Thursday, April 1, 2010
Sagem Avionics, Grand Prairie, Texas, appointed Larry Alexandre CEO. He succeeds Jean Baudin, who moved to a corporate position within Sagem.
Alexandre has held a variety of leadership positions in operations and sales and marketing with Teleflex Aerospace, and most recently with Turbomeca, a company of the propulsion branch of the Safran group. He joined the Safran group in 2005 as chief operating officer for Turbomeca USA.
In 2008, his role expanded to that of COO for Turbomeca, where he was given operational leadership for Turbomeca do Brasil and Turbomeca Canada in addition to Turbomeca USA.
Rockwell Collins Management
Rockwell Collins announced a series of management moves.
Greg Churchill, previously executive vice president and chief operating officer, Government Systems, has been named executive vice president, International and Service Solutions.
Kelly Ortberg, previously executive vice president and chief operating officer, Commercial Systems, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer, Government Systems.
Kent Statler, previously executive vice president, Rockwell Collins Services, has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer, Commercial Systems.
International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News., Va., named Jo Kremsreiter as Western region sales director for its line of General Aviation aeronautical communications systems and solutions.
Kremsreiter most recently served as U.S. sales manager for Iridium products for special use applications. He has also managed green aircraft completion projects and refurbishments and served as an avionics department manager. He will be based in St. Louis, Mo.
Carl Esposito was named vice president, marketing and product management, for Honeywell Aerospace. He is responsible for strategic planning, marketing, product management, mergers, acquisitions and marketing communications for Honeywell’s $11 billion Aerospace strategic business group.
Esposito has been with Honeywell since 1990. Previously, he was vice president of avionics marketing and product management for avionics and flight control systems. Before that, he was vice president of Business & General Aviation for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India region; vice president of the Gulfstream/Israeli Aircraft Industries business segment; vice president of OEM account management and sales; director of business aviation program management and systems integration; and director of strategic planning and new business development for electronics/engines systems.
OnAir, based in Geneva, named Richard Briffod director of business development for Mobile Network Operators.
Briffod heads up Mobile OnAir Advanced Inflight Applications as well as the development and implementation of strategic partnerships with mobile network operators worldwide.
Before joining OnAir, Briffod spent more than 10 years as a strategy consultant and marketing executive in the technology, telecommunications and media industries, working for Monitor Company and Oliver Wyman. Over the last five years, he worked for Orange Switzerland as marketing director for consumer and business to business markets.
King Aerospace Commercial Corp., of Addison, Texas, named Gary Hodak director of technical services. Hodak will oversee large aircraft refurbishment programs at the firm’s modification facility in Ardmore, Okla. His responsibilities include developing and maintaining relationships with avionics, OEM and special-mission equipment manufacturers.
Airbus Management Appointments
Airbus named Didier Lux executive vice president of Customer Services. Lux, who joined Airbus in 2004, was most recently executive vice president of Quality. He succeeds Charles Champion, who has named executive vice president of engineering.
Lux began his career as a flight test engineer at the French DGAC before joining Air Inter, where he held positions in operations and maintenance. After the Air France/Air Inter merger, he became Air France vice president of maintenance. From 2003 to 2004, he worked for the French railway operator SNCF.
Pilar Albiac Murillo will succeed Lux as head of Quality and Lean Improvement.
Prior to her arrival at Airbus in 2008, Murillo held senior positions in large international manufacturing organizations.
ThalesRaytheonSystems appointed Philippe Duhamel its CEO for French operations. Duhamel succeeds Hervé Multon, who was appointed vice president and deputy to the senior vice president of Strategy for Thales.
Duhamel joined Thales in 1987, holding positions in the Air Traffic Management and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information businesses. Prior to his current position, Duhamel was managing director of the Ground Radar business unit for Thales’s Air Systems Division.