Crane Aerospace & Electronics, based in Lynnwood, Wash., named Tracy Simpson vice president, Strategic Sourcing & Supplier Development. Simpson has been with Crane Aerospace & Electronics for more than 20 years, primarily in operations-related roles. Most recently he was vice president and general manager of the Lynnwood, Wash., site. Prior to Crane, Simpson worked for Fairchild Controls Company and before that for Eaton Consolidated Controls as a manufacturing engineer.
Arthur C. Yan
Quantum3D, based in San Jose, Calif., named Arthur C. Yan president and chief operating officer. Yan joined the company as vice president of operations in March 2004. Before that, he was vice president of operations at Digital Archway and Evans & Sutherland/AccelGraphics. Yan also held manufacturing engineering management-level positions with Kubota Graphics Corp./Stardent/Ardent Computer, Amdahl, Flextronics and Rolm.
HEICO Corp., of Miami and Hollywood, Fla., said its board had elected brothers Eric A. and Victor H. Mendelson as co-presidents. Laurans Mendelson remains chairman and CEO. Eric Mendelson, 43, has served as president and CEO of the HEICO Flight Support Group. Victor Mendelson, 41, has served as president and CEO of the Electronic Technologies Group and from 1993 to 2008 as general counsel. "The change in titles merely reflects the roles that Eric and Victor have effectively occupied at HEICO for many years, and the board felt it was time their titles truly reflected the breadth of their activities," Laurans Mendelson stated.
John Burnum, Blair Descourouez
King Aerospace Commercial Corp., of Addison, Texas, an aircraft services provider, named John Burnum and Blair Descourouez regional sales managers. Burnum, who was previously with Gulfstream Aerospace as a completion sales executive, has been assigned sales and marketing responsibility for Eastern United States. Burnum has more than 20 years experience in managing aircraft completions, refurbishments and maintenance projects. Heading up the Western U.S. sales and marketing efforts is Descourouez who most recently was vice president of operations for Ambassador Jet Center. Descourouez, who has also held management positions with Double Diamond Resorts and Business Jet Access, has 14 years experience in aircraft management, charter, refurbishment and sales.
Paul M. Rinaldi
Paul M. Rinaldi, an 18-year veteran air traffic controller at Washington-Dulles Tower, was elected president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). NATCA’s more than 20,000 members include air traffic controllers, engineers, traffic management coordinators and staff specialists. Rinaldi, who has served as NATCA executive vice president since 2006, began his three-year term in October. Rinaldi has worked for NATCA in a variety of roles during his career, including facility representative and assistant facility representative at Washington- Dulles Tower as well as Eastern Region alternate vice president.
Anthony M. Parasida
Boeing named Anthony M. Parasida president of its Global Services & Support business, which provides after-delivery support for military platforms including the KC-135 Stratotanker, B-52 Stratofortress, KC-10 Extender and C-130 Hercules. Previously, Parasida was vice president and general manager for Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, and program manager of the P-8A Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft program.
Ideal Aerosmith, of East Grand Forks, Minn., a provider of aerospace test equipment and inertial guidance systems, named Moses Koyabe director of Test Services Business Development. Koyabe most recently was director of international business at EADS Test & Services, a business unit of EADS. Before 2000, he held various roles with Aerospatiale.
SkyTrac Systems, based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, named retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr vice president and director of business development. Most recently, Fuhr ran the Canadian Forces Instrument Check Pilot School. A 20-year veteran of the Canadian Air Force, Fuhr achieved nearly 4,000 hours of flight time as a pilot instructor/standards officer and operational CF-18 pilot.
Northrop Grumman Leadership
Ronald D. Sugar, chairman and CEO of Northrop Grumman since 2003, will retire from the company in June 2010. Sugar will step down from the chairman and CEO positions at the end of the year, and will continue as an employee officer. Sugar joined Northrop Grumman following its acquisition of Litton Industries and previously held positions at TRW Inc. Wesley G. Bush, currently president and chief operating officer, was named Sugar’s successor. Bush joined the company in 1987, serving as sector president, chief financial officer and president and chief operating officer.