Jetstar announces new CEO

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Qantas Group have announced Stephanie Tully as the new Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar, following the June 2022 announcement that ex-CEO, Gareth Evans, would leave his role by the end of 2022.

Stephanie joined the carrier in 2004, and has worked across various aspects of the business to progressively more senior roles. She most recently served as Chief Customer Officer for the Group in 2019.

In the meantime, Markus Svensson will be promoted to step into the position Tully leaves as Chief Customer Officer. Both will start transitioning to their new roles with a formal handover in November.

Announcing the changes, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said: “These appointments come at an important time for us. The team is working incredibly hard to overcome challenges facing the whole industry as it gets back on its feet, and the data shows we’re almost there. Managing this kind of executive renewal internally means we keep our momentum and can leverage a huge amount of corporate knowledge, including through the transition.

He added: “Stephanie has worked across several different parts of the airline, from crewing to marketing, and has a deep understanding of customer experience. She’s an outstanding leader and she’ll be leading a very experienced senior team at Jetstar to keep building on the strengths of that business.”

Pieter Elbers named as Indigo’s new CEO

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Effective from the 6th September, Pieter Elbers has been named as IndiGo’s new CEO. Former KLM CEO, Pieter replaces Ronojoy Dutta who was scheduled to retired from the airline as its CEO at the end of September.

A veteran of the aviation industry, starting his career in 1992, Elbers has held several managerial positions across the globe, in Japan, Greece, and Italy, before becoming the Chief Executive Officers at KLM in 2014. The competition in the Indian aviation sector is due to become much tougher, with the arrival of another new low-fare carrier, Akasa Air, entering the fray.

“We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Pieter Elbers as the Chief Executive Officer of the company. India promises to be the last bastion of enormous growth globally and given Elbers’ deep understanding of the business, his legendary leadership qualities coupled with his energy and passion, we are ever so confident that under his stewardship, IndiGo will play a pivotal role in this growth opportunity,” said Rahul Bhatia, Managing Director and co-promoter of IndiGo in a statement released in May.

RAA names Jennifer Iversen as new VP Aviation Operations and Regulatory Affairs

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Jennifer Iversen has been announced as the RAA’s new Vice President, Aviation Operations & Regulatory Affairs, to start in September. She will overtake Bill Whyte in the role, who is set to retire at the end of August.

“I am profoundly grateful to Bill for his service during such a critical time and wish him the very best in his retirement,” said Faye Malarkey Black, RAA CEO. “In addition, I am excited and confident in the important role Jennifer will play in helping us serve our members and protect regional air service.”

Iversen joins the RAA with a strong background in aviation, previously serving as the Manager of Flight Operations, Regulatory Compliance for United Airlines. She currently chairs the Operations Specifications (OpSpec) Working Group comprised of industry stakeholders working to develop consensus positions and making recommendations to the FAA related to FAA Orders, Advisory Circulars (ACs), and other regulatory documents.

“I am excited to join the team at RAA and work with the aviation industry and government stakeholders to promote the aviation industry and continued access to commercial aviation in small communities,” said Iversen.

AirAsia X appoints Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy as Chairman

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AirAsia X (AAX) has appointed Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. As the new Chairman, he plans to focus on driving corporate growth strategies and overseeing the board and senior leadership team.

Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy initially joined AAX as an Independent Non-Executive Director on 27 June 2022. He will succeed Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who held the Chairman role since 2013 and recently announced her resignation from the board, effective 1 July 2022.

AAX Co-founder and Group Acting CEO Tony Fernandes said: “We are thrilled to welcome Tunku Dato’ Fawzy as the new Chairman of the Board. He brings a wealth of expertise and extensive board experience including as a chair with a strong 30-year track record in numerous high profile international leadership roles spanning corporate investment, finance and more.”

“With this appointment, we will be able to combine the strengths of an entrepreneur-led company with continued drive towards strong corporate governance.

AAX Chairman Tunku Dato’ Mahmood Fawzy said: “This is an exciting time for AAX and I look forward to being involved closely with the leadership team to boost AAX’s long-term vision and strategy to become the most popular and profitable medium to long haul carrier across Asia and beyond.”

Malachy McEnroe named as MAAS Aviation’s Chief Financial Officer

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MAAS Aviation has announced the appointment of Malachy McEnroe as Chief Financial Officer.

An experienced international CFO and board member, McEnroe has worked in finance and business for over 25 years, most recently in the international logistics equipment leasing sector. As part of the company’s C-Suite Team and a board member, Malachy’s role at MAAS will focus on supporting the business growth strategy and future investments, while driving day-to-day financial and operational improvements.

