Robert Hollander Named EVP, Business Development At GrandView Aviation

GrandView Aviation named Robert Hollander as Executive Vice President of Business Development.

Most recently Robert was a US Sales Director at Embraer Executive Aircraft and before that spent many years at Cessna Aircraft Company primarily focused on international sales and marketing as Asia Sales Director. He is an active pilot and holds a Masters of Management degree (MBA) from Northwestern's University's J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.

Embraer Commercial Aviation Appoints Ron Baur SVP, Global Leasing & Strategy

Embraer Commercial Aviation has named Ron Baur Senior Vice President, Global Leasing and Strategy. Effective September 15th, Baur will combine his new lessor-focused responsibilities with his current strategy role. He will report directly to Arjan Meijer, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation. 

Baur is an experienced aviation professional who recently joined Embraer from United Airlines. During his 27 years at United and Continental, he was responsible for acquiring all new mainline and regional aircraft, managing the acquisition and return of all leased aircraft, and lessor relationships. During his tenure, Baur acquired, re-marketed and sold more than 750 aircraft with lessors around the world.

Edmond Rose Appointed CEO Of Airport Coordination Ltd

The Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) Board has announced the appointment of Edmond Rose as the company’s newly appointed CEO, effective immediately.

Edmond, a former Board member of ACL, brings 20 years’ aviation industry experience to the role, including expertise in airline regulatory affairs for Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. Edmond more recently served on Virgin Atlantic’s leadership team as Commercial Director, responsible for network and schedule planning.

Stefano Bortoli Appointed CEO Of ATR

ATR has appointed Stefano Bortoli, currently President of the ATR Board and Senior Vice President Strategy, Marketing Development and Sales of Leonardo Aircraft Division, as new CEO of ATR effective immediately. This follows the announcement last week by Airbus appointing Christian Scherer as its Chief Commercial Officer.

Stefano Bortoli has a deep knowledge and understanding of the company, the aviation industry and the regional market.  He held various top management positions and has an international background, providing the right profile and experience to continue the positive developments at ATR.

Air Seychelles Appoints Remco Althuis As CEO

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, has confirmed the appointment of Remco Althuis as its new Chief Executive Officer.

With an aviation career spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Althuis started his career at KLM where he worked across various functions including ground services, e-commerce, revenue management as well as sales and marketing.   

Joining Etihad Airways in 2012 he was appointed as the General Manager for China, overseeing the expansion of the airline’s route network in the region and driving revenue growth in Greater China, before moving up to the Regional General Manager Europe position.

Christian Scherer Appointed Airbus Chief Commercial Officer

Airbus has appointed Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), succeeding Eric Schulz.

Scherer, CEO of ATR since October 2016, held many senior management positions within the Group. At Airbus, where he started his career in 1984, Scherer was Head of Contracts, Leasing Markets and Deputy Head of Sales as well as Head of Strategy and Future Programs. At Airbus Defense and Space, he headed Marketing & Sales.

Cadence Aerospace Appoints New VP, General Manager Of Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool

Cadence Aerospace, a provider of highly complex aerospace components and assemblies to commercial and defense customers, announces the appointment of Richard Brighenti as Vice President, General Manager of Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool, effective immediately.

In his new role, Mr. Brighenti will oversee all operations at Cadence Aerospace-Tell Tool, including employees, production, and lean and safety initiatives. He will report directly to Tom Hutton, Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Aerospace.

Bauer Takes Up Leadership Of Eurowings

Frank Bauer has been appointed to the roles of Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings.

Bauer has been responsible for finance, human resources and technology at the carrier since the start of the month. 

He succeeds Jörg Beissel, who is joining the Lufthansa Group after three years as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer at Eurowings.

Alaska Airlines Promotes Shane Tackett To EVP, Planning & Strategy

Alaska Airlines announced the promotion of Shane Tackett to Executive Vice President of Planning & Strategy.

Tackett, an 18-year veteran of Alaska, will oversee financial planning and analysis, revenue analysis, e-commerce and business transformation. He will also lead the labor relations team.

Tackett previously served as the airline's Senior Vice President of Revenue & e-Commerce. He began his career with Alaska Airlines in 2000 as an analyst and has since held several positions of increasing responsibility, including Vice President of Revenue Management and e-Commerce and previously Vice President of Labor Relations.

Tackett studied at Pacific Lutheran University and holds an executive MBA from the University of Washington. He serves his community on the board of Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington.

ST Engineering Appoints New Head for its US Headquarters

ST Engineering has announced the appointment of Tom Vecchiolla as President & CEO (Designate) of its US Headquarters, VT Systems.  He will succeed Retired General John Coburn on December 1, 2018, who will relinquish his CEO position but remain as non-executive Chairman of VT Systems. 

Gen. Coburn has been helming VT Systems for 17 years since it was set up in 2001 to support the Group’s overseas expansion. Today, the US is the Group’s single largest market outside of Singapore, with operating companies and major operations in 16 cities, contributing more than 20% to Group revenue. 

Tom brings with him a wealth of experience in the defense industry, with 17 years in the private sector and 24 years in the public and military sector. Prior to joining VT Systems, he founded his consultancy firm based in Washington D.C. to provide senior advisory services for global aerospace and defence clients.  From 2002 to 2017, Tom was with Raytheon Company, where he held several executive management positions in business development & strategy as well as sales & marketing. His last position was President, Raytheon International, Inc., where he oversaw the international sales and marketing efforts for more than 80 nations globally.

Tom holds a Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and Bachelor of Science from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. 

