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TAGAviation appointed Jo Goodall CEO of TAG Europe and Steven Young CEO of TAG Asia. Head of Marketing at Farnborough Airport since 2007, Elaine Turner was named Global Marketing Director.
Web Manuals elected Jimmy Backstrom Chairman of the Board of Directors. Bäckström joined the board in 2016 and served as Chief Revenue Officer at inriver.
fly added Keith Rabin as chief financial officer. Rabin has over a decade of experience in private aviation, having previously served as President, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of JSX.
JSSI appointed Tim Elberfeld as Chief Financial Officer and Ken Goodman as Director of Underwriting. Elberfeld, who will also serve as chief information officer, has more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience, having previously worked at TransUnion and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Goodman, who served as JSSI’s CFO for six years, has more than 20 years of financial leadership experience, also holding executive positions at NetJets and Victoria’s Secret.
The National Air Transport Association (NATA) promoted Keith DeBerry to the COO and Karen Huggard to the Vice President of Government Affairs. DeBerry, who most recently served as senior vice president of safety and education for the association, previously had a 22-year federal career, including serving as director of the FAA Academy. Huggard has a background in public policy on Capitol Hill and spent 15 years as a strategic communications professional.
ATP bring Drew Plisco on board as CFO. Plisco has 15 years of experience in finance, having previously served as CFO at Holon Solutions and Infutor Data Solutions, as well as leadership positions at Sage Group, First Advantage and SAP.
Tonya Sudduth was appointed head of U.S. strategy for Bomber. Sudduth, who joined the business jet maker in 2001 from Koch Industries, had led Bombardier’s Wichita site since 2015, overseeing its expanded service center, Bombardier Flight Test Center, Learjet production and Global 5000 completions, among other operations.
Christopher Browne was named director John and Adrienne Mars of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Browne, who joined the museum in 2017 as deputy director and served as acting director, is a former U.S. Navy flight officer and has also held leadership positions at Ronald Regan National Airport in Washington. and Washington Dulles International Airport.
Kristie Greco Johnson joined NBAA as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. Johnson, who was chief of staff to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), brings 25 years of government and political experience to his post, including having served as a senior adviser to Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) in his leadership roles on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and as Democratic Whip, as well as in the communications branch at the FAA as deputy administrator.
The Alliance for Aviation Across America Mayor added Barbara Tolbert of Arlington, Washington, and Bob Broc, director of aviation and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), to its board of directors. Tolbert, a pilot, has been involved in aviation businesses for decades and served as executive director of the Arlington Fly-In. Brock joined KDOT as the first State Director for UAS after 22 years of service in the US Air Force.
The Association of Aircraft Repair Stations elected Alison McHugh to its board of directors. McHugh, who is vice president of safety and quality at Feam Aero and an adjunct faculty member at Miami Dade College, previously served with the National Air Transportation Association.
Chad Farischon joined West Star Aviation as Vice President of Strategic Development. Farischon has over 30 years of operations and management experience, previously co-founder and president and partner of Lynx FBO Network.
Nathan de Knock returned to JetHQ as Vice President of Operations and Steven Pinkerton was promoted to director of operations. He joined JetHQ in 2019 at its Kansas City headquarters after working as an FAA-licensed aeronautical engineer. Amelia Schaefer was promoted from head of market research to head of sales and Jennifer Steakinwho previously served as a research analyst at Amstat for five years, has joined the firm as a market analyst.
Woodward appointed William John Godsman as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Godsman has over 25 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, most recently as Vice President and Global Head of Business Development for GE and prior to that Vice President of Business Development for GE Aviation.
Matt Shelby joined Avports as Vice President of Business Development. Shelby brings 25 years of management experience to her new role, specializing in leasing opportunities and airport real estate development for airlines.
Aircraft maintenance Appointed professionals chris hicks director of sales and marketing. Hicks has 30 years of aircraft sales and customer support experience with Aviall, Dallas Airmotive, Signature Regional Maintenance Centers, Stage III Technologies, Dallas Aeronautical Services and Quiet Technology Aerospace.
Direct by satellite (SD) newly appointed Brian Roos Asia-Pacific Regional Director and appointed Kaviraj (Kavi) Nadarajah Regional Sales Manager, both in the new Singapore office. Roos has 20 years of aviation experience including airport operations, customer service, flight operations, flight support and charter flight management. Nadarajah, who began his 18-year aviation career as a dispatcher for commercial airlines, has also held positions at Hawker Pacific and Jet Aviation.
International Helicopter Association (HAI) appointed Francois Lassale as a special advisor for international initiatives. Lassale is CEO of Heli SGI in Denpasar Selatan, Bali, Indonesia, and previously served at HeliOffshore.
West Star Aviation promoted Mark Goodman and Scott Haeberle to lead the team of technicians at its plant in East Alton, Illinois, and Melanie Medina to NDT Lead at its facility in Grand Junction, Colorado. Goodman, who is in the Challenger department, joined West Star in 2011 after serving with Midcoast. Haeberle, who is part of the Bombardier department, has been with West Star since 2017 and was previously a senior interior technician for Jet Aviation. Medina, who began her aviation career while in high school dismantling engines for Western Skyways, has worked for West Star since 2012.
Dallas Aviation Services (DAS) named Brian Godard as a Component Repair Sales Sales/Regional Manager. Goddard, who started his career as an A&P technician, has worked at GE, AirReady and Nordam, as well as other MROs.
Duncan Aviation appointed Shawn Andrew as cell manager. Andrews spent 27 years at Kal-Aero and then Duncan (which had acquired Kal-Aero) and also worked for a government contractor in western Tokyo, Japan, as well as for Brooks Aero.
Aeronautical Cutter appointed Miranda Fernandez as a Denver-based Customer Relations Manager. Fernandez has over 15 years of aviation experience, starting with a TBM service center and also serving Pilatus Business Aircraft.
Paragon Aviation Group hiring Corianne O’Malley to serve as sales and marketing coordinator. O’Malley, who graduated from Texas State University in December 2019, interned at The Coca-Cola Company as a campus ambassador and worked in the marketing department at Chick-fil-A.
Polaris Aero added Linda Hirschfeld and Salvador Pettit as business executives. Hirschfeld previously spent more than 10 years at MedAire. Pettit has over 14 years of experience operating airplanes and helicopters, serving airlines in the United States and Latin America.
Awards and honors
Two aviation safety leaders from Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF)—President of the ACSF Bryan Burns and Vice President of Operations Russ Lawton—were presented with the 2022 Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) Business Aviation Meritorious Service Award. It was presented to the duo for their contribution to business aviation safety and chartered at the 67th Business Aviation Safety Summit in Savannah, Georgia.
“The ACSF-administered Aviation Safety Action Program has made a huge difference to safety in Part 135 and 91 operations, all thanks to the vision and leadership of Bryan Burns and Russ Lawton,” said said FSF President and CEO Dr. Hassan Shahidi, who presented the award.
This particular award has been given by the FSF since 1975 to recognize individuals whose work improves aviation safety for outstanding service and contributions to corporate aviation safety. Recipients included industry leaders, government officials, members of the news media and researchers whose findings were particularly relevant to business aviation.
JSfirm recently awarded an aeronautical mechanics student scholarship to jonathan robert, a retired veteran who works full time and studies aircraft maintenance technology at Columbus State Community College in Ohio. He is a member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Project Management Institute, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, as well as a service provider for its safety team local FAA.