Sunday, September 1, 2013
Thales named Dominique Giannoni as the new CEO of its In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity business, headquartered in Irvine, Calif.
He joined Thales in 2003 as head of the company’s Underwater Systems business line for Submarines and then later led the Thales Military Avionics Business Line. Prior to Thales, Giannoni held different management positions at Capgemini within the Telecom & Media division as well as with the French Defense Ministry.
Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, based in Wichita, Kan., appointed Paul Ryan to the position of operations manager. He will manage the company’s manufacturing operations and repair lab.
Ryan previously was vice president of operations at Mojack Distributors and Chance Rides Manufacturing. He has also held positions at Case New Holland and Harper Trucks.
Flight Display Systems Appointments
Flight Display Systems, of Alpharetta, Ga., named Aria Bahawdory technical sales consultant.
Bahawdory has an extensive aviation background beginning with a 4-year tour in the U.S. Navy. After his military service, he worked as a flight operations coordinator with Imagine Air Jet Services where he formulated operation policies. Most recently, Bahawdory owned Mid Air Aerial Photography.
The company also named Patrick Bloodworth regional sales executive. Bloodworth will manage sales of cabin management and in-flight entertainment system upgrades. He will also support modification centers throughout the U.S. Gulf States, the Western United States and Western Canada.
Bloodworth previously held aeronautical business development and avionics system sales management responsibilities at SkyNet Satellite Communications, Aircell, Honeywell Aerospace and Universal Avionics Systems.
The company also promoted Joyce Reeves to inside sales coordinator. Reeves is a four-year veteran at Flight Display Systems, working in the shipping and receiving and manufacturing departments.
Additionally, Flight Display Systems promoted Eric Delash to regional sales manager for the Southeast United States. His new territorial responsibilities include Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News, Va., appointed Carlos Monsalve vice president sales, Commercial Aircraft Systems, Air Transport Division. Monsalve has served as a consultant to ICG over the past several years and has represented the company with commercial air transport customers.
Additionally, ICG promoted Darren Emery to vice president, product and customer services. In his new, expanded role he is responsible for oversight of all Product Support and Customer Service activities and initiatives at ICG. Emery, who joined the company in 2003, previously spent a decade in a variety of electro-technical positions on board several leading cruise lines, including serving as a radio officer and an electrician.
The company also named Bryan Trainum to the position of vice president, program services. In his new role, he will be responsible for the development, definition, and overall management of programs for ICG’s core functions.
Lumexis named Jonathan Norris vice president of sales.
Before joining Lumexis, Norris was executive director of trade media and events at Ink, responsible for the APEX Airline Passenger Experience magazine account. Previously he was at Airbus where he was vice president of the Cabin Design Office. Before joining Airbus, he was chief design engineer on the 728JET with Fairchild Dornier and chief of repair engineering with BAE Systems.
Ali Bahrami has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as the vice president of civil aviation.
Most recently, Bahrami was manager of the Transport Airplane Directorate of the FAA Aircraft Certification Service. Beginning in 2004, he was responsible for continued operational safety, certification policies, and rules for large transports in the U.S. and directed a highly technical organization of more than 400 FAA employees.
The National Air Transportation Association named John McGraw, former FAA deputy director of flight standards service, as its head of regulatory affairs.
McGraw held several leadership positions at FAA before retiring in 2012. He most recently was president of John McGraw Aerospace Consulting, LLC. Before FAA, McGraw was a Department of Defense Test Director/Test Pilot for the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center and a Flight Test Engineer for the U.S. Navy Rotary Wing Test Directorate.
SkyTrac Systems named Brian O’Flynn vice president of sales. O’Flynn joins SkyTrac with 25 years of aviation and business leadership experience, including stints with Boeing and Carmanah Technologies.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Luiz Sandler regional vice president of sales for South America. Since 2007, he was the sales director for International Jet Traders, Gulfstream’s sales representative for Brazil. Before that, he spent seven years working in various marketing and sales positions with a Brazil-based aircraft manufacturer.