Dassault Aviation is poised to name a successor to long-standing chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne, who is due to retire on January 9 after more than half a century of service at the French aerospace group. A company spokesman told AIN today that an announcement of a successor will be made “in the next few days.”
Interviews with people of interest in aerospace, including those in industry, government and AIN’s “Bizav Warriors.” Topics include announcements of personnel changes, awards and final departures.
Markus Bucher, previously COO of Pilatus Aircraft, has been named CEO and chairman of the Swiss airframer’s executive board, effective January 1. He succeeds Oscar Schwenk, who will remain chairman of the board of directors.
Fractional aircraft provider Flexjet has named Deanna White as president. Previously she was Bombardier subsidiary’s v-p of finance and administration.
NBAA recently awarded five college students a $1,000 NBAA/UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship, open to anyone studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions. The 2012 recipients are Steven Santucci (Purdue University); Jonathan Sievert (University of North Dakota); Derek Stewert (Purdue University); Zachary Waller (University of North Dakota); and Maksym Wysocki (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University).
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen received this year’s Charles Lindbergh General Aviation Diploma from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) last Tuesday. The award is given for significant contributions to the progress and success of GA in either air sport or transportation, or in the work of international bodies concerned with GA. “[Ed] has had a major, positive impact on the world’s general aviation community for well over a decade and is a most worthy recipient of the Diploma,” said Jonathan Gaffney, president of the National Aeronautic Association, the U.S.
Lockheed Martin, the largest U.S. government contractor with $46 billion in annual sales, appointed its first female chief executive on November 9 after CEO-in-waiting Christopher Kubasik resigned over a “close personal relationship with a subordinate employee,” the company announced. The Bethesda, Md.-based company named Marillyn Hewson, 58, to take over as president and CEO on January 1, succeeding outgoing CEO Robert Stevens.
Rockwell Collins has named Robert Ortberg, formerly executive v-p and COO of the company’s government systems business, as president. He was succeeded by Philip Jasper, previously v-p of business development.
Gregg Slow, formerly senior v-p at NetJets, has been appointed as XOJet’s senior v-p of sales and national accounts.
Canadian MRO specialist Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has named Chris McDowell, former v-p of sales and business development with Heli-One, as v-p of sales and marketing.
Retaining current members, recruiting more carriers and developing a longer-term strategy are three key focus points for European Regions Airline Association (ERA) director-general (DG) designate Simon McNamara. Currently the deputy DG, at the end of this year he will replace incumbent Mike Ambrose, who is retiring after a quarter century leading an aviation lobby group that was something of a fledgling organization when he was appointed in 1986.
Regional-airline managers in Europe have moved promptly this year to offset lower traveler numbers by deploying smaller aircraft or reducing service frequency in a successful effort to increase passenger load factors by 2.9 percentage points. In the first six months of 2012 operators provided 6.4-percent fewer seats (compared with last year’s equivalent period) as passenger numbers fell by 2.9 percent.
Duncan Aviation has announced the promotion of Rodolfo Rodriguez to regional manager of its Mexico facility. Rodriguez, a retired Mexican Navy officer, is authorized as an engineer for piston and turbine engines. “We knew that Rodolfo would transition well into this new role,” said John Slieter, vice president of aircraft service sales for Duncan. “Mexico has long been an important market for us and we see opportunities for additional customer support in the region.”
Scholarship awards may have been the headliner for the annual Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) NBAA luncheon, but networking was definitely the theme of what is becoming one of the more prominent little meetings taking place within this one big meeting of some of the best minds and creative energy in business aviation today.