Mr. Lammers was recently elected President of Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and is a member of the supervisory board of Hamburg Airport.

Born Extended As President & CEO Of Swissport Through 2020

Eric Born, President and CEO of Swissport International AG, agreed to extend his contract subject to the company’s successful completion of the debt refinancing.

Born, who was due to leave the company at the end of 2019, has agreed to extend his contract subject to the company’s successful completion of a planned debt refinancing by Sept. 30, 2019. Born’s extension as President and CEO would be for a further year to the end of 2020.

Born has been serving as the President and CEO of one of the world's leaders in airport ground services and air cargo handling since August 2015. He has a strong track record in creating value in private equity owned and publicly listed organizations across retail, logistics and aviation services.

ATR Appoints New Senior Vice President, Programs & Customer Services

David Brigante has been named Senior Vice President of Programs & Customer Services of ATR, starting August 1st. He will be reporting to CEO, Stefano Bortoli.

Brigante will be succeeding Tom Anderson, who will leave ATR at the end of July 2019. After several years within the ATR team, in different and significant roles, Tom Anderson has decided to take a new direction in his professional career.

David Brigante, who joined ATR in 2015 from Leonardo, brings a strong aeronautical experience and a deep understanding of ATR today, as well as of what is needed for the future. David will continue his current role as Senior Vice President, Procurement & Supply Chain ad interim until a successor is appointed.

Simultaneously, in order to optimize customer attention and satisfaction, with a growing fleet of ATR aircraft worldwide, Operations becomes an independent new function reporting directly to the CEO under the management of Raphael Dubus who will also become a member of the Executive Committee, effective September 1st. This was previously integrated as a department in the Programs and Customer Services directorate.

Transportation Secretary Names FAA NextGen Advisory Committee Chair

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that Russell “Chip” Childs was appointed Chair of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC). Childs is President and Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, Inc.

Childs, a current member of the NAC, replaces former Chair David Bronczek, who retired from FedEx Corporation. Childs will serve through the current term of the NAC charter, which is June 8, 2020.

A4A Names Kristine O’Brien Vice President, Global Government Affairs

Airlines for America (A4A) announced that Kristine O’Brien has been named Vice President, Global Government Affairs.

O’Brien joins A4A from the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure where she is currently Director of Outreach and Member Services for Chairman Peter DeFazio. Previously, O’Brien served as a legislative aide for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, where she worked on transportation, infrastructure and economic development issues. She was involved in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 which resulted in a five-year authorization of federal aviation programs and a three-year reauthorization of the TSA.

Before working on Capitol Hill, O’Brien worked for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines Welcomes Justin Doane As Vice President Of Labor Relations

Hawaiian Airlines announced the appointment of Justin Doane as Vice President of Labor Relations.

Doane brings over 15 years of leadership in labor relations to Hawaiian Airlines. Previously, he had responsibility for union negotiations and relations for United Airlines and the Chicago Transit Authority, where he provided strategic advice concerning the administration and application of collective bargaining agreements.

Doane earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Michigan State University.

Aero Norway Appoints New Director Of Sales & Marketing

MRO provider Aero Norway has appointed Klaus-Peter Leinauer as Director of Sales & Marketing. 

In his role, Leinauer will support Aero Norway’s growth strategy and focus on best-in-class service for its expanding global customer base.

Leinauer joins Aero Norway with more than 20 years experience in the engine MRO industry having worked at SR Technics for seven years with responsibility for sales in Europe, Russia and the CIS.