Newsmakers 2004: Handoffs
Boeing Business Jets: Lee Monson to Steven Hill
Former Boeing Aircraft Trading business director Steven Hill was appointed president of Boeing Business Jets in August last year, replacing Lee Monson. Before joining Boeing Aircraft Trading, Hill was responsible for all technical, operational, completion and fleet-support aspects of Boeing Business Jets. He joined Boeing in 1974 and has had various roles in the company’s defense and space group, as well as in its commercial airplane sector.
Meanwhile, Monson was named vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Sales for the Middle East and Africa. Monson became president of Boeing Business Jets in June 2001, replacing Borge Boeskov, who had led the company since its inception in July 1996. Boeskov passed away in June last year at age 68. Boeing Business Jets, a joint venture between Boeing and General Electric, said it has received orders for more than 91 aircraft and nearly 80 of those are now in service worldwide. –G.G.
Leadership Changes in European Bizav
After more than a decade of complete stability at the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), there was change at the top of the organization last year, but there was also a strong element of continuity in the leadership reshuffle. At the end of October EBAA chairman Brian Humphries succeeded Fernand Francois as chief executive of the Brussels-based group. Francois retired after holding the post for 12 years, during which time EBAA grew significantly and launched the highly successful annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
Stepping into Humphries’ shoes as the new EBAA chairman was Dr. Rudolfo Baviera, who is also chairman and CEO of Italian executive charter and aircraft management company Eurofly Service. At the same time, Humphries retired as managing director of Shell Aircraft and took over the chairmanship of the British Helicopter Advisory Board from Lord Glenarthur. The EBAA board elected Abelag Aviation deputy director general Hervé Laitat its new treasurer.
Around the same time, the UK’s Business Aircraft Users Association (BAUA) and the General Aviation Manufacturers and Traders Association (GAMTA) merged to form the British Business and General Aviation Association. GAMTA chief executive Mark Wilson took over the reins at the new organization and BAUA chief executive John Batty now oversees the group’s business aviation activities. –C.A.
Flight Options: John Nahill to Michael Scheeringa
When it became apparent in late 2002 that Flight Options chairman and CEO Kenn Ricci could not raise the investment capital needed for the fractional provider to continue in its then-current form, John Nahill was vice president of corporate strategy and development for Raytheon Co. He had also been a member of the Flight Options board of directors since the company merged with Raytheon Travel Air in March 2002. Nahill, then 38, was subsequently appointed Flight Options chairman and CEO on Feb. 10, 2003.
But less than two years later, on November 1 last year, Flight Options announced Nahill was “leaving the company to pursue other interests.” S. Michael Scheeringa, the chief operating officer, was appointed acting CEO while the company searched for a permanent chief officer. Why Nahill left so abruptly and what his other interests are have not yet surfaced.
Scheeringa, who continues as COO, joined Flight Options in February last year from US Airways, where he was most recently vice president of the Express Division. He holds a bachelor of science degree in transportation and logistics management from Arizona State University. –R.R.P.