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People in Aviation: June 2018

05 June 2018

People in Aviation: June 2018

Marc Drobny has joined StandardAero as president of business aviation. Drobny was previously the president of Executive Jet Management for 13 years and served for more than a decade with the U.S. Navy.

Lufthansa Technik AG appointed Constanze Hufenbecher chief financial officer for an additional five years. Hufenbecher is also responsible for the company’s VIP and special missions aircraft services and for corporate services.

Markus T. Inäbnit as executive director of corporate strategy. Before joining F/LIST, Inäbnit held senior executive positions at Suhner, Aerolite, Jet Aviation, and Honeywell Aerospace.

Robert van de Weg has rejoined Volga-Dnepr Group as vice president of sales and marketing. He previously spent three years in senior roles with the company and will be responsible for all commercial airline activity.

Gerald Pratt has been named vice president of finance at Raisbeck Engineering. Pratt has more than 17 years of finance and accounting experience and previously served as financial operations manager for Beckwith & Duffel.

Michael Anckner is the new regional vice president, corporate fleets, USA at Bombardier Business Aircraft. Anckner has worked for Bombardier since 2000 and was most recently sales director, Latin America and the Caribbean for the company.

Nelson Krahenbuhl Salgado has been elected interim executive vice president of finance and investor relations at Embraer. Salgado will replace José Antonio de Almeida Filippo, who resigned.

Cirrus Aircraft promoted Ben Kowalski to senior vice president of sales and marketing. Kowalski will lead all sales and marketing efforts.

Argus International promoted John Illson to executive vice president of its wholly owned PRISM subsidiary. Illson was previously the senior vice president of certification services and regulatory assistance for Argus.

Keith Anderson joined FlightSafety International as director of engineering for simulation products. Anderson has more than 37 years of experience in engineering, aircraft design and certification, customer service, and training, most recently as vice president of engineering for Raisbeck Engineering.

Airplus Maintenance named Robert Zehnder head of customer service and planning. Zehnder brings a background in business aviation and airline MRO to his new role, including with Swissair, SR Technics, Jet Aviation, Altenrhein Aviation, and most recently Kuerzi Avionics.

Marie-Hélène Emond was appointed marketing communications and public relations manager for Esterline Avionics Systems, succeeding Janka Dvornik who retired after 35 years with the company. Emond has held marketing communications management roles in a range of industries, previously serving with ABB, Fordia, BDC, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum.

David Copeland, director of sales for Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, was elected to the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) board of directors. Copeland, who is serving a three-year term that began in March, has 30 years of aviation experience and has held volunteer roles with several aviation organizations.

Stevens Aviation announced Andrew Camp as regional sales manager. Camp served eight years as an aircraft structural repair technician with the U.S. Army and most recently worked as avionics sales manager for Elliott Aviation.

Duncan Aviation has named Alan Monk airframe sales manager and George Bajo modifications sales manager. The two will oversee the sales team at Duncan’s Battle Creek location.


Ian Holder has been announced as Air Partner’s new managing director of Baines Simmons. Holder has more than 25 years of safety management experience and joined Baines Simmons as a principal consultant in 2015.