NovAtel Inc.: Ladd, President & CEO

Jonathan Ladd recently was named president and chief executive officer of NovAtel Inc., replacing David Vaughn. He formerly was senior vice president-engineering and president of Magellan Corp.’s Russian subsidiary. His 20 years of experience in GPS technology includes other management positions at Magellan. NovAtel, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a developer and manufacturer of GPS systems. Visit

Spirent Systems: Benedict, Div. President

Spirent Systems has promoted Phil Benedict to be president of its Airborne & Safety Solutions division. Employed by Spirent since 1995, he previously was the company’s executive vice president-North America, in charge of Spirent’s facilities in Wichita, Kan., and Minneapolis. Benedict was employed by Jeppesen-Sanderson, where he managed the development of the Jeppesen Master Navigation Data Base and the Boeing 737 flight management system (FMS) update program. Visit

Condor Engineering: Head, Western Regional Sales

Derek Head recently joined Condor Engineering’s sales team, to take charge of the company’s Western Region. Head previously was corporate vice president of sales with SBS Avionics Technologies. His experience includes test flying systems with the UK Royal Air Force and work with the Society of Aeronautical Engineers (SAE) committee on Mil-Std-1553. Condor Engineering, Santa Barbara, Calif., produces avionics data bus tools. Visit

Barfield Inc.: LeBoucher, Sales Director

Miami, Fla.-based Barfield Inc. has named Alain LeBoucher sales director for North America and Latin America. He formerly was sales director with EADS Sogerma Service in France. LeBoucher once was an avionics manager at Airbus Industrie. He began his career with Thomson (now Thales Avionics). Visit

Sensor Systems Inc.: Nixon, Military Sales Director

Tom Nixon recently was named director of military sales at Chatsworth, Calif.-based Sensor Systems Inc., where he has been employed since 1983. His 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry include work with the Federal Aviation Administration on flight testing and certification of modification programs. He also worked for Volpar Inc., designing turboprop engine installations. Visit

Avexus Inc.: Beahm, Director-Product Mktg.

Avexus Inc., a San Diego-based manufacturer of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) software, has named Don Beahm its new director of product marketing. He has more than 20 years of MRO software experience and formerly was product and industry marketing manager for MRO Software Inc. Visit

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