AJW Group Appoints Martin Broadhurst As Non-Executive Director

AJW Group has appointed Martin Broadhurst as Non-Executive Director. Broadhurst has been appointed to replace retiring Director, Randeep Grewal, to help oversee AJW Group’s diversification into new markets, predominantly defense.

He has over 15 years of experience running a large engineering organization, with a total of over three decades of experience in the international aerospace and defense sectors. Broadhurst previously held the title of Chief Executive and Group Director at Marshall Aerospace and Marshall of Cambridge, respectively, for fourteen years.

Etihad Aviation Group Appoints Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Distribution

Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) has appointed Duncan Bureau as Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Distribution. Bureau will report directly to the group’s Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Kamark.

Mr. Bureau has more than 25 years’ experience and most recently held the position of President at Air Canada Rouge, the low-cost subsidiary of Air Canada.

Prior to this, he was Vice President, Global Sales at Air Canada and spent 10 years at Canadian carrier, WestJet, rising to Vice President, Sales and Airline Partnerships, and two years in Kuala Lumpur as Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Distribution at Malaysia Airlines.

Alaska Air Group Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Alaska Air Group announced today three key leadership advancements to position Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air for future growth and success.

Ben Minicucci has been named President of Alaska and will be responsible for all commercial and operational duties including rollout and execution of the company's strategic plan.

Gary Beck returns to Alaska as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations on the ground and in the air. For the last two years, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon, Alaska's regional partner. Prior to that tenure, he was Vice President of Alaska's flight operations division. Beck will report directly to Minicucci.

With Beck's move back to Alaska, Joe Sprague has been elected the new President of Horizon. Sprague is an admired, highly capable veteran of Alaska Air Group who will continue the forward momentum for the airline. He will report directly to Tilden. Sprague retired from Alaska in 2017 after serving at the company for 17 years in a variety of leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of External Relations, Vice President of Marketing and Vice President of Alaska Air Cargo.

Garcia Named Chief Financial Officer At Embraer

The board of directors at Embraer has elected Antonio Carlos Garcia as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer and Investor Relations Officer. He will replace Nelson Salgado, who will move to serve as Embraer’s Chief Operations Officer and the changes will be effective January 1st.

Garcia worked for nine years at ThyssenKrupp, where he served as the Global Chief Financial Officer of the forged technologies business unit, in Germany. Prior to that, he worked for the ZF Group, in Brazil, and over 18 years at Siemens, in various business segments. 

Salgado, who has worked at Embraer for over 30 years, will lead Embraer’s operations as Chief Operations Officer.

Koch Takes Up Digital Venture Role At IAG Cargo

Tristan Koch has joined IAG Cargo, where he spent much of his early career when the business operated as British Airways World Cargo. Koch takes up the position of Managing Director of Start-Up Digital Ventures at the cargo business of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and Vueling.

In his previous role, from January to June of this year, Koch was Managing Director of Coyne Airways. Before that he spent eight years as Managing Director – Cargo Sales-Europe, Middle East, Africa and Indian Subcontinent at American Airlines. He also held various positions at British Airways over an 11 year period prior to that, including Interline Manager and Alliance Development Manager at British Airways World Cargo.

UPS China Announces New President

UPS has announced Michelle Ho as its new President of UPS China.

Ho has 26 years of experience working in the logistics industry. She previously held a role as Financial Controller for UPS China and most recently, President for the South Asia district of UPS Asia Pacific.

Succeeding Harld Peters, Ho will now lead UPS’s small package and business planning operations in China.

Ho is also member of UPS’s Women Leadership Development initiatives, in which she participates in public outreach programs to drive empowerment for women and support their professional development.

Greg Conlon Appointed President & CEO Of GECAS

Greg Conlon has been promoted to the role of President and CEO of GECAS, effective immediately. Alec Burger will continue as President and CEO of GE Capital and will also serve as the Chairman of GECAS.

This change in leadership is being done to ensure the continued strength and health of GECAS, with Conlon being fully dedicated to leading the GECAS business with Burger’s continued engagement as Chairman. 

