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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...
The Port Authority announced that it will launch a nationwide search for a new director of its Port Department to succeed Molly Campbell, who will leave her position on October 26 to become a 2019 University Fellow as part of Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Ms. Campbell joined the Port...
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...
John Selden, currently deputy general manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), has been selected as the new general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, effective October 1. The appointment was announced Tuesday morning September 11th by Atlanta Mayor Lance Bottoms, though it still must be approved by the...
Delta Air Lines Cargo has appointed Rafael Figueroa as managing director – cargo operations and customer experience. Figueroa joins Delta from Aeromexico Cargo and replaces Julian Soell. The appointment is part of an international talent exchange program between Delta and Aeromexico. He will lead a team of over 1,600 employees,...
Boeing has named Brendan Curran president of Boeing AvionX, an organization formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems. Curran, who has more than 20 years of aerospace industry leadership, joins Boeing from Crane Co., where he served as president of the Aerospace &...
United Airlines announced Jake Cefolia has been promoted to senior vice president of worldwide sales. A veteran sales leader, he will be responsible for directing the efforts of a team of 725 sales professionals who manage sales programs, services, relationships and revenue with corporations, travel management companies and distributors...