Bombardier Promotes Martel to Key Spot

 - August 24, 2011, 11:20 AM

ÉricMartel has been appointed president of Bombardier Customer Services and Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft. He replaces James Hoblyn, who died of natural causes while jogging on July 3. Before joining Bombardier, Martel held different senior positions in manufacturing, engineering, procurement and maintenance and overhaul within the aviation industry. He joined Bombardier in 2002 as vice president of operations North America for Bombardier Transportation, where he led a successful reorganization and transformation. In 2005 his mandate was extended to include Bombardier Aerospace when he was appointed vice president of Challenger programs and the Dorval plant. In that capacity Martel undertook the complete transfer of the Challenger jet operation from Tucson to Montreal. He then assumed various senior management roles in the business aircraft unit, adding the role of vice president and general manager for the Challenger and Global while simultaneously overseeing the Global Completion Center. In 2008 Martel was appointed vice president of quality and achieving excellence system and transformation for Bombardier Aerospace, and since December 2010 he has been senior vice president for commercial aircraft.