2013 MRO Europe Conference Speakers
Ran Ackerman, Head of Aircraft Acquisitions & Sales, Maintenance & Engineering, El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.
Ran is a competitive self-starter with consistent track record of marketing and management achievements. He has over 20 years of experience in the aviation industry including variety of management positions in EL AL Israel Airlines' Passenger Marketing Division and Maintenance Division. His current role is Head of Aircraft Acquisitions and Sales for EL AL Airlines. In this position, he is responsible for managing and negotiating EL AL's aircraft leases, acquisitions and sales agreements. In addition to his Airline background, Ran teaches aviation management and aviation marketing classes in universities and colleges.
Mário Araújo, VP Engineering, TAP Maintenance & Engineering
Mário Araújo is Vice President of Engineering at TAP Air Portugal. He is responsible for the business development programs of TAP Air Portugal’s fleet as well as its Engineering and Maintenance Programs. Mario joined TAP Portugal 34 years ago, and has served in various technical and leadership positions with increasing levels of responsibility. He started in the electrical and avionics shops, later becoming an engineering manager for Components Maintenance. In 1998 he was appointed Director of Engineering.
In addition to his duties at TAP, Mario has been active as a lecturer in the Physics and EE departments of Lisbon Technical University. Mr. Araújo earned his Engineering Diploma from the Engineering School of the Technical University in Lisbon in 1972.
Martin Assmann, EVP Civil Sales, Sabena Technics
Martin Assmann, EVP Civil Sales, began his career in the aeronautical industry 23 years ago.
He started his career in Germany within the Lufthansa Group, where he held various positions, both in the airline and in the maintenance branch. He then developed his experience in Sales and Marketing abroad at AMECO Beijing in China, Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg and JorAMCo in Amman, where he held the position of Chief Commercial Officer. He later became Avtrade’s Chief Marketing Officer, taking the head of Marketing for the Group. In 2013, Martin Assmann joined Sabena technics as EVP Civil Sales, based in Paris. Martin Assmann oversees Civil Sales (including VIP completion) as well as Customer Support and Project Management and Proposal for all the civilian activities of Sabena technics.
Today, Sabena technics employs over 3000 persons worldwide, with 18 sites and a turnover of 534 million euros. Martin Assmann, 52 years old, is a graduate of the University of Hamburg as Industrial Engineer.
Ignas Avizonis, Head of NDT Laboratory, FL Technics Training
Ignas Avizonis is the Head of the Non-Destructive Testing Laboratory at the Engineering and Planning Department of FL Technics, a global provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aircraft owners, operators and lessors.
Ignas has been active in the aviation business since 1979. Prior to joining FL Technics, Ignas was working for Aeroflot branches in Lithuania and Latvia as well as for the technical department of Lithuanian Airlines.
He holds extensive experience in various aviation business sectors with exceptional expertise in base and line maintenance, aircraft engineering, reliability and diagnostics, powerplant & airframe maintenance, non-destructive testing, borescope inspection, as well as MRO training systems and programs, one-stop-shop maintenance solutions and consulting services.
Fernando Barragao, Material Support Director, Embraer
After an International Trade education and some years working for the European Subsidiary of Western Digital (one of the worldwide Computer Hard Drive leader), Fernando Barragao joined Embraer in 1988.
At Embraer, worked in the components trade activity before joining the Customer Support team as Customer Account Manager. Currently Fernando is the head of Material and Supply Chain for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, working at this role since 2007.
Jonathan Berger, VP, ICF SH&E
Jonathan Berger has more than 20 years of aviation maintenance and engineering experience and is responsible for coordinating worldwide maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) engagements. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, MRO outsourcing, supply chain management, information technology, process re-design, and MRO sales and marketing.
Mr. Berger spent 14 years in the maintenance division at Delta Air Lines in various leadership positions in base maintenance, engineering and planning, and quality. At Delta TechOps, he was based in Paris, France, as the general manager–Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, where he developed and executed an MRO sales and marketing strategy.
Mr. Berger has a B.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Iain Blackhall, Managing Director Civil Aviation, Aviation Week
Iain Blackhall is Managing Director, Civil Aviation, for Aviation Week. Blackhall is responsible for business growth across Aviation Week's global multimedia portfolio for the commercial aviation and MRO sectors, including digital and print publications, events and products. He is also associate publisher, civil, for Aviation Week & Space Technology. Blackhall was previously Managing Director, EMEA, with Aviation Week. He has extensive experience in international market development and a strong track record for growing Aviation Week's brand, products and sales in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a keen understanding of our customers around the globe, is digitally focused, and drives revenue.
Iain joined Aviation Week in 2007. Previously, he was group managing director at the Shephard Group and has held several positions in digital and publishing companies over the past two decades. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management development from the University of Leicester.
Richard Brown, Principal, ICF SH&E
Richard Brown is a Principal consultant at ICF SH&E. Richard has more than 10 years of experience in the aerospace industry, including seven years consulting with ICF SH&E (formerly AeroStrategy) where he has managed projects with a broad global client base, including airlines, manufacturers, and training suppliers. His extensive aerospace market forecasting experience led to the development of the AeroStrategy business aviation maintenance market forecast. Mr. Brown’s areas of special interest range from the Middle East market, business aviation, and pilot and mechanic training to aircraft component manufacturing and support. His previous experience includes various market analysis roles at TRW Lucas Aerospace and Goodrich Corporation.
Mr. Brown has a B.Sc. in International History from the London School of Economics and an M.Sc. in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University.
Michael Burns, Head of Aviation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
With over 18 years of professional experience in transport and aerospace/defence management and consultancy roles, Michael is the PwC Corporate Finance Aviation leader. Michael has extensive experience in aviation infrastructure asset valuation, business case development and operational performance improvement, he has significant experience of aviation infrastructure concessions and due diligence, including air traffic management, airport and aviation services assets. Michael previously led Booz & Company’s aviation infrastructure business in London.
Phil Carroll, Chief Commercial Officer, Sanad Aero Solutions
Phil Carroll is the Chief Commercial Officer of Sanad which is the financing arm of Mubadala Aerospace’s MRO network and a cornerstone to the execution of the unit’s global MRO strategy.
