Silver Air Hires Colleen McCauley As Vice President Client Services

Silver Air, the private jet management and charter company, has hired Colleen McCauley to serve in the newly created position of Vice President of Client Services.

In her new position, McCauley will lead Silver Air’s existing private jet management services, while supporting continued growth by developing creative new management programs.

McCauley is a private aviation industry veteran with more than two decades in charter sales, management and operations as both an employee and self-starter in the industry. She has led successful sales teams and has a proven track record, expanding a fleet of 25 jets to 150 in just a few years. She will split her time between the San Francisco Bay area and Silver Air’s executive offices in Santa Barbara.

Leo Koppers To Retire After 16 Years With MTU Maintenance

On January 1, 2019, Martin Friis-Petersen will take on the role of Senior Vice President MRO Programs at MTU Aero Engines, heading up the sales and marketing organization for MTU Maintenance. He will succeed Leo Koppers, who is retiring after 16 years with MTU.

During Koppers tenure, MTU Maintenance’s yearly sales volume tripled and many key campaigns were won. Together with his team he set major cornerstones for the future growth of the MRO business.

Koppers successor, Martin Friis-Petersen, has been the Managing Director of MTU Maintenance Lease Services B.V. since 2014. Friis-Petersen joined MTU in 1999 and has held various leadership roles throughout the company, including as Chief Financial Officer of MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and Senior Vice President, MRO Operations at MTU Maintenance Hannover.

Alberto Gutiérrez Appointed Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defense & Space

Airbus has appointed Alberto Gutiérrez, Head of Military Aircraft within Airbus Defense and Space, effective January 1, 2019. 

He will report to Airbus Defense and Space Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dirk Hoke and become a Member of the division’s Executive Committee. Furthermore, Gutiérrez will also serve as Head of Airbus Spain, overseeing the company’s overall business activities in the country. 

He succeeds Fernando Alonso, who will retire after 40 years in the aerospace industry, thereof 37 at Airbus. Fernando Alonso will stay on until the end of March 2019 to ensure a smooth transition with his successor.

Aeroflot Group Makes Management Changes

Aeroflot Airline named Russia’s Minister of Transport Evgeny Ditrich as board Chairman December 11.

Ditrich, who joined the board October 23, succeeded Mikhail Poluboyarinov, first Deputy Chairman of the management board at Vnesheconombank.

The Aeroflot board also approved CEO-Commerce & Finance Andrey Chikhanchin as a management board member; the number of board members was set at 10.

In addition, Aeroflot Group subsidiary Rossiya Airlines appointed acting CEO Sergey Alexandrovsky as CEO for a three-year term and was effective December 10.

Alexandrovsky succeeded Dmitry Saprykin, who resigned in September. Aleksandrovsky joined St. Petersburg-based Rossiya in 2016 and was deputy CEO until named acting CEO this fall.

Air France Appoints First Female CEO

Air France has appointed Anne Rigail as its new CEO, taking over from Air France-KLM Group CEO Benjamin Smith who temporarily led the French unit following the resignation of Franck Terner in September.

Air France’s board of directors approved the appointment December 12. Rigail, formerly Executive Vice President-Customer at Air France, will assume her new role December 17.

She joined Air France in 1996 as Head of Customer Services at Paris Orly Airport, before becoming Vice President-Ground Operations at Paris Charles de Gaulle in 2009. In 2013 she became Executive Vice President-Inflight Services before assuming her most recent Executive Vice President-Customer role.

Raj Subramaniam Appointed FedEx Express President & CEO

David L. Cunningham, President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Express, will retire effective December 31, 2018. Raj Subramaniam, currently Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of FedEx Corporation, will succeed Cunningham effective January 1, 2019.

Cunningham began his FedEx career in 1982 in operations at the FedEx Express World Hub in Memphis, Tennessee. Over his more than 36-year career, he held numerous leadership positions across the FedEx Express operating company in multiple regions, including Chief Operating Officer and President – International, FedEx Express Asia Pacific Chief Financial Officer, and Regional President of the Asia Pacific region. 

Subramaniam has been with FedEx for more than 27 years and has held various executive level positions in several of our operating companies and international regions. He began his career in Memphis and subsequently moved to Hong Kong, where he oversaw marketing and customer service for the Asia Pacific region. Subramaniam then took over as President of FedEx Express in Canada before moving back to the U.S. as Senior Vice President of International Marketing. He was then promoted to Executive Vice President of Marketing in 2013 at FedEx Services, prior to being named Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at FedEx Corporation in 2017.

Brie Carere, a more than 17-year FedEx veteran, will succeed Subramaniam as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer of FedEx Corporation.

