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Sunday, June 1, 2008


Allan L. Kramer

Shadin Avionics, St. Louis Park, Minn., promoted Allan L. Kramer to CEO. He will oversee and manage the company’s operations. Most recently, Kramer was Shadin’s executive director of operations. Prior to Shadin Avionics, Kramer was general manager for Raytheon Aircraft Services, regional general manager for Mercury Air Centers, vice president and general manager for Jet Aviation, and has held management positions at Tracor Aerospace and Garrett/AiResearch.

Stephen B. Pudles

API Nanotronics, Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., named Stephen B. Pudles CEO. Pudles succeeds Phillip DeZwirek, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board and chairman of the Executive Committee. Pudles has more than 25 years of industry experience. Prior to API, he worked for Nu Visions Manufacturing, most recently as president and CEO. Pudles also served in other executive and operational positions for a number of electronic manufacturing services companies.

Robbin L. Higby

Avidyne Corp., Lincoln, Mass., named Robbin L. Higby vice president of sales and marketing. Higby will oversee growth of the company’s global sales and marketing organizations. Also, he will be responsible for expanding Avidyne’s relationships with OEMs. Higby brings more than a decade of leadership experience to Avidyne, having worked most recently at EqualLogic, Inc.’s Product and Channel marketing and sales organization. Before EqualLogic, Higby held various roles at EMC Corp., including general manager of the Express Solutions Program, EMC’s portfolio of channel-focused small and medium business offerings. Before joining EMC, Higby was a venture capitalist and investment banker.

John Happ

Aircell, Itasca, Ill., named John Happ executive vice president for airlines. In his new role, Happ will lead the division that is the company’s primary airline interface for sales and support. He also will be responsible for the company’s corporate communications and public relations. With more than 20 years in the industry, Happ worked in executive capacities at Frontier, ATA, Hawaiian, Continental and Singapore Airlines.

Michael Moore

Standard Aero, Winnipeg, Canada, appointed Michael Moore senior vice president of Associated Air Center (AAC), the company’s VIP transport completion facility in Dallas. Most recently, Moore was vice president of production, planning and supply chain at AAC. Before AAC, he was vice president and general manager of an aviation services firm, where he managed sales, quality assurance, operations and human resources. Northrop Grumman named Frank Moore lead executive for the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS) program. Northrop Grumman is competing for the U.S. Army’s ACS program, an airborne platform providing intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capability. Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Moore had a 31-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with the rank of major general. He held a series of key positions managing development and acquisition programs and served as program executive officer for bombers, missiles and trainers. Moore also was director of special programs for the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and technology and deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Robert O. Tarter

FAA named Air Force Reserve Brigadier Gen. Robert O. Tarter vice president of Safety Services for the agency’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO). Tarter was most recently mobilization assistant to the commander of the First Air Force, Air Combat Command, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. He entered the Air Force in 1976 and has 3,600 hours flown in the military and 6,000 hours as a civilian, including as a pilot for Delta Air Lines. He has piloted fighters as well as the MD-88, MD-90, 737, 757 and 767. The Safety Services unit is responsible for auditing safety and quality control in the ATO and facilitating safety performance and improvement. One of the unit’s main focuses is reducing the risk of runway hazards. The division also serves as the liaison between ATO and the agency’s Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service, which resides in the Office of Aviation Safety, outside ATO. The Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service provides oversight of ATO activities and approves safety standards, mitigation of safety risks and the safety management system.

Michael L. D’Addio

Quantum3D, Inc., San Jose, Calif., named Michael L. D’Addio CEO. D’Addio succeeds Ross Q. Smith, who resigned to pursue other business interests. D’Addio has more than 30 years of experience building companies. He founded two companies — Corvus Systems and Videonics — and took them public. He then served as chairman and CEO of a third public company, Focus Enhancements, until 2002.

Steve Lord

Flight Display Systems, Alpharetta, Ga., named Steve Lord Northeast sales manager. Lord has more than 30 years of avionics sales experience, and will work from Manchester, N.H. Most recently, Lord worked for Max-Viz, where he was field sales manager. He has held other positions at Jet Aviation and Wiggins Airways.

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