Conlon has been with GE for 20 years and is a highly respected leader in the aviation financing industry.  His career history includES experience in Capital Markets, Asset Trading, OEM Management, Sales, Debt Financing, and P&L leadership.

ATR Appoints Eric Segura As SVP Procurement & Supply Chain

ATR has appointed Eric Segura, as Senior Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain, and was effective November 1, 2019. Eric will report to the CEO, Stefano Bortoli and joins the ATR Executive Committee.

Mr. Segura succeeds David Brigante, who was appointed Senior Vice President, Programs and Customer Services earlier in the year.

With more than 30 years in key positions within the Airbus group, Eric brings additional, comprehensive knowledge of the global aviation ecosystem to ATR.

Safran’s Board Of Directors Selects Olivier Andries As Future CEO

The Board of Directors of Safran has selected Olivier Andries as successor to Philippe Petitcolin in the position of Chief Executive Officer effective January 1, 2021 after a transition period of one year. Starting on January 1, 2020, Andries will serve under Petitcolin’s authority. 

Andries has acquired solid operational experience over the past 10 years in the Group’s Defense and Security activities (2009-2011) and Propulsion activities since 2011 (Safran Helicopter Engines and subsequently Safran Aircraft Engines).

King Aerospace Names New Senior Proposal Manager

Noel Quinn has been named Senior Proposal Manager for King Aerospace’s government services. He has more than 15 years of experience in CONUS and OCONUS aviation maintenance, management and modification; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); launch operations; and logistics. 

Previously, Quinn served as Proposal Manager for Vertex Aerospace, L-3 Vertex Aerospace, AECOM Government Services and DynCorp. For almost 22 years, he worked for E-Systems/Raytheon/L-3 Communications in such roles as information technology team lead and business development specialist.

Muren Appointed Head Of Global Sales With British Airways

British Airways has appointed Mark Muren to the role of Head of Global Sales. He will report to Andrew Brem, British Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer. 

Muren joins later this year from United Airlines where he held the position of Managing Director of Global Accounts.

As part of the commercial team, he will be overseeing the airline’s relationships with agents, travel management companies and corporates. Earlier in his career Muren was a captain flying regional jets for United Express and SkyWest Airlines.

Indonesia AirAsia Appoints New Chief In Leadership Reshuffle


Indonesia AirAsia has appointed Veranita Yosephine as the company’s new CEO, replacing Dendy Kurniawan in a board reshuffle. Yosephine is the first female to take on the top role in the Indonesian airline industry. 

Kurniawan will take on the role of President Commissioner of the holding company’s board of commissioners.

Yosephine joined the LCC in July 2019 as Deputy CEO. Prior to that, she had experience in British America Tobacco (BAT) Indonesia, Danone Aqua and Kraft Heinz Co. as Sales Director. 

ACI World Appoints Patrick Lucas As New Director, Economics

Airports Council International (ACI) World has announced that Patrick Lucas has been appointed Director, Economics and will be effective December 2.

Patrick Lucas is currently Head of the Airport Business Analytics Unit within the ACI Economics Department, having joined the organization in April 2011. He succeeds Stefano Baronci who has held the position of Director since April 2016 and will leave ACI World in December to become Director General of ACI Asia-Pacific.

An economist by profession, Lucas has 18 years of experience in analytical economics. He has overseen ACI World’s global airport data collection and has lead the authorship of major flagship publications, the World Airport Traffic Report, the World Airport Traffic Forecasts, and the Airport Economics Report.

Prior to joining ACI, Lucas worked for a United Nations statistical office where he contributed to major global reports; he holds a bachelor’s degree from McGill University and a master’s degree in economics from Concordia University.

GKN Aerospace Announces Two New Leadership Appointments To The Executive Committee

GKN Aerospace has appointed Krisstie Kondrotis as President of Defense effective November 1, and Julie Smyth as General Counsel effective November 25, 2019. In their new roles, both will join the GKN Aerospace Executive Committee reporting to Hans Büthker, GKN Aerospace Chief Executive Officer. 

In her newly-created role, Krisstie Kondrotis will lead GKN Aerospace’s growing Defense business. She joins GKN Aerospace from Spirit AeroSystems, where she was Senior Vice President Defense Programs and Business Development. 

