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Leadership Moves, Jan/Feb 2024
  • 16 Jan 2024 05:37 AM
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Leadership Moves, Jan/Feb 2024

Bishton Appointed Chief at CAA

On Oct. 6, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced the appointment of Rob Bishton as Chief Executive. Bishton, who assumed the role on Oct. 21, joined the CAA in 2014 and has served on its board since 2019. In this capacity, he led the Safety and Airspace Regulation Group and helped guide the organization through the UK’s exit from the European Union. He brings more than 30 years of experience in aviation to the role. Bishton’s “deep understanding of the sector makes him very well prepared for the complex challenges and opportunities ahead,” said Sir Stephen Hiller, the CAA Chair.

Ticlo Begins as COO at MDH

On Oct. 10, MD Helicopters LLC (MDH) announced that Harvey Ticlo had begun serving as the company’s new Chief Operating Officer, having joined the company over the summer. A licensed airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanic, Ticlo brings more than 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry to the role. He previously held leadership positions at Midway Commuter Airlines, United Express, Falcon Express and StandardAero, among others. In a statement, MDH said that since beginning in the role, Ticlo worked with MDH’s suppliers to create long-term agreements, helping stabilize the company since it emerged from bankruptcy one year ago.

New CEO at Airbus Helicopters Mexico

Airbus Helicopters announced on Oct. 12 the appointment of Guillaume Leprince as the General Director for Airbus Helicopters Mexico. Leprince will be responsible for overseeing the sales, customization, support, training, spare parts and maintenance of a fleet consisting of 390 helicopters in 21 countries, of which 42% are based in Mexico. Leprince, who joined the company in 2003, previously served as General Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan, prior to which he held senior roles in sales for the Americas and at Airbus Helicopters Canada.

Monge to Lead Bell’s Europe Business

Bell, a Textron company, announced on Nov. 8 that Jacinto Monge would serve as the Managing Director of Commercial Business in Europe. Prior to assuming the role, Monge led Bell’s Asia-Pacific division and served as the Representative Director for Bell in Japan, during which time he expanded the company’s footprint, facilitated key sales agreements and added 326 orders for Bell aircraft. For his first public appearance in the European role, Monge represented Bell at the opening ceremony of European Rotors in Madrid, Spain, his hometown.

Senior Leaders Join Robinson

On Nov. 27, Robinson Helicopter Company announced that Sean Doyle would serve as the new Vice President of Engineering. An engineering and flight test professional, Doyle previously served as Flight Test Manager at Joby Aviation, prior to which he spent 15 years at Garmin where he focused on bringing new technologies to the helicopter market.

Doyle succeeds Pete Riedl in the role. Riedl, who served as VP of Engineering for nearly two decades, worked closely with Frank and Kurt Robinson and led the design of the R66 helicopter. He will continue supporting the company in an advisory capacity.

On Dec. 12, Robinson announced the appointment of Robyn Eagles as the Head of Global Marketing and Communications, in which capacity she will oversee the company’s strategy, marketing and sales. Eagles brings more than 25 years of experience to Robinson and succeeds Terry Hane in the role. “The addition of Robyn Eagles reinforces our commitment to our dealers and customers that have supported our business for more than 50 years,” said President Kurt Robinson in a statement.


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