Aircraft Lessor Genesis Announces New CEO

Dublin-based aircraft lessor Genesis has appointed of Karl Griffin as its new Chief Executive Officer, a newly created role for the company.

Griffin joined the company in May 2018 as Genesis’ Chief Commercial & Investment Officer. Prior to Genesis, Griffin was the Chief Operating Officer at aircraft leasing firm DAE Capital and has held leadership roles across the global aviation industry including Virgin Express, RBS Aviation Capital, AWAS and Shannon Aerospace throughout his 30 year career.

Nordic Aviation Capital Names New CFO

Nordic Aviation Capital has announced the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer, effective September 2019.

Alan Jenkins will assume the role and will report to the company’s Chief Executive officer, Søren M. Overgaard.

With over 20 years of experience in the aviation and financial services industry, Jenkins was the President, Chief Operating Officer and CFO of Waypoint Leasing, a global helicopter lessor – a position he held since the launch of the business in 2013.

Virgin Atlantic Exec To Lead Flybe Relaunch


Virgin Atlantic executive Mark Anderson will lead the overhaul of Flybe after being appointed CEO of Connect Airways, the consortium that took over the UK regional airline.

Connect Airways, a consortium of Virgin Atlantic, UK-based airline operator Stobart Group and funds managed by U.S.-based Cyrus Capital Partners, acquired Flybe in February.

The consortium is awaiting merger clearance from the European Commission. 

Flybe CEO Christine Ourmieres-Widener said May 28 that she would step down July 15. On June 12, Connect announced the appointment of Anderson, who was previously Virgin Atlantic’s Executive Vice President-Customer and before that ran Virgin Holidays.

StandardAero Appoints Roger Ross President, Airlines & Fleets

StandardAero has appointed Roger Ross as President of the company’s Airlines and Fleets division.  He will be responsible for the largest division of StandardAero, with multiple sites in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and Australia.

Ross previously served as President of Esterline Technologies, Sensors and Systems and has more than 25 years of accomplished leadership in the Aerospace Industry.  During his career, Ross managed a number of successful operations for Goodrich Aerospace rising through leadership positions in operations and engineering, covering MRO and Engine Programs as well as Aerostructures and Actuation systems.  Following the acquisition of Goodrich by United Technologies, he continued to manage large global business P&Ls for both OEM and Aftermarket systems in multiple domestic and international locations. 

GECAS Appoints Priscilla Branco New Regional Manager For Latin America & Caribbean

GECAS has appointed Priscilla Branco as its new Regional Manager for Latin America & Caribbean (LAC). Branco has over a decade of experience working in the aviation sector in the LAC market.

Branco joins GECAS from Azul Airlines where she has spent the last ten years working with the company in a variety of roles. Most recently, she was the Head of Aircraft Programs, leading aircraft and engine purchasing, leasing and financing. 

JetBlue Senior Executive Marty St. George Is Leaving the Airline

Marty St. George, Chief Commercial Officer of JetBlue Airways, who helped lead the team that created the airline’s popular Mint business class earlier this decade, is leaving his position.

St. George is among the longest tenured senior executives at JetBlue. He joined the airline in 2006 as Head of Planning, deciding where the airline would fly and when. He earned greater responsibility over time, at one point serving as the airline’s Senior Vice President for Marketing.

St. George began leading the airline’s commercial functions in 2014, and was named an Executive Vice President one year later, overseeing all of the airline’s revenue-generating departments.

Airline Industry Veteran Nathaniel Pieper To Join Alaska Airlines

Nathaniel Pieper has been named Senior Vice President of Fleet, Finance & Alliances. He will have a broad scope of responsibilities including the acquisition and financing of Alaska's mainline and regional aircraft and oversight of the company's treasury activities.

Pieper will also serve as a senior leader for alliances, with a dotted line reporting relationship to Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Harrison.

Prior to joining Alaska, Pieper worked for 20 years in aircraft, commercial, financial and strategic roles at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, most recently as Senior Vice President of EMEA and India, and as Senior Vice President of Global Alliances. 

Pieper holds a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration in finance, strategy and transportation management from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Warrick Hood Joins C&L Aviation Group

Warrick Hood has joined C&L Aviation Group as Senior Vice President responsible for the company’s growing ATR program. Hood will oversee ATR parts distribution, aircraft support, consignments, and other programs for regional aircraft operators around the world. 

