Esterline CMC Appointments

Esterline CMC Electronics, based in Montreal, announced a series of executive appointments and a new organizational structure designed to address the market environment and leverage the company’s expertise in cockpit systems integration and avionics.

CMC Electronics named Patrick Champagne vice president of Cockpit and Systems Integration, a new business unit. Champagne was previously vice president, engineering, at the company.

Additionally, CMC Electronics named James Palmer vice president, Aviation Products, another new business division established to leverage the company’s capabilities and develop new aviation products for both commercial and military applications.

Palmer will continue to be responsible for Commercial Services and Customer Support at the company.

Also, CMC Electronics appointed Jean-Michel Comtois vice president of marketing and sales. Comtois previously held the position of vice president, Military Aviation, at the company.

Charles Champion

Airbus named Charles Champion head of engineering, effective April 1. Champion replaces Patrick Gavin, who is retiring. Champion most recently was executive vice president customer services, a position he has held since 2007.

Champion joined Aérospatiale in 1980 as an engineer in aerodynamics. After that, he headed the single-aisle aircraft Final Assembly Lines from 1988 to 1992; was director of Airbus Programs at Aérospatiale’s Paris headquarters; and served as managing director of the Future Large Aircraft military transport project, now known as the A400M.

In 1998, Champion joined Airbus Industrie (now Airbus) as vice president sales for Eastern and Southern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States. From 1999 until 2001, he was product executive for Airbus’ Single Aisle program, before being appointed head of the A380 program in 2001.

Gulfstream Appointments

Gulfstream Aerospace, of Savannah, Ga., appointed Dan O’Malley director of operations, New Product Development. O’Malley had been general manager of the Gulfstream facility in Mexicali, Mexico, since July 2001.

After joining Gulfstream in 1999, O’Malley served as senior manager of the Composite Manufacturing business unit in Savannah. Previously, he worked for Lucas Aerospace in Macon, Ga., as a business unit manager for the Boeing 737 empennage program. O’Malley also spent 13 years with Hughes Electronics in a variety of roles.

Gulfstream also named Dick Johnson to the position of vice president and chief scientist. He most recently was vice president, engineering.

Johnson joined Gulfstream in 1981 as a structures technical specialist and participated in the design and certification of the Gulfstream GIII, GIV and GV aircraft. He held leadership positions in the Structural Design, Sustainability and Project Engineering departments. In 1991, Johnson was appointed project manager, engineering, for the GV development program.

Tim Farley was named vice president, engineering. From 1999 until recently, Farley was the company’s director of project engineering. He also served as project engineer during the G550 and G450 development stages. In 1993, Farley became project engineer for the Gulfstream GV powerplant development program. He moved on to become systems project engineer for service engineering in 1997 and was named project engineer for service engineering in 1998. Farley began his career at Gulfstream as a design engineer in 1992.

Sensis Corp. Appointments

Sensis Corp., based in Syracuse, N.Y., promoted Mike Gerry to vice president of Air Traffic Systems Products and Programs.

Most recently, Gerry was director of domestic business development for Air Traffic Systems, which is responsible for product development and execution of programs supporting air navigation service providers, airports and airline customers. Over the last 12 years, he has served in a number of engineering, research and development and technical leadership positions at Sensis. Previously, he was an application engineer at a diversified manufacturing company.

The company also promoted Ken Kaminski to vice president of Advanced Development. He has led several research and development and product development initiatives since joining Sensis in 2003.

Kaminski leads the Advanced Development business area, which is focused on advanced technology and product concept developments related to the air traffic management and defense technology divisions of Sensis. Prior to joining Sensis, he held various engineering and management positions at a global defense and information technology company.

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