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.

Rusada appoints Larry Strykowski as Director of Business Development

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Rusada has announced the appointment of Larry Strykowski as Director of Business Development.

Strykowski has a wealth of experience in the aviation software industry, having served as Managing Director Technology – MRO and Supply Chain Systems for both Continental Airlines and United Airlines, where he selected and implemented enterprise-wide solutions for Maintenance Planning and Technical Publications, as well as various MRO commercial products.

He also planned and initiated the complex consolidation of technical solutions when Continental and United merged in 2010. Strykowski then moved on to become Director of Technology for the Bristow Helicopter Group, where he spent 10 years implementing a host of enterprise solutions.

In his role for Rusada, Strykowski will help drive the company’s growth in North America, using his extensive industry experience to bring the company’s ENVISION software to operators and maintainers across the continent. As part of his remit, he will look to forge new strategic partnerships that facilitate fast and effective software deployment whilst strengthening Rusada’s existing relationships.

Julian Stourton, CEO at Rusada commented:

“Larry’s comprehensive experience attained from both the fixed wing and rotary sides of the industry make him the ideal person to bolster our efforts in North America. His unique customer perspective will be an invaluable tool for improving ENVISION and its delivery.”

Larry Strykowski, Director of Business Development at Rusada said:

“I am incredibly excited to be joining Rusada, a company that has experienced strong and consistent growth over the last few years, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic. I am very much looking forward to working with our customers here in North America and hope to add many more in the years to come.”

Hartzell Propeller appoints new VP of Engineering and Flight Safety

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Hartzell Propeller, the leading aircraft propeller manufacturer, has implemented an engineering leadership transition. Vice President of Engineering and Flight Safety Bruce Hanke is retiring in July, with his duties being assumed by 21-year veteran GE Aviation engineering leader Doug Washburn, who recently joined Hartzell Propeller.

“Bruce Hanke, with over four decades of engineering and leadership experience, leaves a legacy of many achievements during his 20 years at Hartzell,” said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge. “Bruce’s accomplishments include development of composite-bladed propellers, light weight Bantam and Raptor series propeller systems, compact governors, in-house propeller deice and anti-ice system design and manufacturing, and improvements in the flight safety of Hartzell products,” Frigge added.

“We very much appreciate Bruce’s leadership and are looking forward to Doug Washburn’s contributions in the years to come,” Frigge said. “Doug has a wealth of experience in the design, testing, and certification of aviation components.”

Frigge added, “He spent his first years at GE in testing, with a focus on instrumentation and airfoil vibration, so his background integrates well with Hartzell’s future objectives.” Using an innovative blend of sophisticated engineering analytics, certification skills and world class manufacturing technologies, Hartzell is working closely with many OEMs within emerging industries to fine-tune propeller applications.

“We have dedicated tens of thousands of engineering hours to electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered aircraft since 2019. We continue to make advancements in tooling, manufacturing processes, and lightweighting materials,” said Frigge.

Washburn’s experience at GE Aviation includes numerous engineering management roles with skills in mechanical design, analysis and testing, organizational leadership, project management, fiber optic systems, and team building. He has a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University, both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.