Monday, April 28, 2008
Names in the News – Frontier, Bombardier, FAA/ATO
Effective May 1, Tom Bacon will be vice president of planning and revenue management, adding Frontier to his experience which includes vice president of planning for Mesa Air Group. He also spent more than 20 years with American Airlines in senior management roles including vice president of financial analysis and senior vice president of marketing and planning for American Eagle.
Also joining the airline is Jim Young as the new vice president of distribution, sales and marketing. Young has more than 15 years of experience in the airline and travel industry, with a heavy emphasis on distribution. His experience includes stints at Continental Airlines and Intercontinental Hotels Group.
New BBD Aerospace Chief, Commercial Division Consolidated
Effective May 12 auto-industry executive Guy C. Hachey will become president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace. A period of transition will follow until June 4, 2008, when Pierre Beaudoin, the current president and COO, will take over the position of president and chief executive officer, Bombardier Inc., an announcement made last November.
In a move consolidating its regional and new aircraft programs, Bombardier appointed Gary Scott president of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, the new business unit. The company said the integration of the Regional Aircraft and CSeries teams will enable Bombardier to present a complete commercial aircraft product offering to its customers. Steve Ridolfi, who was president of the regional aircraft programs is now president of the Bombardier Business Aircraft, while James Hoblyn was appointed president, Bombardier Aircraft Services.
Hachey started his career 30 years ago in the automotive industry with General Motors where he held positions of increasing authority and complexity, first in Canada, then in the United States. In 1999, Delphi Automotive Systems spun off from GM and he joined the Delphi Corporation as president of its Chassis Systems Division. Before joining Bombardier, he held the combined positions of vice-president, Delphi Corporation; president, Delphi Powertrain Systems – a $5.5 billion business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and over 30,000 employees; as well as president, Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was also Executive Champion for Delphi Corporation’s global manufacturing operations responsible for the implementation of lean enterprise processes and common systems across more than 150 plants worldwide, for all Delphi products.
Prior to joining Bombardier Aerospace in 2004 as president, new commercial aircraft program, Gary Scott was group president, civil simulation and training at CAE, Inc. He began his career with Boeing in 1973, where he held several senior executive positions including vice president and chief operating officer, Boeing Enterprises; and vice president and general manager for the 737/757 programs.
Bombardier said Ridolfi’s program management expertise comes at the right time as Bombardier embarks on the evaluation and development of new products while increasing the capacity and operational performance of existing product lines. His extensive market and strategic experience within the aerospace industry will benefit Business Aircraft customers, it said. He succeeds Pierre Gabriel Côté who has been appointed chief executive officer of SFK Pulp and will leave Bombardier Aerospace on July 18, 2008.
Ridolfi served as president of Bombardier Regional Aircraft since September 1999 after joining the company 1982 as a structural dynamics engineer for de Havilland Inc. He progressed through airline analysis, marketing, product planning, program management and customer support to become, consecutively, vice-president of marketing and product planning; and vice-president and general manager marketing and operations; prior to his appointment as president, regional aircraft. Hoblyn was appointed senior vice president, customer experience at Bombardier Business Aircraft in October 2006. He joined Bombardier in 1998 as vice president, strategic planning and business development and subsequently held senior positions within the regional aircraft and business aircraft units related to marketing, program management, contracts, and product planning and strategy from 2000 to 2006. He was also managing director of Bombardier Flexjet Europe (now known as Skyjet International).
FAA Names Tarter Safety Head for ATO
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) named Air Force Reserve Brigadier General Robert O. Tarter as vice president of safety services for the Air Traffic Organization (ATO). In addition to focusing on runway safety hazards, the safety services unit is responsible for auditing safety and quality control in the ATO and facilitating safety performance and improvement. It uses information gleaned from data, investigations and independent testing to identify risks. Safety Services is separate from the FAA’s Office of Aviation Safety, which promotes aviation safety and monitors compliance with the Federal Aviation Regulations.
The Safety Services unit also serves as the liaison between the ATO and the agency’s Air Traffic Safety Oversight Service, which resides in the Office of Aviation Safety, outside the 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.
Tarter, who takes over duties with the FAA on April 27, is presently serving as the 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, MD-88, MD-90, 737, 757 and 767 aircraft. Safety and operational work dominated the last 20 years of his military and civilian careers. Tarter has an undergraduate degree from Baylor and a master’s degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle.