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January 2006

NASA named Stephen Jurczyk the new Deputy Center Director for the agency’s Langley Research Center, headquartered in Hampton, Virginia. Previously Jurczyk was Langley’s Director of Research and Technology Directorate.  

Scott Smith was hired as chief operating officer for Digital Globe. Smith brings over 24 years of aerospace and commercial remote sensing industry experience to the Longmont, Colorado-based company.

GenCorp, Inc. has added R. Leon Blackburn as vice president, controller at the Sacramento, California-based company. Blackburn will report to the senior vice president and chief financial officer within the technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems.

Lockheed Martin Corporation named Mary Margaret VanDeWeghe as its senior vice president of finance, reporting directly to the executive vice president and chief financial officer. VanDeWeghe brings extensive financial background to her new position located in Bethesda, Maryland.

 S. Michael Scheeringa has been appointed chief executive officers at Raytheon Company’s Flight Options, the company’s fractional ownership entity. Prior to joining Flight Options, Sheeringa served as US Airways’ vice president, Express Division.

The Aerospace Industries Association Governing Board appointed Air Industries Machining Corp. president Peter Rettaliata to its Executive Committee. Mr. Rettaliata also serves as president & CEO of Ashlin Development Corporation.

World Air Holdings, Inc., parent company of World Airways and North American Airlines, has named Jeff Wehrenberg as chief operating officer of North American Airlines. Wehrenberg has been working with World Airways in a consulting capacity since August 2005.

The Aerospace Industries Association Board of Governors has elected Ronald Sugar of Northrop Grumman Corporation to serve as its chairman for 2006. Sugar is chief executive officer for Northrop Grumman and succeeds Robert Johnson of Honeywell Aerospace.

Mark Shields joined DFI Corporate Services as vice president. Mr. Shields is responsible for directing management consulting assignments in the defense, transportations and logistics sectors.

United Technologies Corp. named Bill Brown president of its Fire & Security business. The Hartford, Connecticut-based company provides high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries.

Veteran astronaut and space industry executive Richard O. Covey has been named chief operating officer for United Space Alliance. Previously, Covey served as President of Boeing Service Company, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kevin Smedly has been named the UNITE Alliance representative for Aurora Flight Sciences. The UAV National Industry Team (UNITE) is a coalition of leading Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) companies.

Engineered Support Systems, Inc., named Mitchell B. Rambler president, Support Services Group. Rambler will oversee the combined operations of the group’s four operating units – ESSIbuy.com, Radian, Spacelink, and TAMSCO.

Goodrich Corporation named Steve Chalmers vice president, general manager, Lighting Systems. Chalmers assumes his new role with over 18 years of experience working for Goodrich’s Landing Gear division.

The Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) Group selected Travis Slocumb as senior vice president for business development at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). For the past year Slocumb has served as chief technology officer for the RDT&E Group.

Air Methods Corporation named Mike Allen senior vice president of the Company’s Air Medical Services Division. Allen has served in a number of management and pilot capacities since joining the Denver, Colorado-based company in 1992.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has elected James L. Cameron, corporate vice president and president of the Technical Services sector, to its Board of Directors. The Technical Services sector was newly created in 2006 to leverage existing business strengths and synergies in the rapidly expanding logistics support, sustainment and technical services markets.

Raytheon appointed Courtney B. Banks to serve as vice president of Homeland Security for the company’s Intelligent and Information Systems (IIS) business. In her new position Banks will lead Raytheon’s Strategic Business Area of Homeland Security in the Washington office in Arlington, Virginia.

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December 2005


James A. Robinson has been appointed to the position of President of Z Microsystems. Mr. Robinson will be responsible for directing San Diego, California-based Z Microsystems as the Company responds to program level opportunities in the military’s transformation to the digital battlefield.

Aviall, Inc. has promoted Louis F. Koch to Vice President-Human Resources and Joseph Y. Lacik to Senior Vice President Information Services for its Aviall Services Unit. Aviall is an independent provider of new aviation parts and inventory-related services, located in Dallas, Texas.

Susan J. Mertes has joined AIA as director of Aviation Infrastructure, a new position focusing on improvements to the civil air transportation system. Mertes will be responsible for monitoring and identifying emerging issues and trends related to aviation infrastructure and federally funded advanced systems research and development at the Arlington, Virginia-based company.

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Alliant Techsystems elected Douglas L. Maine as an independent director to the company’s board of directors. Maine was also appointed to serve on the board’s Audit Committee and Finance Committee.

TIMCO Aviation Services, Inc named Ron Utecht President and Chief Operation Officer. Prior to his appointment at the Greensboro, North Carolina-based company Utecht was employed by United Airlines for 39 years, holding various management positions.

The Allied Defense Group, Inc named David B. Collins President of SeaSpace Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Elecsys Corporation appointed Mike Reed as the new President of the Company’s NTG, Inc., subsidiary. Prior to joining Elecsys, Reed was Vice President of Marketing for Ideal Aerosmith, Inc., a provider of inertial guidance test equipment and aerospace engineering services.

Raytheon elected Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Navy (Ret.) to its Board of Directors. Clark joins the Raytheon board following 37 years of distinguished military service.

The Boeing Company has elected Kenneth M. Duberstein lead director, replacing Lew Platt who passed away earlier this year. Duberstein has served on the Boeing board since 1997.

 


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