Northrop Grumman named Teri G. Marconi vice president of the combat avionics business unit for its Electronic Systems sector. Marconi will have executive responsibility for the company’s combat avionics portfolio, including radar and sensor avionics systems for the F-35 Lightning II, B-l, F-22A and other aircraft, and programs transitioning from the company’s Advanced Concepts and Technology Division.
Marconi joined the company in 1985 and has held a variety of professional and management positions in program management, subcontract management, marketing and business development.
In 1995, Marconi was named manager of U.K. Airborne Warning and Control System programs and most recently served as director of Airborne Warning Systems.
API Nanotronics, a supplier of electronic components to the defense and communications sectors, named Martin Moskovits chief technology officer.
Moskovits will be responsible for the company’s research and development efforts in nanotechnology. One of his first responsibilities will be to oversee the development of the company’s Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems fabrication facility. Previously, Moskovits was the Dean of Science at UC Santa Barbara.
Era Corp., Alexandria, Va., named Fred Messina vice president of corporate development. Messina will be responsible for strengthening Era’s customer relationships and building business alliances. Messina has more than 20 years of leadership in strategic corporate development, program management, government affairs and technology innovation.
Prior to joining Era, Messina was vice president of strategic programs at Sensis Corp. Messina also held leadership positions at Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon.
AAR Corp., Wood Dale, Ill., named Peter K. Chapman chief commercial officer. In this expanded role, Chapman will be responsible for leading AAR’s commercial marketing strategy and expansion into new markets. Chapman joined AAR in 1997 as vice president of marketing and business development.
Prior to AAR, Chapman was president and CEO of Young Brothers Development Co., Ltd., a holding company in Hong Kong. Before that, he was president of Douglas Aircraft - China and president and CEO of Dalfort Aviation.
During his carrier, he has also held positions at United Technologies, which included president and CEO, United Technologies International, Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky Aircraft.
Raytheon named Blaine A. Salvador vice president of Mission Support Solutions and Integrated Range and Installation Solutions product lines for its Raytheon Technical Services Co. (RTSC). Salvador will be responsible for the management of the two product lines that are part of the RTSC business unit, Integrated Support Services. Salvador joined Raytheon from Lockheed Martin, where he served as the director of Logistics Solutions and was responsible for growing the logistics business within its Information and Technology Services business area.
Rexnord Aerospace Group, Wheeling, Ill., named David E. Conrad vice president, sales and marketing.
Most recently, Conrad was senior director of business development of Goodrich Corp., Cargo Systems, where he led business development efforts in Korea, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Earlier he held senior business development positions with Aero Union Corp., Tecstar and Allied Signal.
A division of Rexnord Industries, Rexnord Aerospace Group makes specialty aerospace bearing products, mechanical seals and other products for applications in flight controls, engine controls and landing gear systems.
Unmanned aircraft systems company Proxy Aviation Systems, Germantown, Md., named Jim Carter director of business development.
Carter has more than 28 years of operational flying experience. He retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he last served as vice commander of the 53 Wing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the Air Combat Commands Operational Test Wing for all combat aircraft and weapon systems.
After retiring from the Air Force, Carter worked with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (APL), where he was the systems engineering integration team lead to the Joint Integrated Project Team for a tri-service effort to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace.
TrueNorth Avionics, Ottawa, Canada, named Clark Gordon vice president of sales.
Gordon’s responsibilities include establishing and maintaining an international dealer network for the company. Gordon previously worked for Bendix, in its General Aviation Avionics Division, Duncan Aviation and EMS Satcom. Gordon is a licensed pilot and is the chairman of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association.
QinetiQ North America Operations, the U.S. subsidiary of international defense and security technology company QinetiQ, named Robert Topping president and COO. Topping was formerly president and CEO of Westar Aerospace & Defense Group, which was acquired by QinetiQ in 2004.
J. Garrett Martz replaces Topping as president of Westar. He will be responsible for directing the strategy of its business development, financial, legal, communications and human resources initiatives. Martz was most recently Westar’s COO. He joined the company in 2003 following Westar’s acquisition of ELMCO Inc., where he was president and COO.