Mesa Air Group Announces New Vice President of Maintenance

Mesa Air Group, Inc. announced Douglas “Doug” Shockey as its Vice President of Maintenance. An A&P mechanic himself, Shockey brings over 30 years of airline experience to Mesa, with more than 25 years in senior airline management roles.

Doug has been an important figure in the airline industry for many years, and has held a number of positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Maintenance at Pinnacle Airlines, and Vice President of Technical Operations at Silver Airways.

Spirit Airlines Names John Kirby As Vice President of Network Planning

Spirit Airlines announced that it has hired airline veteran John Kirby as its newest Vice President of Network Planning.  Kirby will oversee what is set to be a large network expansion in the coming years for Spirit.  Kirby was most recently at Alaska Airlines as the Vice President of Capacity Planning and Alliances.  He will oversee network expansion and scheduling, leading a seasoned team already in place.

Kirby will succeed Spirit’s longtime Vice President of Network Planning, Mark Kopczak, who will be leaving the airline later in 2019.  Kopczak held the role for nearly 19 years and provided invaluable leadership and expertise during the airline’s immense service growth.  During his tenure at the airline, Kopczak played an integral role in deploying more than 110 additional new aircraft to create a highly profitable route network.  By 2019, Kopczak will have overseen the addition of over 60 cities to Spirit’s network, adding more than 240 additional nonstop routes and more than 600 additional daily flights.

TUI Aviation Appoints Marco Ciomperlik As Chief Operating Officer

TUI Aviation has appointed Marco Ciomperlik to the position of Chief Operations Officer in charge of Engineering & Maintenance, Supplier Management & Procurement, Inflight Services and Aviation IT. Before joining the aviation industry he worked at Germany-based consulting firm Roland Berger. His aviation career started back in 2010.

TUI Aviation also announced further management appointments. Jill Nye has been newly appointed as Director Inflight Services. She will be in charge of inflight services, product selection and logistics in close coordination with the source markets. Geert Somers has been newly appointed as Director Engineering & Maintenance in charge of all maintenance work for the airlines and for Supplier Management & Procurement. Isabelle Droll will be the responsible Director for Aviation IT.

Dawn Wilson will take over the Northern Region Airlines as Managing Director effective January 1, 2019. She will directly report to Kenton Jarvis. She has many years of experience at TUI in both aviation and operations and now heads the airlines in the UK and Scandinavia. Oliver Lackmann will become the sole Managing Director of TUI fly Germany, also reporting to Kenton. He was appointed Managing Director and Accountable Manager at TUI fly Germany in March 2018. Gunther Hofmann continues as Managing Director of TUI fly Belgium and TUI Netherlands airlines.

Former Boeing Exec To Head RTCA

Former airline pilot and Boeing executive Terry McVenes has joined standards organization RTCA as its new President and CEO.

McVenes began the position December 1, succeeding previous President Margaret Jenny and Acting Executive Director Andy Cebula in managing the organization. He formerly served as Boeing Director of System Safety and Regulatory Affairs from 2009-2018 and as Senior Manager of Aviation System Safety from 2008-2009.

A former US Airways Captain, McVenes earned multiple type ratings as a pilot and logged 17,000 flight hours over 30 years. He has served as Executive Air Safety Chairman with the Air Line Pilots Association and as a board member with the Flight Safety Foundation and the SKYbrary supervisory board.

JetBlue Appoints Edward Baklor Vice President, Inflight Experience

JetBlue announced the appointment of Edward Baklor as the carrier’s new Vice President, Inflight Experience. He will join JetBlue effective January 2019 and lead the carrier’s 5,000 award-winning inflight crew members.

Baklor comes to JetBlue from LaGuardia Gateway Partners where he served as Chief Commercial Officer responsible for leading the team that is transforming the commercial and guest experiences at LaGuardia Airport's Terminal B.

He previously served as the Senior Vice President of Guest Experience at Calgary-based WestJet, where he led the carrier’s airport operations, inflight, and contact center teams. Additionally, Baklor spent 14 years in various leadership roles at The Walt Disney Company’s Theme Parks and Resorts division before joining the aviation industry.

Baklor is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Appoints Frymire As Chief Financial Officer

Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Michelle Frymire as Chief Financial Officer. She will also serve as a member of the executive leadership team. 

Current Chief Financial Officer, Brad Hall, will become Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of Carlson, Carlson Wagonlit Travel’s parent company. 

Both appointments will be effective January 21st.

Immediately prior to her appointment, Frymire was CFO at a portfolio company of private equity firm Kohlberg & Co. Prior to that, she was CFO at Service King Collision Repair, TruGreen Lawn Care and Starwood Vacation Ownership, and held senior finance roles at ServiceMaster, Delta Air Lines, Continental Airlines and American Airlines.

