Editor's Note


By Jonathan Ray | June 1, 2013
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Rob Higby

StandardAero appointed Rob Higby vice president, sales and marketing for its Airlines & Fleets (A&F) business. Higby will lead StandardAero’s A&F sales efforts on CFM56, CF34, PW100, PT6, PW600, AE3007 and a range of APU platforms. Most recently, he was vice president, worldwide airline sales for GE Aviation. He also served in senior leadership positions with AT&T, EMC Corp., Equallogic and Avidyne.

Justin Christian

Mercury Systems, of Chelmsford, Mass., appointed Justin Christian as director of technology and innovation for its Mercury Intelligence Systems (MIS) subsidiary. Prior to joining MIS, Christian served at the National Security Agency, where he led initiatives designed to develop new technologies to address emerging information requirements.

Lumexis Board

Lumexis, of Irvine, Calif., appointed three new members to its board of directors: Travis Christ, former vice president of marketing, sales and distribution at US Airways, and most recently, chief marketing and sales officer for Row 44; Anjali V. Jolly, managing director of Perseus; and Mark Moran, former executive vice president and chief operating officer at Continental Airlines.

John Crabtree

Elliott Aviation, of Moline, Ill., hired John Crabtree as avionics manager. In his new role, Crabtree will oversee an avionics department of 30 technicians and will lead Elliott Aviation’s King Air Garmin G1000 retrofit program.

Crabtree’s 28 years of avionics experience started when he was an avionics technician in the U.S. Navy. In addition, he has worked on a diverse set of aircraft when previously employed at Gulfstream, StandardAero and Hawker Beechcraft Services.

Joseph Doubleday

StarPort, based in Sanford, Fla., appointed Joseph Doubleday as director of maintenance. In his new role, Doubleday will direct the day-to-day operations of the aircraft maintenance business including avionics overhaul and repair refurbishment and paint.

Before joining StarPort, Doubleday held several positions with FAA during a 27 year career. Most recently he served as manager of the aircraft maintenance and engineering group at the FAA facility in Oklahoma City.

Cobham Promotions

Cobham named two current of its management team to newly established executive vice president positions:

David Ashton was named executive vice president for business development and technology. Ashton, currently vice president of Cobham’s Tactical Communications & Surveillance strategic business unit, will be based at Cobham’s Corporate North America office in Arlington, Va.

Additionally, Julian Hellebrand was named executive vice president for lifecycle management and program management

Hellebrand, currently chief of staff to the CEO and group director of communications, brings more than 25 years of experience in project and program management roles, working on development and aftermarket projects.

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