Airbus of North America: Courpron, President and COO
Henri Courpron, senior vice president of sales and marketing will advance to become president and chief operating officer of Airbus Industrie of North America (AINA), succeeding Nick Tomassetti, who will retire March 31. Courpron joined AINA in 1992 as director-contracts. He previously was based at Airbus in Toulouse, France. He began his career with Aerospatiale-Matra in 1989. Visit

AOPA: Mortimer, Director
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Frederick, Md., appointed Leo E. Mortimer to the post of director of air traffic technology. Trained as an electrical engineer, Mortimer was most recently with COMSAT RSI, where he was responsible for system engineering on RF Uplink Land Earth Stations for the GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). Visit for further information.

DASA Military Aircraft: Hartmann, President
Karl-Heinz Hartmann has been appointed President of Military Aircraft at DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA). Assuming his new post on Jan. 1, he succeeds Aloysius Rauen, who became head of Corporate Strategy at DaimlerChrysler AG in Stuttgart. Visit

Honeywell: Kessler, MRO Chief
Honeywell (Phoenix, Ariz.) appointed Bernd Kessler to the position of vice president and general manager of the company’s Aviation Aftermarket Services, its $1.5-billion global aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business. Kessler previously was general manager for Honeywell’s Aerospace Services business in Europe and was responsible for the Raunheim Repair & Overhaul facility in Raunheim, Germany, where he was based, and for the Luton Repair & Overhaul facility in Luton, England. In his new role, Kessler will be based in Phoenix and will oversee 38 maintenance, repair and overhaul sites, as well as a business unit that serves more than 7,000 commercial, regional, business, general aviation and military aerospace customers. Visit

Elbit, Elop Merger: New Officers
Pursuant to the merger agreement of Elbit Systems Ltd. and Elop Electro-Optics Industries Ltd. (see Scan Mergers & Acquisitions, page 15), Michael Federmann will serve as chairman of the board of directors of the merged company, Joseph Ackerman will serve as its president and chief executive officer, and Jacob Toren will serve as a director of the merged company and as chairman of the merger committee of the board of directors for the merger period. Visit

Northrop Grumman: Kent, Investor Vice President
Northrop Grumman Corp. has promoted Gaston Kent to vice president of investor relations. He is responsible for providing current and potential shareholders with information about business performance and prospects. Prior to this appointment, Kent was director of investor relations with the company since 1992. Visit

Galaxy Scientific: Johnson, Merriken, New Positions
Galaxy Scientific Corp., Atlanta, Ga., announced that Bill Johnson is now its chief technology officer, and Michael Merriken its vice president for information technology at the Atlanta office. Merriken has been the Program Director for the FAA’s On-line Aviation Safety Inspection System (OASIS) program. Galaxy Scientific specializes in advanced technology engineering for aviation safety, communications, and information technology. Visit

ADMA: New Officers Elected
The Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers Association (ADMA) elected new officers and board members at its recent semi-annual meeting at Marco Island, Fla. Gary Plummer of BFGoodrich Aerospace Ice Protection Systems in Uniontown, Ohio, was elected president. Roy Berkenmeier of Falcon Crest Aviation Supply Inc., Houston, Texas, and Stanley Fletcher of Champion Aviation, Liberty, S.C., were both named vice presidents. John Newsom of Precision Aviation Products Corp., Everett, Wash.; Steve Kasper of Superior Airparts, Dallas, Texas; Ken Broadie of Tex-Air Parts Inc., Fort Worth, Texas; and Thomas Wilson of Thermoid HBD Industries, Chanute, Kan., were all elected to three-year terms on the board of directors. Visit

AOPA: Detert, Senior Vice President
AOPA Senior Vice President Karen Detert was selected to manage AOPA programs providing special membership benefits and technical services to AOPA members. With this new role, Detert becomes AOPA’s senior vice president for products and services. In addition, she will oversee the AOPA Expo, which attracts 10,000 people annually, and AOPA’s online system,, which serves 150,000 AOPA members registered to use the service.

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