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Friday, February 1, 2013

People February 2013

Hong Kong, China-based Metrojet has appointed Tan Siah-Joo as director of its Commercial division. He joined the company in June 2011 as director of corporate development, after working a number of years at Singapore Airlines Group subsidiaries, including SilkAir and SIA Engineering Company.

Jim Kettles has joined YES Communications as vice president and part owner. He brings more than 30 years of helicopter industry experience to the Dallas, Texas-based media and event planning company. Kettle has flown various commercial and military aircraft in the U.S. and Canada, including in the offshore, EMS, corporate, law enforcement, utility and electronic newsgathering (ENG) sectors.

Thales Group’s board of directors has elected Jean-Bernard Levy as chairman and CEO. He replaces Luc Vigneron, who resigned in December. Levy was previously chairman of the management board at Vivendi, and his background also includes serving as chairman and CEO of Matra Communication, and CEO and managing partner of Offo et Cie.

Jim Christiansen is the new vice president of international business development for FlightSafety International. He comes from Hawker Beechcraft, where he was vice president of sales for business jets in the eastern U.S. Christiansen also previously worked for NetJets.

Garmin’s board of directors has appointed Clifton Pemble to take over as president and CEO from one of the company’s co-founders, Dr. Min Kao. Pemble began working for Garmin in 1989 as an engineer, most recent serving as president and chief operating officer. Pemble has served on the board of directors of Garmin since August 2004.

King Aerospace Commercial Corp. has hired Tony Bailey as CEO, responsible for directing all of the operations for the modification, completions and maintenance provider. He comes from Comlux, where he served as CEO. Bailey, whose previous experience also includes director of maintenance at Pentastar Aviation, will be based at King Aerospace’s modification facility in Ardmore, Okla.

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