With over 35 years of aviation and finance experience, Phil is responsible for developing the company’s commercial strategy and driving growth across the business.
In his early career, Phil served with the Royal Air Force as an Engineering Officer having joined as an aircraft engineering apprentice in 1976.
On leaving the RAF in 1997, Phil joined GE where he managed the global growth and development of the Engine Services On Wing Support business setting up a network of operations in Europe and Asia. He moved into a sales role in 2001 as Regional Sales Leader for GE Military Systems and prior to joining Sanad, he worked for GE Capital Aviation Services for 4 years, first leading their Component Management business and more recently in Aircraft and Engine leasing commercial roles.
Phil has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Hertfordshire and a Degree in Management Studies from Henley Management College.
Yen-Pu Paul Chen, Director Forecasts & Analytics, Aviation Week
Paul is Aviation Week’s Director of Forecasts and Analytics. Based in Chicago, he heads up Aviation Week’s Fleet and MRO Forecast initiative. Paul’s prior experience includes various management positions with Bombardier Aerospace, United Airlines, Continental Airlines, GE, Textron, AAR and United Business Media (UBM)’s OAG division. He has a wide range of expertise in aviation, including commercial aircraft marketing and airline analysis; business aviation aftermarket strategic planning; new technology applications in aircraft cabin interiors; cabin quality and line maintenance continuous improvement; aircraft components MRO business development; military logistics; network carrier schedule planning; pricing management; marketing frequent flyer program and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system development and airline sales performance management. He was once an expatriate stationed in Beijing, China as the chief marketing representative for Bombardier Aerospace.
Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering, a Master of Science with Honors in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Purdue University. He is Six Sigma trained and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Andrea Di Fede, VP Commercial Services - Customer Services, SuperJet International
During the last 12 years of passionate work Andrea dedicated himself to the aviation industry in positions of progressively increasing responsibility.
He was appointed Vice President of Commercial Services in 2011. In this role, he provides leadership for the commercial team responsible to market the entire spectrum of aftermarket services for the SSJ100 aircraft within the Venice-based Customer Services organization. Prior to his current assignment, Andrea was based in Moscow, Russian Federation and actively contributed to the start-up of this ambitious Italian/Russian venture.
He also has extensive experience in the MRO domain having previously served in the capacity of International Sales Manager for the Cologne-based maintenance company Nayak Aircraft Service, as Customer Account Manager for a Rome-based company providing services to bizjet operators and maintaining the Italian Government’s fleet of CL415 firefighters.
Andrea is a graduate of Università di Roma “La Sapienza” where he earned his Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, Andrea earned his Post-Graduate Master's Degree in Air Transport Business Management with part of the course work taken at the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile (Toulouse, France).
Andrea has also lectured at the Aviation Master in Business Administration, Corporate Education Programs promoted by a leading private Italian Business School, and speaker at Aviation Week MRO events.
Chris Doan, Chairman & CEO, TeamSAI
40 Years of Aviation Experience - Areas of Expertise: Executive Management & Development, Strategic Planning, Organizational Change & Development, Operations, Productivity & Performance Systems, Major Project Planning & Execution, Process Efficiency & Control, Cultural Transformations.
Chris Doan is TeamSAI’s Chairman & CEO and a partner in the firm. Chris understands this business exceptionally well having spent 36 years in leadership positions with major airlines, MROs and manufacturing. He has focused most of his career on improving troubled operations in a broad array of assignments including senior executive roles in airlines, MROs and aviation manufacturing businesses. Six years ago, Chris and three other partners acquired the TeamSAI Consulting practice. While the firm serves the entire industry with broad consulting services, we know them on this podium for their keen sense of industry trends and their MRO forecast insights.
Peter Fuchs, Managing Director, The PinPoint Group, LLC
Offering a mix of experience in strategy, corporate finance, marketing and aircraft operations, Peter Fuchs brings nearly 20 years of aviation to our discussion. He currently leads The PinPoint Group, a new business unit within United Technologies that is bringing new RFID-enabled tool control systems to market. Peter previously led Sikorsky Aircraft’s global technical support organization, including customer training, maintenance planning, technical publications, ground support equipment and analytics technology. In prior roles he directed product development for an early-stage, high-growth private jet fleet operator based in San Francisco, led due diligence engagements on behalf of clients across the aerospace and defense industry as a Director in KPMG's Mergers & Acquisitions practice, and served as the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for one of the largest fractional aircraft ownership operators. Mr. Fuchs holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Yale University, and he began his career as a professional pilot. He holds type ratings on Gulfstream, Challenger and Falcon business jets.
Carl Glover, VP Sales, AAR Aviation Supply Chain Group
Carl Glover currently serves as Vice President Sales for the Aviation Supply Chain Group of AAR CORP.
Mr. Glover joined AAR Corp in 2000 as a Sales Manager within the Aircraft Turbine Center, responsible for inventory sales to operators, financial houses, lessors, OEM’s, MRO’s and various intermediaries. In 2004 Mr. Glover was promoted to Director Commercial Sales for the EMEA region for the Aircraft Turbine Centre helping achieve their business plan alongside implementing growth in their business footprint.
Mr. Glover was promoted to Vice President Sales for the Aviation Supply Chain group in March 2009. In this expanded role, Mr. Glover has oversight for the support & growth of the Aviation Supply Chain activities of AAR in the EMEA region. The focus of the supply chain group is engine leasing & component support, airframe inventory programs, structured repair & flight hour & Pooling agreements. The supply chain group also assist clients with component MRO Management alongside Asset Disposal & Trading activities.
Mr. Glover holds both Graduate and Post Graduate qualifications in Marketing.
