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Flight Safety Foundation announced that Dr. Hassan Shahidi, a long-time senior executive at the influential MITRE Corporation and a leader in aviation safety and air traffic management, will become its new president and CEO in January 2019. Shahidi will succeed Jon L. Beatty, who has led the Foundation for...
Evita “Evie” Garces, Managing Director of Maintenance Operations Control at American Airlines, was named the company’s new FAA-certificated Director of Maintenance (DOM). As the first female and the first Latina team member to occupy this position, American is making history as it upholds its commitment to diversity. As the new...
UPS announced that George Brooks has been appointed president for the Americas Region. Brooks takes over Romaine Seguin’s role, who has accepted a global assignment at UPS Corporate headquarters. George will be responsible for all UPS package and cargo operations in Canada and more than 50 countries and territories,...
UPS recently announced that Romaine Seguin has been appointed president of UPS Global Freight Forwarding. She will oversee air, ocean, and rail freight forwarding as well as brokerage and supplier management for the 220 countries and territories UPS serves around the world. Seguin began her career with UPS in...
JetBlue today announces the appointment of William Cade as the carrier’s new vice president, technical operations. Cade joins JetBlue early next month to oversee the airline’s maintenance, materials, quality, engineering and technical purchasing functions. He will be based in Long Island City, N.Y., and report to Warren Christie, JetBlue’s senior...
FlightSafety International announces that David Davenport and Ray Johns will lead the company as Co-CEOs. David will also serve as President, Commercial, and Ray as President, Government and Manufacturing. “We are honored and humbled to have been named to succeed Bruce Whitman,” said David and Ray. “We are thankful for...
FlightSafety International’s chairman, president and CEO Bruce Whitman, whose career with the flight training company spanned 57 years, died at the age of 85. During Whitman’s tenure, he made it his mission to reduce aviation accidents by creating programs that train pilots, not only for proficiency, but to increase...
A new chief executive has been named at Airbus. The European aircraft maker’s board picked insider Guillaume Faury to replace CEO Tom Enders in April. The 50-year-old Faury currently serves as president of Airbus’ commercial aircraft division. He was CEO of Airbus Helicopters from 2013 until February 2018. Board Chairman Denis...
On September 27, 2018, the Air France Board of Directors accepted Franck Terner’s resignation from his position of Air France CEO. Following Air France-KLM Board of Directors favorable vote, Benjamin Smith was appointed as Air France CEO for a transitional period ending no later than December 31, 2018. Anne-Marie Couderc,...
The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center’s Board of Trustees recently announced promotions of two key members of its executive team, Andrew Parton and Jennifer Baxmeyer, due to remarkable leadership of a diverse and expanding team, meaningful transformation into a STEM education center, and continued growth and success...

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