BAE Systems named Steve Schneps vice president of operations for its Electronics & Integrated Solutions operating group. Schneps previously served as director of operations for several of the unit’s major lines of business – Information Warfare, and most recently Electronic Warfare. Before joining BAE Systems in 1999, Schneps was vice president of the electronic attack business area for the company’s legacy Marconi and Tracor businesses. Schneps began his 28-year career in aerospace and commercial businesses at United Technologies’ Norden Systems, where he held positions as program manager, operations program manager and plant manager. He also held senior positions at Easco Aluminum and E-Systems.
Innovative Solutions & Support, Exton, Pa., named Raymond J. Wilson CEO. Wilson will assume the CEO duties of company founder and current CEO and Chairman Geoffrey S.M. Hedrick over the next several months. Hedrick will continue to serve as chairman, focusing his efforts on business strategies and product development.
Prior to joining IS&S’ Board, Wilson served on the Executive Committee for Airbus, where he was executive vice president for procurement. Prior to the formation of Airbus as a company, Wilson served as a managing director for Airbus U.K. He also served on the Airbus Executive Board.
Landmark Aviation named Ken Farsi director of aircraft certification at Associated Air Center, a Landmark Aviation company at Dallas Love Field.
Farsi will lead the Certification Department and Designated Alteration Station (DAS), implementing the Design for Compliance program. He will also develop training curriculum for qualified staff members to pursue FAA certification. He has more than 22 years of industry experience, including his most recent work at L-3 Communications as DAS administrator.
In addition, Farsi has held the positions of Weights Engineer, Flight Operations Engineer, Aircraft Certification Engineer and Deputy DAS Administrator for companies including Lockheed, United Airlines, Galaxy Aerospace and Gulfstream Aerospace.
The company also promoted Brian Reid to vice president of aircraft certification, engineering and interior design at Associated Air Center at Dallas Love Field. Prior to joining Associated Air Center in 2006, Reid held engineering positions at Gulfstream Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Martin Marietta and British Aerospace.
AirCell named Sergio Aguirre OEM sales manager. Aguirre brings more than 20 years of industry experience to his new position, where he is responsible for managing a number of the company’s key business aviation OEM relationships.
Prior to joining AirCell, Aguirre held positions with Gulfstream Aerospace, Airshow, and Securaplane. Earlier, he was an Airframe Repair Specialist in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to being sold in the aftermarket through a network of dealers and distributors, AirCell products are offered as a factory option by virtually every airframe manufacturer in business aviation.
Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Lynnwood, Wash., named Todd Newell, pictured right, director of operational excellence for the Electronics Group, located in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Newell joins Crane Aerospace & Electronics from another Crane business group, Crane Valves North America, where he served as its operational excellence director since June 2005. Prior to Crane, Newell worked for GE as its Materials and Lean Sigma Manager.
The company also named Rich Weatherford vice president of operations for the Electronics Group. Weatherford will be responsible for operations of all Electronics Group sites including Redmond, Wash., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Chandler, Ariz., Beverly, Mass., Daventry, England, and Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Weatherford joins Crane from Rexnord Industries, of Downers’ Grove, Ill. He has more than 13 years of experience building and leading manufacturing operations and is a lean manufacturing process expert.
Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, appointed Walter "Woody" Hogle to vice president, Government Operations. Hogle succeeds Michael K. McDonald, who retired.
Hogle’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of governmental, regulatory, legislative liaison and industry affairs strategies; directing public policy in support of the company’s domestic and international business and developing strategies to address changes in government regulations.
In addition, Phil Jasper has been appointed to succeed Hogle as vice president and general manager of Integrated Systems. Jasper was most recently senior director of Air Force Programs for Rockwell Collins. His responsibilities will be to provide the direction of the Integrated Systems organization and align the resources to meet customer commitments. Jasper has 15 years of service with the company.
Era Corp., Alexandria, Va., named Axel Bensch regional director for the Asia Pacific region.
The company said Bensch will help expand Era’s presence through the provision of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions to air traffic control, military and airport operations.
According to the company, Bensch plans to establish a customer centric team based in Asia Pacific to meet the needs of the Asia Pacific Air Traffic Control, Military and Airport customers.