Hood brings with him extensive knowledge of aviation purchasing, logistics, business development, inventory management, and accounting procedures from his 13 years of international aviation experience. Previous to his employment with C&L, Hood was Managing Director for ACIA Aero Parts Company.

United Airlines Names Sarah Murphy Senior Vice President of United Express

United Airlines has named Sarah Murphy Senior Vice President of United Express, where she will oversee the carrier's extensive regional network, product, customer service, operations and strategy. Murphy most recently served as United's Vice President of Global Operations Strategy, Planning and Design.

Previously, Murphy served as United's Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. She also served as United's Managing Director of Financial and Capital Planning and leading investor relations.

Prior to joining United in 2006, Murphy worked at Merrill Lynch in its investment banking division.

In 2015, Murphy was named one of Crain's Chicago's "40 Under 40." She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Achim Martinka New Vice President Germany At Lufthansa Cargo

Achim Martinka, previously Head of the One Cargo project, will be appointed Vice President Germany. Martinka succeeds J. Florian Pfaff, who took over as Vice President Asia Pacific on June 1, 2019.

Achim Martinka began his career at Lufthansa Cargo 2000 as Senior Manager Global Accounts. After various positions in Europe, he moved to Atlanta in 2010 as Vice President The Americas before being appointed Vice President Europe & Africa in Frankfurt in 2016. Since 2017 Martinka has been responsible for the One Cargo project, a project that aims to strengthen the cooperation between SwissWorldCargo and Lufthansa Cargo.

ARGUS International Names Doug Schwartz Vice President & Leader Of OEP

ARGUS International has named Doug Schwartz as Vice President and he has been selected to lead the Operational Excellence Program (OEP), a new position within ARGUS International. Schwartz recently retired from Conoco Phillips as General Manager of Global Aviation Services. 

Mr. Schwartz will be responsible for all activities related to growing and developing ARGUS’ OEP.  Members of the program include industry-leading corporate flight departments that have achieved their stage three ISBAO certification. 

Alaska Airlines Promotes Andy Schneider To Senior Vice President Of People; Horizon Air Promotes Matt Prainito To Vice President Of Station & Inflight Operations

The Alaska Airlines board of directors has elected Andrea "Andy" Schneider as Senior Vice President of People for Alaska Airlines. The Horizon Airboard of directors has elected Matt Prainito as Vice President of Station and Inflight Operations for Horizon Air.

Most recently, Schneider was responsible for creating and completing "Flight Path," a company-wide workshop to engage employees from across workgroups in open dialogue around our history, our culture, and where we are headed together. She will also continue to lead employee benefits, compensation, training and development, recruiting and employee travel for Alaska and Horizon Air.

Previously, Schneider served as Vice President of Inflight and Call Center Services, leading Alaska's flight attendants, customer care and reservations agents. Before that, she was Senior Vice President of People and Customer Services at Horizon. Schneider began her career at Alaska in 1989 as the Manager of Financial Accounting. She earned a bachelor of business administration degree from Gonzaga University and an executive MBA from the University of Washington. 

Prainito also begins his new role immediately. As the Vice President of Station Operations and Inflight for Horizon Air, he'll oversee operational and financial performance, lead strategic planning, and continue improving processes for Horizon Air's airport and flight attendant teams.

Prainito started with Alaska in 1997 as a customer service agent in Los Angeles before stepping into the Station Manager roles in Burbank, Ontario and LAX. He later took on new positions and leadership roles including Regional Manager and Director of Station Operations. In 2016 he became Managing Director of Station Operations, where he was responsible for the state of Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Northweststations.

Cirrus Names New CEO; Co-Founder Klapmeier Steps Down

Cirrus Aircraft announced that it has picked a new CEO to succeed its co-founder, Dale Klapmeier, who is stepping down but will continue to serve as a senior advisor.

Cirrus has named Zean Nielsen its next CEO. His credentials include senior roles at other high-profile companies, including Tesla Motors, James Hardie and Bang & Olufsen.

Nielsen's resume includes his most recent stint as Executive Vice President of North American Sales at James Hardie; a previous job at Tesla Motors, where he served as Vice President of Global Sales Operations; and 17 years at Bang & Olufsen where he ascended to the role of the company's President for North and South American markets.

RAA Names Bill Whyte VP-Aviation Operations & Technical Services

The Regional Airline Association announced the appointment of Bill Whyte as Vice President of Aviation Operations and Technical Services and will be effective June 16.

