Aerion continues to recruit executives and engineers, as well as refine its board of directors, as it prepares to bring the AS2 supersonic business jet to market. “We are absolutely dedicated to being a magnet for the world’s greatest talent,” said Aerion chairman, president, and CEO Tom Vice.
Cathy Rice has been appointed v-p of business management at the Reno, Nevada-based company, where she will lead contracts, pricing, and cost schedule management, as well as facilitate business and program management processes. She is the retired v-p of contract, pricing, and program business operations for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.
Former Embraer Executive Jets senior v-p of customer support and services Scott Kalister has joined Aerion as v-p of worldwide support and logistics. In his new role, he will establish a global support network for the AS2.
Gene Holloway is now Aerion’s v-p of boomless cruise and environmental responsibility, where he will lead efforts to develop and certify the system that will allow the AS2 to cruise at speeds up to Mach 1.2 without a sonic boom reaching the ground, as well as explore and incorporate technologies for greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. He previously was a program manager/project lead at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.
Aerion also promoted Andrew Hellen to v-p of cockpit and subsystems. He has served as an electrical and avionics engineer on a number of programs, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Learjet 85, and Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.
Meanwhile, Bryan Barrett has been added to Aerion’s five-person board. He is the CFO and v-p of Keystone Group, an affiliate of Aerion Partners, the lead investor in Aerion.