Joseph J. Ensor

Northrop Grumman named Joseph J. Ensor vice president of Surveillance and Remote Sensing for its Electronic Systems sector.

Ensor will be responsible for programs and operations of the Surveillance and Remote Sensing business area, including operations in Baltimore; Azusa, Calif.; and Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colo.

Ensor, who joined the company in 1979, has held a variety of positions including program manager for the Stingray Laser Program and program director for a classified radar program. Since 2005, he has served as vice president of Combat Avionics Systems. Visit

Pepperall, Larmor, Pierro

Luxell Technologies, Toronto, named Richard Pepperall vice president, design and engineering. Pepperall was most recently at L-3 Communications Electronic Systems, where he was responsible for design and development engineering of display products used in the Apache helicopter, Boeing C17 and the A10, F18 and F16 aircraft.

The company also named Jean-Louis Larmor senior vice president business development. Larmor’s background includes positions with Thales International Canada and North America, and Sextant Avionique, where he was responsible for strategy and business development.

Anthony Pierro was named vice president of operations with additional responsibility for facility and security management. Pierro joined Luxell in 2005 after 27 years in the aerospace and mining industries. His experience includes time with Northrop Grumman Canada, where he held various engineering and management positions. Visit

Robin Salem

AirCell, Louisville, Colo., named Robin Salem senior vice president, strategy and business development.

Based at the company’s new Itasca, Ill., facility, he is responsible for leading AirCell’s strategic partnership and business strategy functions. Previously, Salem served as senior vice president of business development of Nomadix, Inc., a Wi-Fi access gateway and web-content service provider. He also served as vice president of business development and strategy of Motorola’s cellular service business. Visit

Michael Braasch

Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, named Michael Braasch, an electrical engineering professor in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, interim director of the Avionics Engineering Center.

Braasch has been involved in navigation system research since 1985. He joined the Avionics Engineering Center in 1989 and the Russ College faculty in 1994. Braasch, one of the co-inventors of a specialized GPS antenna for use at airports, is internationally recognized for his work in analyzing and improving GPS accuracy. He is researching GPS software radio design, advanced cockpit displays, high-dynamic flight-testing and navigation of unmanned autonomous vehicles. Visit

Perry D. Tanner

EMS Technologies, of Atlanta, named Perry D. Tanner corporate vice president, marketing. In this newly created position, Tanner is responsible for EMS’s corporate marketing, business and communications strategies. Tanner joins EMS following a 20-year career at Scientific Atlanta, where he held a variety of marketing, sales and operations positions. Visit

John Nicholson

Acro Helipro Global Services, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corp., named John Nicholson executive vice president with responsibility for U.S. operations and for global sales and marketing, based in Acro Helipro’s Dallas facility.

Nicholson has been in the aviation industry for more than 25 years, with positions in engineering, customer support, quality assurance and marketing. Visit

Williams Spires Jr.

Aitech Defense Systems, Chatsworth, Calif., named Williams Spires Jr., vice president of operations. Spires will oversee manufacturing and procurement processes for the company’s line of rugged computers and subsystems.

Spires was most recently director of manufacturing at Curtiss-Wright. Aitech Defense Systems makes commercial off-the-shelf products for rugged defense, aerospace and space applications. Visit

Christian Zumkeller

Christian Zumkeller was promoted to the position of technical sales for the Europe office of Universal Avionics, Tucson, Ariz.

Zumkeller will lead the Europe sales staff located at the Basel, Switzerland office. Before joining Universal Avionics in 2005, Zumkeller worked as an avionics electrical design engineer. Visit

Bernhard Conrad, Hans Schmitz

Lufthansa Technik AG named Bernhard Conrad chief technology officer. He will also be senior vice president of design organization and innovation. Conrad joined Lufthansa Technik as a systems engineer in 1985. From 2002 to 2006, Conrad was responsible for the company’s completion center.

Hans Schmitz was named senior vice president, VIP and executive jet solutions. The new division combines the completion center and the maintenance, repair and overhaul services of the former VIP and Government Jet Services unit.

Schmitz joined Lufthansa in 1981. He was named senior vice president of material management in 1994 and managing director of Lufthansa Technik Logistik in 1997. After heading the Marketing and Sales division from 2000 to 2003, he was appointed general manager of Ameco Beijing, the joint venture of Air China and Lufthansa. Visit

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