Whyte was most recently the General Manager of Flight Operations Training at Compass Airlines with responsibility for the development and implementation of all pilot training programs for the Embraer 175 fleet. Whyte was with Compass Airlines, an RAA member, since its formation in 2006 and set up the airline’s flight training department in 2007 to introduce the Embraer 175 into service for Northwest Airlines.

A career military pilot with the British Royal Air Force, Whyte flew multiple aircraft types on front line squadrons and training units in the UK and Germany. He also held staff positions in the Headquarters of the Royal Air Force in Germany and prior to retirement from the service in 1997 was on the staff of the Air Attaché in the British Embassy in Washington, D.C.

JetBlue Announces Commercial Team Appointments

Scott Laurence has been promoted to Head of Revenue and Planning. He will report to JetBlue President and Chief Operating Officer Joanna Geraghty. Since joining JetBlue in 2008, he has taken on expanded responsibilities from Director, Network Planning to Vice President, Network Planning and Partnerships, and most recently, as Senior Vice President, Airline Planning.

An industry veteran, Laurence served in various commercial roles at US Airways and United Airlines for 13 years prior to coming to JetBlue in 2008.

Don Uselmann has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Loyalty and Personalization. Uselmann will be responsible for continuing to evolve TrueBlue, JetBlue’s award-winning loyalty program; establish the airline’s customer relationship marketing (CRM) strategy; and advance the personalization of the JetBlue experience.

Uselmann joined JetBlue in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles, most recently as Director, Airport Operations at JFK. Over the years, he has been a leader in some of JetBlue’s highest-profile innovations, including the development of Even More products, the refresh of JetBlue’s Core experience and the creation of Mint, the design of self-tagging airport lobbies, and the launch of Fly-Fi broadband internet.

Marty St. George, Chief Commercial Officer, has announced his plans to leave JetBlue later this month after 13 years with the airline.

ARGUS International Names Ed Wandell Vice President, Business Aviation

ARGUS International has named Ed Wandell Vice President of ARGUS PROS Business Aviation, a new position within ARGUS International. Wandell previously oversaw the Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) Program.

Wandell will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Business Aviation division for ARGUS PROS Audits, including ARGUS Rating Audits, ISBAO and more.  Additionally, Wandell will continue to oversee the commercial operator analysis program, TripCHEQ. 

TAG Aviation Names New Director Of Flight Operations

TAG Aviation has named Pete Beilby as Director of Flight Operations for the UK and Malta effective immediatly.

Beilby joined TAG Aviation (UK) from Cobham Aviation Services where he had been the Director of Flight Operations, UK Special Mission, for the last three years. Prior to this role he worked for the organization as a Type Rating Instructor and Examiner which involved undertaking secondments to the Far East, Europe and Africa where he was responsible for delivering Operational Readiness Training. 

Beilby’s aviation career started in the Royal Air Force where he trained to become a pilot, spending twelve years serving in the UK and was also deployed on Operational Tours throughout the world, including Iraq.

Walter Cho Appointed as Chairman of SkyTeam Alliance Board

Walter Cho, Chairman and CEO of Korean Air, has been confirmed as SkyTeam Alliance Board Chairman.

The appointment was endorsed at a meeting of the SkyTeam Alliance Board at COEX Convention Center in Samseong-dong, Seoul. SkyTeam holds its Alliance Board meeting, which is composed of the CEOs of the 19 member airlines, to oversee SkyTeam’s global strategy.

As a founding member, Korean Air has been instrumental in shaping SkyTeam over the last 20 years. Walter Cho, will now play an active role, alongside the other members, as SkyTeam grows from an established network to a digitally connected, customer-focused alliance.

Carsten Spohr New IATA Board Chairman

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer, Carsten Spohr, has assumed his duties as Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term. He has served on the BoG since May 2014. 

Spohr succeeds Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive His Excellency Akbar Al Baker, who will continue to serve on the BoG. 

Spohr has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since May 1, 2014. In this role, he manages the Lufthansa Group comprising the business segments Network Airlines, Eurowings and Aviation Services, with around 135,000 employees worldwide. Spohr began his aviation career after receiving a graduate degree in business engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and holds an A320 family captain’s license.

IATA also announced that JetBlue Airways President and CEO Robin Hayes will serve as Chairman of the BoG beginning June 2020, following Spohr’s term.