Thursday, September 1, 2011
People September 2011
CHC Helicopter has appointed John Graber as president of its Helicopter Services division. He replaces interim president Scott Pinfield. Graber was most recently president of ABA Air and prior to that president of MRO AAR Aircraft Services Indianapolis. He is also a decorated medevac helicopter pilot who served in Operation Desert Storm.
The company also announced that Doug Yakola of McKinsey & Co. is serving as acting as interim chief financial officer, taking over for Rick Davis, former executive vice president and CFO. CHC has yet to name a permanent replacement for Davis, who will be assisting with the transition process.
Bobby Risbourg has joined Precision Aviation Group subsidiary, Precision Heliparts, as regional sales manager for the Gulf region. Risbourg was with Chevron’s Aviation division for 30 years as manager of aviation parts and purchasing. He will be based in Lafayette, La.
Chromalloy has named Will Zmyndak director of operations at its facility in Orangeburg, N.Y. Zymndak will lead the advanced coating and repair arm of Chromalloy and support gas turbine activities. Zymndak comes to the company from aerospace unit of Barnes Group Inc., where he was vice president of aftermarket operations.
Kaman Helicopters has hired Jeff Sharbaugh as proposal manager. He will oversee proposals and development projects for Kaman. Sharbaugh’s previous experience includes working at Ducommun Aerostructures, Lord Corp. and Hamilton Sundstrand.
Capt. John Smajdek has taken over as commanding officer of Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW), replacing Capt. Fred Melnick. Smajdek served as the executive officer of FRCSW prior to the promotion.
Broomfield, Colo.-based Aircell has named Dennis Hildreth as manager of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sales. Hildreth was previously principal marketing manager for Rockwell Collins, following 27 years with Hawker Beechcraft.