“Malachy will be a great asset to our team and we are delighted to welcome him on board,” comments Tim Macdougald, MAAS Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am looking forward to working closely with Malachy to develop and implement the sustainable, robust financial structures necessary to support our growth, enhance our financial communications and ensure our ongoing investments deliver for our customers and stakeholders.”

McEnroe has held senior finance roles at both GE and HNA and served as a non-executive director at German-based international modular construction specialist, Cadolto GmbH. “MAAS has a great track record and an excellent market reputation. Their experienced and knowledgeable management team has a ‘can do’ attitude and serious growth ambitions. It was these attributes, combined with the support of a focused and committed investment Group in Egeria, that attracted me to join the business,” comments McEnroe. “We have exciting development plans, and I am looking forward to being part of that journey.”

McEnroe will be based between MAAS’ facilities in the Netherlands and Dublin but plans to have a strong presence at all of the Group’s operational facilities in Lithuania, Germany, and Alabama, USA.

FIA2022: Deutsche Aircraft appoints Anastasija Visnakova as its new VP Sales & Marketing

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Deutsche Aircraft announces today the appointment of Anastasija Visnakova as its new VP Sales & Marketing, effective August 1st, 2022. Anastasija brings to Deutsche Aircraft over 15 years of aviation experience, gained both in the airline and aircraft OEM [Original Equipment Manufacturer] industries. Anastasija has held various executive positions in Air Baltic, Primera Air and DeHavilland Aircraft of Canada, focusing on sales, marketing, market development, and business development.

Leveraging her significant aviation and regional aviation experience, Anastasija will be responsible for all aircraft sales, including the D328eco™ aircraft, the legacy D328® aircraft, as well as overseeing marketing activities, overall communications and customer experience.

Anastasija Visnakova holds bachelor degrees in both social sciences and law. She is currently completing a LL.M. degree at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on Innovation and Technology. She also attended Harvard Business School and the Stockholm School of Economics, focusing on business administration, leadership and aviation management.

“I am excited to join Deutsche Aircraft as Vice President Sales and Marketing to further work on developing the product, the commercial team, the customer portfolio for D328eco™, as well as the legacy D328® business. Providing technology to the most modern standards, in combination with a reduced environmental footprint in operation and production, I believe that the D328eco™ is a fantastic product that will provide operators with the best choice in the market of turboprops up to 50 seats. At the same time this aircraft will be a great replacement for older regional jets up to 70 seats. Deutsche Aircraft have an amazing team of great professionals I am truly honoured to join: I am looking forward to working together with the team towards our goals.”

Deutsche Aircraft says: ”We are very pleased to have Anastasija joining the senior management team whilst we progress with the current programme and research activities”. “Her knowledge of the regional market gained in her previous positions will be an asset for us.”

Deutsche Aircraft’s new D328eco™ is being developed to deliver significant improvements in operational and maintenance costs as well as reductions in the overall carbon footprint. This is in line with their vision and strategic road-map to support a more sustainable future for aviation. The D328eco™ will offer maximum flexibility from normal aviation fuel, to a blend, and up to 100% H2-PtL. H2PtL has a similar CO2 footprint compared with H2 direct burn.

The aircraft will be assembled in the paperless production line at Leipzig/Germany. All parameters are in high demand in the current aviation environment and we already see an increased interest in the D328eco™ from our potential customers and partners.

ATR appoints Antonio Di Gennaro as Senior Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer

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The ATR Board members appointed Antonio Di Gennaro as Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer as of 1 July 2022. He brings with him over fifteen years’ experience as a Finance and Operations business leader and joins ATR from PZL Świdnik, a Leonardo Helicopters company, where he was Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Management Board since 2018.

Prior to this, Antonio has held several international positions in the Aerospace & Defense Industry in both military and civil sectors. He has a strong background in Operations, Manufacturing, Customer Service & Sales, and business integration between cross cultural organisations. Antonio started his career at Alenia Aermacchi (merged in 2016 into Leonardo).

ATR welcomes Antonio to this new position where he will bring true added value in supporting the leading aircraft manufacturer in its innovations and continuous development and in its purpose to connect people and businesses in a responsible way now and in the future.