Tadas Goberis, CEO, AviaAM Leasing
Tadas Goberis has obtained an exceptional level of experience in the sales and IT segments, accumulated during his 15 years of professional activity. He started his career as a Sales Manager in 1999 at Baltic Amadeus UAB, the first IT company in Lithuania, providing programming projects and services. In 2001 Tadas joined Sonex kompiuteriai UAB as a Project Manager, where he supervised and lead large IT projects. Four years later he was appointed as the Director of Tetranet UAB, a daughter company of Sonex Group. In 2006 Tadas joined Hewlett-Packard UAB, the Lithuanian branch of one of the world‘s leading PC manufacturers, Hewlett-Packard. Over the following two years, Tadas proved to be a true and dedicated professional and was subsequently appointed to the position of Sales Director in Lithuania. In 2012, Tadas was promoted to the position of the Sales Director in the Baltic States thus taking the lead of the entire sales team for the region's three countries. The diverse experience Tadas has accumulated throughout his successful professional career has lead him to the current position of the Chief Executive Officer at AviaAM Leasing, a global aviation company engaged in the aircraft leasing and management business. Tadas Goberis obtained a bachelor‘s degree in Business Management at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.
Erik Goedhart, SVP Aerospace, Kuehne+Nagel
After 12 years of several sales and marketing assignments with NCR Computers, Erik started in aviation in 1993 as VP Marketing & Sales of Fokker Aircraft services. After the bankruptcy of Fokker Aircraft in 1996, Fokker Services was established where he became the VP Marketing & Sales. After two years as Executive Vice President Marketing in the Stork Technical Service group, he re- entered Fokker Services in 2001 and with his team developed the FUTURE® remarketing program. In 2003 Erik started his own aerospace advisory services company. As of January 2007 he joined the global logistic company Kuehne+Nagel as Vice President Global Business Development Aerospace. Since April 2009 Erik was back with Fokker again as Vice President Marketing & Sales and the FLYFokker programs were developed as a reaction to the recession in the global aviation. As of June 1, 2011, Erik again joined Kuehne+Nagel to further increase the market share in the aerospace logistics market with ‘’Supply the Sky’’, integrated aerospace logistic solutions.
Phillip Grant, Engineering Services Sales Manager, TES Aviation Group
Phillip is a graduate of the Ministry of Defence Airframe and Engine Technician Apprenticeship. There he was awarded a diploma in Airline Maintenance Management from the International Centre of Aerospace Training Cardiff and soon progressed to the grade of Professional Technical Officer on Military aircraft fleets.
Specializing in areas including technical services, airframe and engine overhaul, fleet planning and costing, Phillip broadened his 18 years of aviation experience by holding positions at LTU Airlines, Aeronavali Maintenance, British Airways and Airbus A380 production, gaining first-hand understanding of requirements for the Airline, MRO and OEM sectors respectively.
Phillip joined TES in 2010 as an Engineer and soon moved to the Commercial department, focusing on global sales for Engineering Consultancy Services. Phillip now works closely with airlines, financiers and lessors establishing strategic partnerships in which maximum value can be extracted from the TES platform of service offerings.
John Harris, GM Engineering, Panasonic UK
John Has worked for Panasonic Toughbook for the last 10 years rising from Sales Engineer to the giddy rank of Engineering GM for the EU operation. His current responsibilities are the management of the Toughbook pre and post sales engineering team. John’s specialties are wireless communication and certification. He has worked on over 450 Toughbook projects including the EFB projects with EasyJet, TUI, Thomas Cook & Swiss Air to name but a few.
He hopes to do a better presentation than Paul Saunders but isn't keeping his hopes up.
Martin Harrison, Principal Consultant, ICF SH&E
Mr. Harrison is a Principal at ICF SH&E in London UK and has over 26 years serving in airlines and consultancy. His expertise primarily lies in airline Operations including re-structuring, start-up, network operations, maintenance cost, fuel conservation, safety management systems and crew resource planning and training. He was previously COO at Spirit airlines in the US and Pluna airlines in Uruguay, and prior to this held various operations and maintenance roles in easyJet and British Airways. Mr. Harrison holds an MBA from IESE University in Spain, and an MSc from Bristol University in the UK.
Ed Hazelwood, Editor-in-Chief Conferences, Aviation Week
Ed has spent more than 20 years reporting on aviation, aerospace and defense. Currently he organizes aviation/aerospace conferences in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has been chief correspondent for a national television news program devoted to aviation and wrote extensively on aerospace in Russia and China and ballistic missile defense in the U.S. Ed does significant public speaking at aviation and aerospace events and conferences around the world. He has won numerous awards in journalism, including the International Award for Best Continuing Coverage of a news story by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press Regional Broadcast Award for coverage of the Walker espionage case, and Best Individual Effort by a Reporter from Associated Press for uncovering fraud, waste and abuse in Virginia government. Ed received his B.S. mass communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Gerard Heimendinger, Head of Flight Hour Services Programs & Operations, Airbus
Gerard began his career in the French Air Force and then in 1987 moved to work for Airbus as the Head of Paint Shop Facilities. He has held a number of roles in Airbus and ATR in the Cabin Interiors and Electrical Manufacturing Unit before becoming Vice President Industry for ATR Operations in 1998. He moved to be Vice President Spares Support for ATR Customer Services in 2002 and then in 2006 moved to the Program Management and Industrial Strategy department for EADS ATR. He took up his current role in 2009.
Ken Herbert, Aerospace Equity Analyst, Imperial Capital
Ken Herbert is a Senior Vice President with Imperial Capital, and is the firm’s Senior Equity Analyst covering the Aerospace & Defense sector. In his work on the Aerospace and Defense industry, Ken developed extensive proprietary research, including a closely-followed aftermarket survey, and has extensive industry contacts with both public and private companies. Ken was voted a “Best on the Street” in the Wall Street Journal 2011 Analyst Survey. Prior to joining Imperial Capital in June 2012, Mr. Herbert worked for Wedbush Securities as an equity research analyst in San Francisco. Prior to Wedbush, he was a partner with Frost & Sullivan, where he managed the firm’s Aerospace and Defense practice. Ken began his Wall Street as a research associate in 2000 with Salomon Smith Barney. In addition, Ken has had other Aerospace consulting experience with Defense Forecasts. Mr. Herbert earned his M.B.A from the University of Michigan, and graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Politics.
Tim Hoyland, Partner, Oliver Wyman
Mr. Hoyland is a Partner in the Global Aviation practice of Oliver Wyman. He focuses on helping airline suppliers and airlines improve profitability and respond to the challenges posed by structural changes in the industry. Mr. Hoyland is very experienced in negotiations, pricing strategy, airline maintenance, and in-flight catering for mainline and regional carriers.