Bogason Named Icelandair CEO

Icelandair Group has announced its interim President and CEO, Bogi Nils Bogason, will assume the role permanently, days after the airline pulled out of a transaction to acquire LCC rival WOW Air.

Bogason has been at the carrier's helm on an interim basis since August 2018, following the resignation of former CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson. Bogason previously served as Icelandair Group's CFO, a role he assumed in October 2008. Before that he held CFO positions at Askar Capital and Icelandic Group.

Tatum To Lead Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s board of directors has announced the appointment of long-time tourism executive, Chris Tatum, as its new President and Chief Executive. Tatum is expected to begin work at HTA by the end of December.

Tatum, who moved to Hawai‘i as a youth, is an accomplished executive of Hawai‘i’s tourism industry, with an impressive career spanning 37 years at Marriott, where he is currently the area general manager for Marriott Resorts Hawai‘i. 

He has also served as the opening resident Manager of the Kaua‘i Marriott Resort and the JW Marriott in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and as the opening General Manager for the Brisbane Marriott Hotel in Australia.

Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau and he previously served as Chairman of both the Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association and O‘ahu Visitors Bureau.

WestJet Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

WestJet has appointed Arved von zur Muehlen to the position of Chief Commercial Officer. Arved joins WestJet on January 2, 2019, subject to Canadian Immigration approval.

Reporting to President and CEO, Ed Sims, Arved will lead WestJet’s commercial team with responsibility for all aspects of the commercial function including sales, marketing, product, network planning, revenue management, corporate development, airline partnerships and WestJet Vacations.

Arved brings more than 20 years of commercial aviation experience to WestJet and will be joining the airline from Malaysia Airlines, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer responsible for the sales, revenue management, network planning, marketing and branding, product development, digital and customer experience.

Aireon Adds New Executive Team Member

Aireon has announced that Peter Cabooter has joined the executive team, fulfilling a newly created position, Vice President of Customer Affairs. 

In addition to Cabooter’s new executive role, Cyriel Kronenburg, Aireon’s Vice President of Aviation Services, will now take on the responsibilities to lead Aireon’s regulatory, marketing, product development, commercial data services and partner development activities.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Appoints Monteith To FAA Associate Administrator for Commercial Space

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced Wayne R. Monteith has been appointed to the position of Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Monteith’s appointment is effective January 20, 2019.   

Monteith is a proven aerospace leader with nearly 30 years of planning and managing activities to integrate Department of Defense, civil, commercial, and intelligence community space capabilities. Monteith is a recently retired US Air Force Brigadier General who previously served as the Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and led operations for the busiest and most successful spaceport in the world. 

Monteith’s distinguished military career and extensive space background also include serving as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.  He also held the position of Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force (Space) and oversaw space policy, strategy, international engagement, and commercial partnerships while directly influencing a $100B budget.  Prior to that, Monteith was Commander 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. 

Monteith received a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, Washington, DC, and a Master of Science for Business Administration and Management at Leslie University, Cambridge, MA.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico.

Federal Aviation Administration Announces Key Appointments for Aircraft Certification & UAS Integration

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Earl Lawrence’s promotion to the Agency’s Executive Director for Aircraft Certification. Lawrence was previously Executive Director for the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. He succeeds Dorenda Baker, who retired November 30 after a distinguished aviation safety career.

Jay Merkle, Deputy Vice President for the FAA Air Traffic Organization’s Program Management Office, will become the new head of UAS Integration. The appointments are effective December 9, and both executives will report to FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety Ali Bahrami.

Lawrence is a veteran aviator with extensive aviation and leadership experience. Prior to managing the UAS Integration Office, Lawrence was Director of the FAA Small Airplane Directorate and was responsible for 17 aircraft certification and manufacturing district offices in 21 states. Before coming to the FAA in 2010, he served as Vice President for Industry and Regulatory Affairs at the Experimental Aircraft Association. 

Merkle has more than 25 years of engineering and program management experience in both the FAA and the defense industry. In his previous position within the Air Traffic Organization, Merkle supported the UAS Integration Office and was an architect of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. Prior to that, Merkle was a key manager in the FAA’s NextGen Air Transportation System Office.

Cadence Aerospace names new Director, Business Development & Contracts, Cadence Aerospace–Aerosystems

Cadence Aerospace, a provider of highly complex aerospace components and assemblies to commercial and defense customers, has appointed Vivian Martinez-Wells as Director, Business Development & Contracts, Cadence Aerospace–Aerosystems. 

Martinez-Wells joins the Company’s expanding Business Development team and will report to Robert Saia, Senior Vice President, Business Development for Cadence Aerospace.