Embraer is boosting its sales network in Africa, with the appointment of Nigeria’s Barbedos Group as its authorized sales representative in the country, as well as in the nearby west African states of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana and Senegal. The private company, founded in 2002, is based at Kaduna Airport and operates a Legacy 600 and also provides charter services through its Skyjet Aviation Services subsidiary.
“The Phenom 300, Legacy 600 and Legacy 650 are already in operation on the continent,” said Colin Steven, Embraer’s executive jets vice president, marketing and sales, for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “We are confident that the Barbedos Group will assist us in further increasing our presence in the region.”
Meanwhile, Embraer also has appointed two new executives. Jim Beckstein has been named vice president of Embraer Executive Jets newly created pre-owned sales department. He will manage all activities associated with the department, including trade quotes and pre-owned aircraft sales.
Beckstein comes to the position following 12 years of commercial airline experience in various customer service roles, after which he transitioned to general aviation. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado.
The company also appointed Clint Clouatre vice president of marketing. He will report to Ernest Edwards, the new president of Embraer Executive Jets.Before joining Embraer in 2006, Clouatre held marketing positions at other executive aircraft manufacturers. He has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from Georgia Southern University and started his career as a flight test engineer.
Here at EBACE, Embraer has a full line up of its business jet family. Out on the static display you’ll find the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, as well as the new large-cabin Legacy 650 and the ultra-large Lineage 1000. Inside (Stand 7041) is a mock-up of the Legacy 500.