Mr. Hoyland holds an H.B.A. from the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Canada.
François-Xavier Hussenet, GM Product Marketing Commercial Engines & Services, Snecma
F.X. is a French aeronautical engineer graduated from ESTACA Engineering School in Paris. He also studied Business and Marketing at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a master degree in Marketing and Communication from Paris Business School. He joined Snecma in 2003 in the Military Engine Division as Contract Administration and Logistics Manager for the M53 engine (Mirage 2000 jetfighter engine). He managed contracts with the Air Forces of Greece, Taiwan and India. Then he has joined the CFM marketing team in Snecma Commercial Engine Division in 2006 as Marketing Manager for Spare Parts. He became Product Marketing Director for CFM56 in 2008. He is now GM Product Marketing Commercial Engines & Services for Snecma overseeing CFM, PowerJet and Silvercrest products.
David Hygate, Director, Europe, TeamSAI
David Hygate spent nearly 38 years working for Rolls-Royce plc covering a variety of responsibilities including spare parts forecasting and cost analysis, market forecasting and competitive analysis and marketing operations and personally drove the development of advanced forecasting methods and systems for the company. Early in this period he lived in Japan for two years supporting ANA and the domestic airline, TOA. He helped create the “engine for every aircraft“ strategy which propelled the company’s market share from around 10% to 30% during the 1990s. He was a founder member of the outstandingly successful Trent engine project team, accountable for marketing, before moving to Toulouse for five years where he ran the IAE and Rolls-Royce offices there and built a successful relationship with Airbus on behalf of both companies. On his return to the Derby HQ he was briefly responsible for single-aisle engine strategy and the Trent 900 before moving over to the fast-growing MRO side of the business. After spells in front line Customer Business and Business Development where he honed his selling and commercial skills, dealing with a wide range of customers and other industry participants from around the world, he moved to Texas to help drive the revenues of the Rolls-Royce/American Airlines JV engine MRO shop TAESL for three years.
David left Rolls-Royce in 2009 and has since been working with TeamSAI on a variety of projects, mainly around MRO.
He is an experienced manager of large, multi-disciplined departments and small teams, liaising with other specialist functions as required with a management style of a leader and persuader using co-operation and involvement of team members rather than enforcement. Has consistently achieved sales targets and other goals, is results-orientated and operates successfully in either ambiguous or clearly-defined environments.
He has a diploma in Computing from Derby University and speaks some French and even less German.
Ken Jones, Director, Electronic Data Standards, ATA e-Business Program
With over 30 years of aviation industry experience, Ken Jones joined ATA in 2002 and is currently Director of Electronic Data Standards. In this role, Ken manages cross-industry electronic data exchange standards development for the ATA e-Business Program. These standards encompass such functional areas as Materiel Management, Part Traceability, RFID, Reliability Data, Regulatory Data and Maintenance Information. Prior to ATA, he served as Director of Data & Integration at Cordiem, a collaborative B2B aviation industry solutions provider owned by major airlines and manufacturers. Previously, he spent over 18 years at Contintental DataGraphics, a Boeing company, where he last served as Director of Marketing for the company’s Engineering Services group, having previously spent time in project management and system development. He has both a BA in Economics and a Masters in Business Administration from UCLA.
Andreas Kalina, VP Marketing & Sales Europe, Middle East & Africa, MTU Maintenance
Andreas Kalina began his career in the aerospace industry in 1990 with interturbine Germany, a subsidiary of the interturbine group of companies. After various positions in customer support and sales he became member of the executive management in 1996, heading production control, marketing, and sales.
Andreas joined MTU Maintenance in Hanover in 1997 as Area Manager Sales & Customer Support. In 2002, he was appointed Vice President Marketing and Sales Europe, Middle East & Africa for the MTU Maintenance group.
Andreas studied business administration at the academy of economics in Kiel, Germany.
Leo Koppers, SVP Marketing & Sales, MTU Maintenance
Leo Koppers holds degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Haarlem University and in Business Administration from Nijenrode Business School in the Netherlands.
He started his career in 1982 at KLM in purchasing. In 1988 he moved to Chromalloy Gas Turbines’ Turbine Support Europe where he was in charge of all commercial matters. Promoted to Deputy Man-aging Director in 1989, he initiated a joint venture with KLM to perform PW100 engine maintenance, now part of Standard Aero. In 1999, he became VP Marketing & Sales of Chromalloy Gas Turbine Corp.
Leo Koppers joined the MTU Maintenance group in 2002 and is currently Senior VP Marketing &Sales.
Sascha Leitner, Head of Network Sales, Aircraft Base Maintenance, Lufthansa Technik
Sascha Leitner began his career in the aerospace industry in 2000 with ASL Aircraft Services Lemwerder, an independent Base Maintenance provider. After a position in engineering he was appointed Manager Sales & Marketing.
In 2002 he joined DIEHL Avionik in Frankfurt as Manager Business Development being responsible for military platforms and helicopters.
Sascha joined Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg in 2006 as Sales Executive for Government and Special Mission Aircraft Services. In 2008, he was appointed Head of Network Sales, Aircraft Base Maintenance for the Lufthansa Technik group’s Base Maintenance Network.
Sascha studied aeronautical and aerospace engineering at the technical university of Braunschweig, Germany.
Tom Levin, GM Materials Solutions, GE Aviation
Tom Levin is the General Manager for Materials Services for GE Aviation, Services. In this role, he is responsible for Customer service/fulfillment for new parts, used parts, component repairs and customized material solutions across all GE/CFM commercial engine platforms. His team also leads the MRO network strategy for GE/CFM.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Levin held various GE Aviation roles in Design Engineering and Customer/ Product Support. Most recently, Mr. Levin was the General Manager of the GEnx Sales and Services organizations, where he was accountable for growing the GEnx engine installed base, selling customized services agreements, and creating an MRO network ready to support the entry of the GEnx into revenue service.
Mr. Levin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a Masters Degree in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Cincinnati.
