Senior Leadership Changes Boost AIN Publisher: New Chief Operating Officer And Editor-in-Chief Appointed

 - July 24, 2012, 12:40 PM
AIN publications chief operating officer Randy Padfield (left) and editor-in-chief Charles Alcock

AIN Publications—publisher of Aviation International News and Business Jet Traveler–has made two key changes in its management structure. Effective July 23, Charles Alcock became editor-in-chief of AIN Publications, with overall responsibility for all editorial products (both print and digital), and including BJT. Former editor-in-chief Randy Padfield has assumed the new position of chief operating officer for AIN Publications. He will be directly responsible for the day-to-day running of the company and will also be leading strategic planning for medium- and long-term business development.

Charles Alcock joined the company in 1990 and since 1995 has been based in the UK, serving as international editor of AIN. His main responsibility has been AIN’s international airshow editions. He has also been involved in the development of AINtv, as well as contributed editorial content for all AIN products. Charles has been a business journalist specializing in the aviation industry since 1986. He and his family will be relocating to the U.S.

Randy Padfield started working for AIN as a freelance writer in 1989, became a full-time editor in 1993 and was appointed editor-in-chief in November 1998. Before joining AIN, Randy authored four books on aviation and flew helicopters commercially and in the U.S. Air Force. He holds a master’s degree in engineering management from UCLA and is a 1971 Air Force Academy graduate. At AIN Publications, Randy guided the launch of Business Jet Traveler and the transition of the company’s editorial products into the digital media age, with the development of AINonline.com and its group of e-newsletters.

“I could not be happier about this significant announcement,” commented Wilson Leach, AIN Publications’ managing director and founder. “These are major promotions for both Randy and Charlie, two key executives who will guide and shape the future of AIN.”

“Randy has been promoted to the second highest position in the company, reporting to me and effectively being responsible for the day-to-day running of the entire business,” said Leach. “Since Jim Holahan retired nearly 14 years ago I have worked closely with Randy, and have come to appreciate and respect his ability to fully take charge of projects. Randy will take on the full responsibility of running AIN’s highly complex and growing media enterprise around the world.

“There is none better than Charlie Alcock to take over from Randy as editor-in-chief of all AIN publications,” Leach concluded. “I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Charlie, as he has handled all of our international coverage as well as our show publishing projects. He is ideally qualified to maintain the highest-quality AIN signature brand editorial products around the world. Our editorial mission has not changed in 40 years: we write for the reader. Charlie will lead the editorial team to continue to produce–long into the future–the most accurate, newsworthy and insightful content in all of aviation.”