AirAsia X appoints new Independent Non-Executive Director

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AirAsia X (AAX), the medium to long-haul affiliate airline of AirAsia Aviation Group, has announced the appointment of Farouk Kamal as Independent Non Executive Director, effective immediately, following the company’s recent confirmation of a new strategy to transform low-cost, long-haul air travel.

The appointment of Farouk Kamal reflects a new era for AAX as the airline embarks on a new strategic direction for a sustainable and viable future.

AAX Senior Independent Non-Executive Director and Nomination Committee member Dato’ Fam Lee Ee said: “We are thrilled to welcome onboard Farouk Kamal, who brings a wealth of experience and corporate governance oversight in the areas of finance, investments, equity raising, corporate transformation and diversification. He will help inject a fresh perspective for the new strategic direction of our relaunched AAX and support the upcoming initiatives AAX is preparing to undertake.”

AAX Co-founder and Non-Independent Executive Director Tony Fernandes said, “Farouk is coming in at a great time as AAX had record sales this week. We look forward to his contribution as an experienced board member. AAX is an important part of our overall group expansion strategy which completes the broad ecosystem of portfolio companies and overarching transformation goal to become the global leading travel and lifestyle platform of choice.”

AAX Independent Non-Executive Director Farouk Kamal said:”This is an exciting time to join AAX as it resumes operations as a new look airline and embarks on a journey to revolutionise great value medium to long-haul air travel across Asean and beyond, to Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe. I’m confident of AAX’s new chapter as a combination carrier, focused equally on cargo and passengers to make flying longer haul commercially viable and as affordable as possible for our guests.

“I look forward to working with the AAX board, AAX CEO Benyamin Ismail and the senior leadership team to help take the airline to new heights.”

Rob van de Graaf appointed Commercial Director of EPCOR

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EPCOR is pleased to announce Rob van de Graaf will join EPCORs management team as Commercial Director. Rob van de Graaf builds upon an impressive career in various regions in Europe, the United States and Asia.

Rob van de Graaf states: “I am excited to join the EPCOR family and to help continue to build and grow EPCOR’s business with innovative solutions in anticipation of market needs. With EPCOR’s strong customer focus we will continue to put the customer at the centre of all we do.”

Rob started his 30-year aviation career in 1988 at Fokker Aircraft working in the customer support organization. He gained experience at AAR in various commercial roles and was involved in various customer support, business development and sales roles. Rob was involved in the development for a component maintenance facility in China where he was based in Shanghai.

In the Asia Pacific region, Rob worked for HEICO and MTU where he was successful in engine contracts with various carriers in South-Korea, Indonesia and Australia. After a short adventure in Turbine Aero, he was asked to lead the commercial department of EPCOR. It fitted his desire to return to his roots in The Netherlands.

Dominik Wiener-Silva, Managing Director of EPCOR states: “I am delighted to welcome Rob on board. With his thorough knowledge of both component and APU market, he will be a valuable asset to achieve our growth ambitions.”

Rick Deurloo Succeeds Carroll Lane as President of Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines

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Pratt & Whitney today named Rick Deurloo president of its Commercial Engines business. In this position, Rick will retain his current responsibilities as senior vice president and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Pratt & Whitney while assuming overall leadership of the Commercial Engines business from Carroll Lane, who has elected to leave the company for another leadership opportunity. Deurloo will assume this expanded role effective immediately and will continue to report to Pratt & Whitney President Shane Eddy.

“Pratt & Whitney’s commercial engines business is well positioned for long-term success thanks to its technology and product offerings across a strong portfolio of major platforms such as the GTF, V2500 and mature engines,” said Pratt & Whitney President Shane Eddy. “That momentum will continue and grow with Rick, who brings a wealth of experience and a deep knowledge of our commercial customers to this expanded role. I’m confident the commercial business will continue to deliver on our customers’ high expectations under Rick’s leadership.”

Deurloo joined the former United Technologies Corporation in 1998 and has more than 20 years of experience in management and sales in the global aerospace industry. Prior to his role as senior vice president and CCO, where he was responsible for leading and directing all Sales, Marketing and Customer Support worldwide for Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines and International Aero Engines (IAE), Deurloo held other senior leadership positions including regional vice president of sales for the Americas.

Lane has held leadership roles with the former United Technologies Corporation and Pratt & Whitney for more than nine years, including president of the Commercial Engines business for the past two and a half years, where he led the organization through the pandemic as well as the realignment of the Commercial Engines business.

“We thank Carroll for his leadership in Commercial Engines, and for his decade of distinguished service at Pratt & Whitney and the former United Technologies Corporation,” Eddy said.