Todd Lewis, President, Component Control
Mr. Lewis has over 25 years of experience designing, developing and implementing software solutions for the aerospace and defense industries. With a customer oriented focus, Mr. Lewis has been extremely successful implementing applications including Inventory Control, MRO, Configuration Management and Maintenance Control for Airlines. Mr. Lewis has worked with a wide variety of leading edge technologies and has extensive experience with all aspects of product design, development, testing and implementation. This experience is indeed global as it included significant project experience in the United Kingdom, France and Saudi Arabia. With his background, Mr. Lewis brings a balanced perspective as it pertains to the practical and effective application of technology solutions for the ComponentControl.com customer base. Mr. Lewis has attended Edison State University and Ohio State University.
Guillaume Limouzy, Aircraft Sales Support, Services Sales & Authorized Aircraft Service Centers Network Manager, Embraer
Following an Aeronautical Engineering degree in France, he join a Regional French Airlines as Station Manager during 5 years, later on join Airbus Customer Support in China and US.
Since 2000, he has taken on several roles within the Embraer Customer Support team starting as a Customer Support Engineer for Europe, Africa and Middle East regions, and then becoming Engineering Services Manager, for Europe, Middle East and Africa team, in 2005, Guillaume has been Embraer Aircraft Sales Support, Services Sales & Authorized Aircraft Service Centers Network Manager.
His main achievements include developing the Embraer Service Centers Network in Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as strengthening Embraer services portfolio.
José-Marie Louis, VP Engine Services, Air France Industries
Dave Marcontell, President & COO, TeamSAI
David has been with TeamSAI since 2001 serving in Project Management roles involving Strategic Planning, Operational Performance Improvement, New Aircraft Entry‐In‐Service, Flight Operations Authority Expansion, Mergers and Acquisition Due Diligence, Organizational Structure and Design, Executive Coaching, and Engineering and Maintenance Planning.
As one of the original partners of the firm and now serving as the President and COO of TeamSAI M&E Solutions, TeamSAI’s airline technical services business, David has been instrumental in the successful growth of the firm with expansion into new areas providing strategic and tactical support to clients around the world
Before joining TeamSAI David served in increasingly challenging technical and executive positions throughout the transportation industry, with new startups and major passenger, cargo and express airlines, OEMs, and metropolitan mass transit authorities. Serving in leadership roles including Chief Engineer, Director of Maintenance, and VP‐Operations, David possesses a comprehensive breadth of operational and business understanding that has proven to be of significant value to clients in all sectors of the aviation industry.
Utilizing his experience as a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a developed understanding of LEAN and other process improvement tactics, David has been instrumental in leading project team activities resulting in the multi‐million dollar improvements in operational, supply‐chain and production performance with numerous clients. Additionally, David has applied his experience as a former Designated Engineering Representative (DER) to lead several technical support projects.
Patrick Markham, VP Technical Services, HEICO Aerospace
Patrick Markham received his BS in Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. Pat worked on PW4090, PW4098 certification programs and F119 development programs while at Pratt & Whitney. In 1997, Pat joined HEICO to work on the PMA compressor blade certification programs. Pat is currently VP of Technical Services for HEICO, with technical oversight responsibility for HEICO’s PMA activities.
Gary Martin, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Service Programs, Bombardier
Gary Martin was appointed Vice President, Sales, Marketing, and Service Programs for Bombardier Customer Services in June 2010. In this role, Mr. Martin is responsible for all aftermarket sales, marketing, and communications activities for both Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Bombardier Business Aircraft programs. In addition, he is responsible for driving development of new and enhanced cost-per-hour service programs as well as other innovative aftermarket services.
With 25 years in the aerospace industry, Mr. Martin brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Before joining Bombardier, Mr. Martin worked for Honeywell where he held leadership positions in Operations, Customer & Product Support, and the Air Transport & Regional Business. Prior to that, he served as the senior director of Base Maintenance and senior director of Engineering and Maintenance Support at America West Airlines in Phoenix. He also held engineering and fleet management roles at American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Eastern Airlines in Miami, Florida.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech, an MBA from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, and is a licensed FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanic.
Greg Martin, General Manager, AJW Technique
Newly appointed as General Manager of AJW Technique, Greg led the bid team that assessed the business case for the acquisition of the Aveos Component Maintenance division. Joining A J Walter Aviation earlier this year, Greg brings more than 25 years’ experience working in the aviation and aerospace sectors in a variety of global organisations from OEMs to independent service providers. Greg has held responsibility for commercial businesses with revenues of more than $250M and associated profit streams, and has a complementary mix of commercial operations and strategic management skills, gained from some of the leading companies in the industry.
Fernando Matos, Head of Information Technologies, TAP Maintenance & Engineering
Fernando Matos joined TAP Maintenance & Engineering in 1980 as Maintenance Planning Deputy Division Manager, being appointed Head of Information Technologies in 2005, where he is responsible for defining IT strategies and systems to support TAP M&E business requirements.
In 1991 he coordinated the Information Strategy Planning for TAP M&E, being appointed in 1994 Project Manager for the development and implementation of TAP M&E Information Strategy Plan, having coordinated the in-house development of the Integrated IT Platform COSMOS that supports the entire operation of TAP Maintenance & Engineering.
He was also in charge of the IT Department of TAP affiliate, TAP Maintenance & Engineering Brazil, having the responsibility for the modernization of its IT infrastructure and the integration of operational systems between Portugal and Brazil.
For the past years, he has been involved in the analysis and implementation of IT innovation technologies to support MRO processes, namely RFID and Mobility systems.
He is a Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering graduate by the Lisbon Technical University, Instituto Superior Técnico.
Patrick Morcus, Managing Director, Nayak Aircraft Services
Driving along the California coastline in a Chevy convertible Camaro SS, catching sunrays and a warm breeze, on my way to the former McDonnell Douglas factories in Long Beach, is one of my favorite work experiences. This was my reward for working closely with Boeing towards the launch of their GoldCare program. It was the start of a long-term collaboration between our company (Nayak) and Boeing, as we now support Boeing’s 777, 787, 747-8 and 737NGs.
In this lecture I will take you on a journey that combines my experiences from being a father to 3 lovely daughters and a skiing fanatic, to persuading CEOs to outsource and dealing with growing competition between OEMs: As all these elements contribute to shaping the future of an European MRO.
