The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) yesterday reorganized its management team following the April 2 departure of CEO Eric Mandemaker. The Brussels-based organization said that he had left the organization “with immediate effect by mutual consent.” EBAA will not directly replace Mandemaker, who took the post in October 2007, and president Brian Humphries will jointly hold the role of CEO.
CHC Helicopter Corp. hit the Big Apple October 11 when its class-A subordinate voting shares began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FLI.” Making a characteristically high-profile splash in the concrete canyons of lower Manhattan, CHC CEO Craig Dobbin, flanked by other company officers, rang the official opening bell to start trading on the stock exchange floor at 9:30 a.m.
Outsiders have been brought in to lead a recovery at MD Helicopters. The appointments follow the recent acquisition of the Mesa, Ariz., company by New York financial firm Patriarch Partners. Robert Rene, previously CEO of Hilton Hotels division InnMedia, was named MD Helicopters’ CEO. Randy Kesterson, formerly executive v-p and COO of Curtiss-Wright Controls, was appointed COO.
Under the direction of a new parent company, private investment firm Patriarch Partners, MD Helicopters has made more changes to its senior executive team. The company has named Peter Hokanson chief financial officer and acting CEO as the search for a permanent chief executive continues. Hokanson most recently served as vice president of business administration and information technology at Garrett Aviation.