Viggiano, Lo Brutto

Sensis Corp., Syracuse, N.Y., promoted Marc Viggiano, who was senior vice president, to the newly created position of chief strategy officer, and Antonio Lo Brutto to head its Air Traffic Systems division.

In his new role, Viggiano is responsible for the creation and maintenance of Sensis’ strategic technology road map and will oversee corporate research and development activities, including mergers and acquisitions, new business incubation, intellectual property licensing and marketing.

Viggiano has more than 30 years of experience in the design and development of advanced civilian and defense sensor and communication systems, including ground, air and space-based radar, air-traffic control automation equipment and communication based train control systems.

In addition, the company said Vice President Antonio Lo Brutto will now lead its Air Traffic Systems division. Previously, Lo Brutto led the division’s surface surveillance systems segment. In that capacity, Lo Brutto was responsible for worldwide development and deployment of products including the Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X. He has more than 20 years of experience in aerospace and defense-related businesses.

Hopkins, Mekis, Linville

Landmark Aviation, Winston-Salem, N.C., announced three executive appointments.

Jim Hopkins was named vice president, FBO Operations, where he will oversee the Landmark Aviation network of 33 FBOs. Hopkins previously had responsibility for the FBO division’s sales and marketing as well as its fractional and airline relationships. Hopkins has more than 20 years of financial and operations experience in business aviation.

The company also named Tom Mekis vice president-aircraft sales, service and charter. Mekis began his career at Beech, where he held various sales and marketing positions during his nine years with the company. He then joined American Beechcraft as sales manager. American Beechcraft was ultimately merged into Piedmont Hawthorne in 1998, which merged with Garrett Aviation to form Landmark Aviation in late 2004. Mekis served as vice president with responsibility for the Aircraft Charter and Management division.

The company also named Mark Linville vice president and chief financial officer. He joined Landmark in 2005 from LeCreuset of America, where he was head of finance and administration for its North American operations.

Alan Manara

Endevco Corp., San Juan Capistrano, Calif., named Alan Manara vice president of sales and marketing.

Most recently, Manara served as director of business development for TT Electronics, a United Kingdom-based company providing a range of electrical and electronic products to the automotive, electronics, computer and general industrial markets.

Manara led the company’s efforts in business and product engineering of sensors and sensor systems for a variety of industries with a global customer base.

Suki Dalrymple

U.K.-based IFE Services named Suki Dalrymple executive vice president of American operations. Dalrymple joins IFE Services from Thales Avionics, where she was vice president of Media Services.

Dalrymple will take responsibility for the development of IFE Services in the North American market and will head up the California-based operation, which will provide a turn-key entertainment service to North American airlines.

Dalrymple’s IFE career started with Hughes Aircraft in 1989. She then joined B/E Aerospace in 1993. Two years later, Dalrymple moved to Panasonic Avionics, where she held the senior position of director of mass media.

Charles Wald, Gino Malatesta

L-3 Communications, New York City, named Charles F. "Chuck" Wald to corporate vice president-international.

Wald served as deputy commander, headquarters, for the U.S. European Command, a position he held from 2002 until his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in July 2006. Prior to that, he served as deputy chief of staff for air and space operations at the Pentagon.

Wald served 35 years in the Air Force. He is a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and 430 combat hours.

The company also named Gino Malatesta to the newly created position of corporate vice president-planning. In this position, Malatesta will manage the company’s internal financial planning, forecasting processes and analysis.

Malatesta has more than 20 years of experience in aerospace and defense industry financial management and planning. Most recently, he served as senior group vice president-finance, a position he held since 2004.

Prior to that, Malatesta was vice president of finance for L-3’s Narda Microwave-East division.

Mick Harrison

Elliott Aviation, Moline, Ill., named Mick Harrison president and chief operating officer. Wynn Elliott will remain as chairman and CEO.

Harrison has 39 years of aviation experience and recently retired after 27 years with Bombardier, where he served as general manager of the Wichita, Kan., service center. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief.

Harrison also is an active pilot with 2,000 flight hours. He holds a commercial license with instrument and multi-engine ratings, as well as a glider rating.

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