Daniel Moylan, Mayor of London’s Aviation Adviser
Daniel Moylan has led the Mayor of London’s work on aviation policy for over two years, championing the case for construction of a new hub airport to serve London and the UK.
He spent over three years as Deputy Chairman of Transport for London (from 2009 to 2012), where he oversaw a massive program of investment in transport infrastructure and led the Mayor’s work to improve London’s public realm. He remains a Member of the Board of Transport for London. He also served as Chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Daniel has been a Conservative councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since 1990 and was Deputy Leader of the Council from 2000 to 2011.
Eng. Hisham Nasser, Vice Chairman, Maintenance and Engineering, EgyptAir
Graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo in 1982, Faculty of Engineering- (B.Sc.) in Electronics and Telecommunications, has a Diploma in the Total Quality Management from the American University in Cairo in 2004 and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Joined Egypt Air Technical Division in 1985 as a Radio Engineer. In 2002 when Egypt Air restructured and became a holding company and subsidiaries, the Technical Division became EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering company, he became a member in the task force committee responsible for re-establishing the company procedures to meet the Part 145 approval requirements.
In 2006 became the QA Director responsible for managing the changes required within the company until became fully rated EASA Part 145 approved in 2008 and FAR 145 approved in 2010 and for standardizing the CAMO to meet EASA Part M subpart G requirements.
In 2008 was elected as a Vice Chairman of the technical committee of the Arab Air Carrier Organization (AACO), in 2010 became a member in the MRO task force in the same organization and in April 2013 was elected to be the Chairman of AACO MRO Collaboration Steering Board.
In 2011 and as the company activities grow, he became the Vice Chairman and Accountable Manager responsible for ensuring that maintenance operations remain in compliance with the applicable Civil Aviation Authorities and the International Standards requirements.
In February 2013 became a member in the Board of Directors for EgyptAir Maintenance and Engineering Company.
Carlo Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility & Auto-ID Programme Information, Communication & Technology, Airbus
Carlo K Nizam is the Head of Value Chain Visibility and RFID. He is leading the strategic development, industrialization and execution of all RFID activities across the Airbus company.
Airbus is using RFID is part of an integrated company-wide approach to streamline business processes and reduce the cost of operations for all partners in the value chain. Carlo will provide an overview of this corporate programme, explain how Airbus is using RFID to help improve operations across the aircraft lifecycle and discuss some of Airbus' recent large scale projects.
Carlo's previous roles span aircraft design, operations management, procurement and supply chain management. His formal education includes a Bachelor and Master of Engineering degree from the University of Bristol.
Ralf Nöther, Technical Director, European Air Transport Leipzig
Ralf Nöther, Technical Director of European Air Transport Leipzig (EAT), one of the largest DHL airlines, serving more than 50 airports in Europe with eleven Boeing 757 and sixteen (phase-in by mid 2013) Airbus 300-600 freighter aircraft. Ralf studied industrial engineering and started his aviation career as Project and Planning Engineer at Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt. Having served in several senior Customer Support and Sales positions at Lufthansa Technik’s Hamburg operations for more than a decade, he assumed the position of Germanwings’ Technical Director. In 2006 Ralf moved to Leipzig to head the rapidly expanding Maintenance organization of EAT and later became EAT’s Technical Director. Since 2011, he has been technically supervising the phase-in of 18 A300-600 into the DHL air network.
Andrius Norkevičius, Deputy Head of Engineering & Planning Department, FL Technics
Andrius Norkevičius is the Deputy Head of the Engineering and Planning Department of FL Technics, a global provider of integrated maintenance, repair and overhaul services for aircraft owners, operators and lessors.
Andrius has been involved in the aviation business since 2010, during which he has achieved some remarkable results. From the time he joined FL Technics as the Deputy Head of the Engineering and Planning department, his decisions drastically expanded the company’s activities and improved the performance of operations for the entire Engineering and Planning department.
Prior to FL Technics, Andrius had been working with major international brands. He has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, product introduction and the process improvement fields.
He holds extensive experience and familiarity with various aviation sectors and maintains outstanding knowledge in aviation business, regional economic and business disparities as well as internal process analysis and improvement.
Hawazen Otaibi, Director IT, Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited – JorAMCo
With over 12 years experience in the technology field, Hawazen Otaibi has a proven track record in managing technology operations and programs in diverse industries including aviation, construction, publishing, education, electronics, and information services.
Currently, Hawazen is the Director of Information Technology at Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Company (JorAMCo), a leading independent aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) company in the Middle East. As IT Director, Hawazen is responsible for JorAMCo's corporate-wide IT strategy, applications, infrastructure, and operations. He manages all aspects of technology that support business development with the objective of achieving JorAMCo's strategic goals.
Prior to joining JorAMCo, Hawazen served as the Director of Information Technology for HQA Consulting – a leading company in the field of construction and project management. In addition to overseeing technology strategy and operations, Hawazen established the R&D unit that was responsible for developing software solutions in support of construction operations and project life-cycle management.
Before joining HQA Consulting, Hawazen managed the Information Systems department at Atlas Group – the leading developer of language learning devices and educational software in the Middle East. In this capacity he was responsible for management systems development and creating educational applications.
Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Hawazen holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Yarmouk University. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pascal Parant, VP Corporate Marketing, AAR Corp.
Pascal Parant currently serves as Vice President Corporate Marketing of AAR CORP.
Mr. Parant joined the company in 1999 and held several positions in different divisions that gave him a global view of the company. He became Vice President Corporate Marketing in January 2007.
In this role, Mr. Parant is building long-term relationships with existing clients and attracts new airline and OEM customers. In addition, he acts as a liaison between different AAR operating units, increasing the flow of timely information across international locations and with customers.
Mr. Parant is a graduate of ESTACA (92), a French Aeronautical Engineering School.
Prior joining AAR, Mr. Parant entered in 1997 the board of Air Mediterranee, a French Charter Airlines, and up to date is still a board member.
Mr. Parant has been elected in 2012 at the board of USAIRE, an association of American and European member companies focused on aerospace and advanced technologies.
Nicholas Pittler, VP MRO’s & Business Development, ILFC Technical Services
Nicholas brings over 25 years experience in the aviation sector to his role as Vice President MRO’s and Business Development at ILFC, the world’s leading lessor. Since joining ILFC in 2001, he has completed lease transfers, negotiations, and repossessions in over 50 different countries.
