Editor's Note


By Jonathan Ray | January 1, 2013
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Capt. Richard Carter

JetBlue Airways appointed Capt. Richard Carter to system chief pilot. In his new role, Carter is responsible for developing and executing Flight Operations strategy, the safe and reliable operation of JetBlue’s fleet and representing the airline with FAA.

Most recently, Carter was chief pilot of JetBlue’s Boston operations, having worked in the role since the base opened in 2006. Carter started his commercial airline career at Braniff International Airlines. He also held several leadership positions with People Express and US Airways including line captain on the A320, E190, B-727, and B-737 and check airman on both the B-727 and B-737.

Peter Turner

Delta Air Lines’ maintenance division, Delta TechOps, named Peter Turner vice president, business development and MRO.

Turner joins Delta TechOps from Rolls-Royce North America where he was vice president, customer business. He was responsible for the Americans region and managed billions of dollars in sales growth.

L2 Consulting Hires

L2 Consulting Services, based in Austin, Texas, hired John Letlow as engineering manager. Letlow has more than 20 years of avionics engineering and test experience to the company and has particular expertise with flight management systems and flat-panel display integration.

Prior to joining L2, Letlow was a program manager with Universal Avionics Systems where he was responsible for leading teams in all aspects of new product development and FAA certification efforts.

Additionally, L2 named Michael Haffey as senior avionics engineer. Haffey has more than 20 years of avionics integration and maintenance experience.

Rob Cords

StandardAero appointed Rob Cords senior vice president of its airlines and fleets business.

Cords previously was senior vice president of corporate strategy and customer development for StandardAero since joining the company in 2009. Prior to joining StandardAero, Cords was associate partner for Oliver Wyman’s Aerospace and Defense Practice.

NATA Staff Changes

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA), based in Alexandria, Va., announced two staff changes.

Jim Coon, who most recently was chief of staff for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, joins NATA as executive vice president. Coon has nearly three decades of experience on Capitol Hill, as well as private sector experience in the aviation industry as director of government affairs for Boeing and for the Air Transport Association (now Airlines for America).

NATA promoted Amy B. Koranda to vice president. Koranda will add several major association programs to her current responsibilities as head of NATA’s Safety 1st Program.

A4A Appointments

Airlines for America (A4A) announced additions to its team.

Vaughn Jennings, a long-time Capitol Hill aide, joins A4A as managing director for government and regulatory communications. Jennings will oversee communications efforts relative to government affairs, in addition to regulatory and policy efforts. Previously, he was press secretary, new media director and legislative assistant for Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.). Before that, Jennings was a legislative assistant to then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

A4A also named Keith Glatz, who most recently was senior negotiator for the Office of International Aviation and Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation, vice president, international affairs. Glatz successfully negotiated Open-Skies and liberalized aviation agreements on behalf of the U.S. aviation industry. He also served in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and in the Department of State, Office of Aviation Negotiations.

A4A also appointed Katie Connell managing director, airline industry public relations and communications. Connell was most recently senior manager in corporate communications for Delta Air Lines.

Lanie Lamb is A4A’s communications coordinator, responsible for day-to-day administration and operational support for the communications team. A former flight attendant for Continental Airlines, she also worked for the National Park Foundation and in the office of Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio).

Additionally, A4A added two social media managers, Christian Lee and Tressa Mattingly. Most recently, Lee was director of new media for Judicial Watch and the Meg Whitman for Governor Campaign. Mattingly was a senior communications specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and before that was the communications officer at Georgetown University Hospital.

Paul Monticciolo

Mercury Systems, based in Chelmsford, Mass., named Paul Monticciolo chief technology officer (CTO).

Monticciolo joined Mercury Systems in 2010. Prior to his appointment as CTO, he was president and general manager of Mercury Federal Systems, a business that handled work with defense prime contractors and programs, including Gorgon Stare, a program that delivers wide-area surveillance capabilities using unmanned aerial vehicles. Prior to Mercury Systems, Monticciolo held several key positions at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. During his 20-year tenure at Lincoln Laboratory, he became a recognized expert in multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance technologies, including real-time embedded processing, digital signal processing, and RF hardware for radar and SIGINT applications.

Greg Gomez-Cornejo

Crane Aerospace & Electronics appointed Greg Gomez-Cornejo vice president of operations of its Electronics Group.

Since 2011, he was operations executive for Hamilton Sundstrand. Prior to that, he was at Honeywell for 13 years, holding positions in Six Sigma, Supply Chain, Operations and General Management.

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