As General Counsel, Julie Smyth will be accountable for legal, risk, compliance, and governance matters across the global aerospace business. Smyth joins GKN Aerospace from BAE systems where she was Chief Counsel for the Air Sector.

Atlas Air Further Reshuffles Management Team

Atlas Air is promoting James Forbes to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the company, effective January 1, 2020. 

Forbes will succeed John Dietrich as COO. Back in July, Atlas announced that Dietrich will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2020.

In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide, Forbes will serve as Chief Operating Officer of the company’s subsidiaries Atlas Air, Inc. and Southern Air, Inc.

Forbes has over 30 years of aviation operating experience, including more than 20 years with Atlas Air Worldwide. He is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for Southern Air. In this role, he has been responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day Southern Air operation, including flight, ground and technical operations, as well as safety, performance and customer satisfaction.

ATR Appoints Eric Segura As SVP Procurement & Supply Chain

Eric Segura has appointed Senior Vice President, Procurement and Supply Chain of ATR, the regional aircraft manufacturer. Starting November 1, he will be reporting to the CEO, Stefano Bortoli and joins the ATR Executive Committee. 

Segura will be succeeding David Brigante, who was named Senior Vice President, Programs and Customer Services earlier in the year. With more than 30 years in key positions within the Airbus group, Segura brings additional, comprehensive knowledge of the global aviation ecosystem to ATR.

Swissport Announces New Chief Executive-North America

Swissport has named Frank Mena as its new Chief Executive, North America.

Mena, who was previously Chief Commercial Officer of Swissport Americas, replaces Dany Nasr. He will report to Eric Born, President and Chief Executive of Swissport International.

Since joining Swissport as a General Manager in 1991, Mena has held several executive management roles, among them as Chief Operating Officer, Ground Handling US. More recently, he served as Chief Commercial Officer, Americas.

Boeing Elects Adm. John M. Richardson (Ret.) To Board Of Directors

Boeing’s Board of Directors has elected retired Admiral John M. Richardson as its newest member. Richardson has served as the 31st Chief of Naval Operations from 2015 until 2019, when he retired from the U.S. Navy after 37 years of service. 

Richardson will join the Aerospace Safety Committee, which was formed in August following a rigorous five-month review of the company’s policies and processes for airplane design and development by the board’s temporary Committee on Airplane Policies and Processes. He will also serve on the board’s Special Programs Committee.

Shake-Up Puts Stan Deal In Charge Of Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In the most visible personnel move yet during the 737 MAX crisis, Boeing named long-time executive Stan Deal to take over its Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) unit, removing Kevin McAllister and turning the reins of the company’s largest business over to a seasoned leader with significant supply-chain and customer-support experience.

The move, announced Oct. 22 and effective immediately, puts Deal in charge of a wobbly business that has two of its major programs, the MAX and 777X, in severe turbulence. Deal’s 33-year Boeing career includes senior roles managing Boeing’s commercial supply chain and aftermarket support functions, as well as leading Asia-Pacific sales. He developed Boeing’s Partnership for Success program that seeks to wring costs out of the company’s supply chain, and also was the first President and CEO of Boeing Global Services (BGS), launched three years ago.

Ted Colbert, most recently Boeing’s interim Chief Information Officer, assumes Deal’s former role as President & CEO of BGS, while Vishwa Uddanwadiker steps into Colbert’s former role as CIO.

Comlux Completion Announces New Appointments

Comlux Completion is set to strengthen its management team by introducing Fernando Mas as Chief Technology Officer and Adam White as Head of Engineering.

Mas is appointed to his new position after a strong 30-year experience with Airbus where he held several engineering management positions as senior expert in virtual product engineering and advanced digital design and manufacturing project in Silicon Valley. He also served on several engineering Universities and scientific committees, as professor and researcher member.

White is joining Comlux after a solid engineering experience with Gulfstream, Hawker Beechcraft, Bombardier – and the Completion and MRO industry. For the last 10 years, Adam led the engineering teams and supported the research initiatives of well-known completion centers, both in Europe and in the USA.