In his current role he heads the company’s MRO support office as well the analysis and business development groups. He is responsible for directing ILFC’s worldwide MRO network, cost cutting incentives, business opportunities, joint ventures, and maintenance cost forecasting.
Prior to his tenure at ILFC, Nicholas spent 15 years at United Airlines serving various leadership roles that included positions as a maintenance manager, fleet analyst, engineer, as well as many years as a sheet metal and avionics mechanic.
José Luis Quirós Cuevas, Commercial & Business SVP, Iberia Maintenance & Engineering
José Luis Quirós Cuevas is mastered in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid since 1980. José Luis moved into aeronautical engineering as senior Aircraft Systems Engineer in 1988. Between 1989 and 2000 he was appointed MD-80 Engineering Division Manager followed by Short haul Engineering Unit Manager and Narrow body fleet General Manager. Following he held positions as Engineering Director, Power plant Overhaul Shop Director at IBERIA, followed by Vice President Maintenance Operations. Between 2008 and 2009 José Luis was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Vueling and Accountable Manager, and finally appointed Commercial and Business Development Senior Vice President in 2009, reporting directly to IBERIA Maintenance & Engineering General Manager.
José Luis Quirós is also an Associated Professor for Aerospace Materials at the School of Aeronautical Engineering in the Madrid Polytechnic University. Between 2006 and 2008 he was Member of the Executive Commission representing IBERIA at ATECMA (Spanish Trade Association for Aerospace).
Dr. He Ren, Deputy Chief Engineer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Co Ltd (COMAC), Shanghai Aircraft Customer Service Co Ltd
- 15 years working experience within real aerospace industries internationally
- Skilled with experience in managing large size team on complex tasks in government
- 10 years teaching and research experience in universities with postgraduate supervision
- Managing aviation science and technology corporation for commercial projects
- Expertise in aircraft reliability, safety, maintainability, airworthiness, and maintenance engineering and management
- Proven ability to work in unison with OEM, operator, university, regulators, and government
Education and Training
- PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnic University, 1997
- Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering (Reliability and Safety), Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA), China, 1987
- Certificate: The senior talent training program on aircraft design, the Aviation Ministry of China, Beijing. 1994
- English Certificate: Intensive English Program, Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU), 1991
Research Interests and Expertise
- Reliability, Maintainability, Safety, and Supportability Analysis and Design
- Reliability Centered Maintenance and MSG approach
- Airworthiness Certifying with FAR, JAR, EASA, CCAR Regulations
- Risk Assessment and management
- Non Destructive Inspection (NDI) techniques
- Environmental, life, and Reliability Test
- Life Cycle Cost (LCC) Analysis
- Fuzzy Logic and Its Application in Reliability Engineering
- Mechanical Wear and Corrosion Protection Technology
- Logistics Engineering and Management
Enrique Robledo, Engine Shop & Powerplant Director, Iberia Maintenance
Aeronautical Engineer by the UPM (Madrid) and MBA by the IE (Instituto de Empresa)
17 years experience in the aerospace industry, 10 of them working for IBERIA and previously working for several aerospace companies: AIRBUS in Toulouse, British Aerospace in Bristol and Airport Consultancy firms in Spain.
In IBERIA has hold different positions, all of them in the Maintenance& Engineering Division, from quality to engineering and to purchasing.
Since 2007 runs the IBERIA Engine Shop and has been responsible for implementing the strategy of increasing production in the shop and transitioning from a ”just one customer shop” (IBERIA) to a third party focused shop (currently 70% third party).
Remzi Saltoglu, Director Commercial, myTECHNIC Aircraft MRO Services
Remzi Saltoglu started his aviation career in 1998 as an Aeronautical Engineer with Turkish Air Force’s 1st Air Supply and Maintenance Center Command in Eskisehir, where he was a part of the F4 fighter modernization project core team.
Later same year, he joined Turkish Airlines as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer on various maintenance-related tasks for the airline’s fleet. Furthermore, he worked as a co-trainer of ‘Aircraft Maintenance and Repair’ course at Istanbul Technical University, at the same time contributed as supplier instructor in THY’s aircraft maintenance courses for foreign and native aircraft technicians for three years.
During his military service as a Quality Engineer, Saltoglu focused on maintenance quality audits on military aircraft and accident/incident investigations. He also lectured various aviation courses at Kayseri Erciyes University, School of Civil Aviation for two semesters.
In 2003, Saltoglu returned to Turkish Airlines, where he functioned as the Program Coordinator for Boeing’s 737 AEW&C Peace Eagle Program to undertake various project management tasks. Furthermore, he became a certified ‘Human Factors in Aircraft Maintenance’ instructor and ‘ISO 9001:2000 internal auditor’ by Turkish Quality Institute.
In 2007, Saltoglu joined myTECHNIC Aircraft MRO Services, where he currently acts as Commercial Director. His team manages sales and marketing activities of the world’s first lean greenfield MRO. As a third party MRO, myTECHNIC has a significant capability on various aircraft/engines and capacity to accommodate 12 narrow body aircraft at once in its hangar. Since 2008, customer portfolio of myTECHNIC grew with a significant market penetration, introducing more than 100 different airlines and aircraft owners from Europe, CIS Middle East, India and China to the customer base.
Remzi Saltoglu received his Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 2001 from Istanbul Technical University, where he also started his PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Saltoglu currently works on his PhD thesis about ‘Opportunities of cost reduction and risks of budget overrun in maintenance spending of an airline in the current market conditions’ and has 3 international co-authored publications in aviation peer-reviewed journals.
Paul Saunders, Operations Director, Conduce Group
Paul works in the UK for Conduce Software. He has spent the past 15 years working in Aerospace IT within MROs, OEMs and Software Companies in the UK and the Middle East. Nowadays Paul spends most of his time designing, developing and implementing applications mainly for the iPad and for the web. He is also involved in consulting on tablet strategy and adoption of emerging technology with software vendors and airlines. In 2012 Paul led the acquisition and transition of service of an operational etechlog and EFB solution. His team are now re-platforming the solution and are providing ongoing support to a live fleet of 36 aircraft. Paul regularly writes and presents on tech trends within aviation IT, being described by some as “visionary” and by others as just a geek!