Bill Collins Named President, Airframe Services at HAECO Americas

HAECO Americas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the HAECO Group, announced that Bill Collins will join the company’s leadership team as President of Airframe Services. In this role, he will oversee the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business segment of HAECO Americas.

Mr. Collins has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry, leading MRO operations. Previously, he worked with the Bristow Group as Senior Vice President of Flight and Technical Operations, and with American Airlines as Corporate Vice President of Technical Operations. He has also held senior sales and operational roles within GE Aviation.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and an Executive Development certificate from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Sabre Names Cem Tanyel To Lead Airline Solutions

Sabre Corporation has named Cem Tanyel as Sabre Executive Vice President and President of Airline Solutions, effective September 10, and will report to Travel Solutions President, Dave Shirk.

Tanyel is a seasoned technology leader having held executive roles in product development, professional services and industry solutions general management over a career spanning more than 25 years. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Professional Services at Kony, a leader in mobile application development and digital solutions serving the financial services, healthcare and travel industries.

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) Chief Operating Officer Appointed to the Defense Business Board

Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has announced that ATS COO Paul Dolan was appointed to the Department of Defense Business Board. The Defense Business Board provides the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense, as well as other senior leaders, trusted independent and objective advice which reflects an outside private sector perspective on proven and effective best business practices for consideration and potential application to the Department.

Paul joined ATS as Chief Commercial Officer in early 2016. Prior to ATS, Paul gained deep aerospace industry experience in executive leadership positions with Chromalloy and served for nine years in the U.S. Navy as an F/A-18 Strike Fighter Pilot.

He holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, an MS in Aeronautical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a BS with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Gulfstream Names John King Director Of Field And Airborne Support Teams

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently appointed John King as Director of its Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST) Operations.

King joined Gulfstream in 2013 and most recently managed Gulfstream's FAST teams in Hayward, Long Beach and Van Nuys, California; Las Vegas and Seattle. He has more than 25 years of experience in the aviation industry.

He has earned a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration aircraft and powerplant license and is a U.S. Army veteran.

Lufthansa Technik Supervisory Board Appoints New Head of Technical Operations, Logistics & IT

The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG has appointed Sören Stark to the Executive Board, effective January 1, 2019. Stark will be responsible for the areas Fleet Services, Base Maintenance, Components, Logistics, IT and Quality Management. 

Stark, who holds an advanced degree in industrial engineering, will take over from Dr. Thomas Stüger who is retiring at the end of 2018 after 14 years as a Member of the Executive Board and after over 25 years with Lufthansa Technik. He helped shape the successful course of the company, most notably in advancing its internationalization.

The Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Cargo will appoint a successor for Sören Stark in the near future.


Finnair Appoints Financier As New CEO

Finland’s national carrier Finnair has appointed financial specialist Topi Manner as CEO. He will take up his position Jan. 1, 2019.

The move follows the May announcement by CEO Pekka Vauramo that he was moving on to become CEO of Finnish industrial machinery company Metso Corp.

Vauramo has now left the airline. His position will be filled on an interim basis until Manner’s arrival by CFO Pekka Vähähyyppä.

Manner has had a lengthy career in a series of management positions at Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordic countries. His roles have included head of personal banking and since 2016 he has been a member of Nordea’s group executive management.

A4A Names Patricia Vercelli Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Airlines for America (A4A) announced that Patricia Vercelli has been named Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Vercelli brings to the association more than 20 years of experience in the airline financial services industry.

Vercelli joins A4A from UATP, the airline-owned travel payment system. UATP was formerly a division of A4A and for 15 years, Vercelli managed the legal affairs of UATP guiding them through multifaceted regulatory hurdles in the international arena relative to streamlining the payment processing of transactions between UATP airline members and corporate customers.

Prior to joining UATP, Vercelli worked for Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP and Sallie Mae, Inc. A member in good standing with multiple bar associations, Vercelli holds a Master of Laws in International Law (LLM) from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor (JD) from The American University.

Gulf Air Names New Chief Commercial Officer

Gulf Air, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, recently announced the appointment of Mr. Vincent Coste as the airline’s new Chief Commercial Officer, effective September 2018.

Coming with a wealth of aviation business experience, Mr. Coste spent 25 years in various commercial roles with airlines in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He joins Gulf Air from his recent post as Chief Commercial Officer in Kenya Airways where he spent the last 2 years.

Goldberg Appointed Chief Digital Officer At Wizz Air

Wizz Air has appointed Joel Goldberg to the newly-created position of Chief Digital Officer. Goldberg, currently Senior Director Technology, Europe for Nike, will take up his position on October 1st.

Owain Jones, currently the company’s Chief Corporate Officer, becomes the Managing Director of Wizz Air-UK effective September 2018.

Marion Geoffroy, currently Head of Legal, will succeed Mr. Jones as Chief Corporate Officer and was also effective September 2018. Marion will be responsible for the legal, human resources and facilities functions.

Engine Lease Finance President & CEO, Jon Sharp, to retire

Jon Sharp will retire at the end of this year from his long-serving position as Engine Lease Finance’s (ELF) President & CEO. Sharp founded the company in 1989, pioneering the spare engine operating lease industry.

ELF’s Chief Operating Officer, Tom Barrett, will succeed Sharp as President & CEO. Barrett, who qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in 1989, has been with ELF since 1990.

In addition to this appointment, ELF’s Chief Commercial Officer, Joe O’Brien, will become Deputy CEO in addition to his current role as CCO; O’Brien has had 22 years involvement with ELF.

Jon Sharp will continue as a part-time consultant to ELF after his retirement and will continue to share his industry experience by writing press articles and by speaking at conferences.