Phil Seymour, President & COO, IBA Group Limited (IBA)
Senior Certified Appraiser, ISTAT
Chairman Elect, ISTAT International Appraisers’ Board of Governors 2012-2015
Phil has over 35 years experience working within Airline, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft and Engine Leasing and Consultancy businesses. Starting his career with BA in 1976 – Phil completed UK CAA aircraft maintenance engineer’s courses, ONC, HND and a Diploma in Management Studies, before moving to Saudi Arabian Airlines in Riyadh. Further moves to Dan-Air and Air Europe saw Phil move to technical services roles. Phil was also part of the team that set-up Ambassador Airways and Exxtor Group Aviation Services. Already an ISTAT Certified Appraiser, Phil became a Senior Certified Appraiser in 2002.
Joining IBA as Technical Services Director in 1997, Phil later became Managing Director, before taking his current role as President and COO in 2009. As well as developing IBA’s products and services, Phil is used regularly in the UK Courts as an Expert Witness and is the Accountable Manager, with respect to IBA’s UK CAA and EASA certification process.
Swaran Sidhu, Head of Fleet Technical Management, easyJet
Swaran was born in Malaysia, he completed his secondary education there and then entered into an aviation career spanning over 30 years during which time he also gained his Part 66 B1 License and a MBA qualification. Swaran progressed from an aircraft mechanic through to a Licensed Engineer, Supervisor, Maintenance Manager and then Technical Director. He worked for a number of airlines namely bmi, Maersk Air, Qatar Airways Amiri (VIP Flights), bmibaby and is currently with easyJet as Head of Fleet Technical Management and deputizing for the Technical Director. The last 17 years of Swaran’s career have been spent in senior management positions.
Bob Simmons, Technical Director, Baines Simmons
Bob is a co-founder of Baines Simmons. He is a creative and technical aviation safety expert who brings his passion, experience and problem-solving strengths to bear across a wide spectrum of client aviation safety-related subjects. He provides insightful strategic and technical leadership support to client regulatory and airworthiness engagements. Bob’s ambition is to design and build world-class products and services that make real positive contributions and impact on aviation safety improvement.
Bob joined the Royal Air Force in 1978 before becoming a civil licensed aircraft maintenance engineer, qualified on a range of Boeing, Airbus and Douglas aircraft. He served as a UK CAA Senior Airworthiness Surveyor with responsibility for Continuing Airworthiness policy and implementation in the UK. He is an Incorporated Engineer with the Engineering Council, sits on the Airworthiness Technical Advisory Committee of the I Mech E and is a trustee of the International Federation of Airworthiness.
Eskil Skoglund, Head of Development, DolphiTech
Eskil began his career as a Digital Designer for Nordic VLSI in 2001 before moving in 2003 to be a Test Engineer for Chipcon. In 2004, he progressed to be a RFIC Designer for Chipcon/Texas Instruments.
He moved to be a Research and Development Engineer for Dolphiscan in 2006, working on FPGA development and ultrasound technologies. In 2009 he went to work for SINTEF Ross Manufacturing as a Research Manager, where he was Project Leader for ultrasound technology in NDT. At the same time he was a Research Fellow at Gjovik University studying for a PhD in Lean Manufacturing.
He took up his current role in March 2013 where he works to develop products in ultrasound technology, transducer design and production and electronic, FGPA and software design.
Gary Smith, Head of Powerplant & Fleet Transition, easyjet
Gary is Head of Powerplant and Fleet Transition at easyJet, responsible for all financial, technical and commercial management of 435 engines and 225 Auxiliary Power Units, and management of new aircraft delivery, and redelivery to new operators and lessors, covering agreement of lease terms, management of MRO redelivery checks, and full records and documentation preparation. easyJet has successfully redelivered over 30 aircraft in the past 3 years.
He was also project manager of the new fleet evaluation program within easyJet.
He has an Honors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from City University, London, and an MBA from Cranfield University. During the MBA, he completed projects in Partnering in Defence Aerospace, and Sales and Marketing Strategy for the Boeing 787.
Gary has over 20 years experience in airline engineering, engine and component repair facility management, and aerospace I.T consultancy and systems implementation. He started his career at Dan-Air in 1989 and prior to joining easyJet, he was General Manager – Component Repair at Rolls-Royce Gas Turbine Services in Bristol.
Gary is also a keen and active triathlete who has completed several Ironman’s and marathons, and cycled stages of the Tour de France.
Graham Smith, Head of Business Development, Regional Aircraft, BAE Systems
Graham Smith Head of Business Development, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft was born in Manchester England. Graham Joined then British Aerospace in 1979 and has held a variety of positions within the company predominantly in Supply Chain and Aftermarket Support & Contracts, including VP Spares Operations Americas in Washington DC, Commercial Director and currently Head of Business Development.
During this time Graham has developed an extensive knowledge of the regional commercial aircraft sector and has been closely involved in ‘Rate Per Flight Hour’ support programmes delivering value and satisfaction to our customers for almost 20 years.
Jorge Sobral, Member of the Executive Board, TAP Portugal Maintenance & Engineering
Jorge Sobral started as an electronics engineer with the Portuguese Aviation Authorities in 1973, conducting technical studies in the areas of certification and approval of the installation of navigation and communications equipment.
In 1979 joined TAP Maintenance & Engineering Department integrating the group responsible for developing and implementing the maintenance programs for the TAP fleet and in June 2003 was appointed for TAP Executive Board.
In 1987 became head of the Avionics Shop Production Engineering Division.
Served as TAP representative abroad in different occasions, having been appointed TAP Resident Technical Representative with Airbus, in Toulouse, in 1995, for the acceptance of TAP’s A.340 fleet.
In 1996 became TAP’s Maintenance and Engineering General Director.
In June 2001 was appointed TAP Executive Vice-President for Maintenance and Engineering and from February 2006 through August 2010 was the Chairman of the Board of VEM (VARIG Engineering and Maintenance), presently TAP M&E Brazil.
Also invited as lecturer at the Lisbon University – Faculty of Engineering - from 1972 through 1988 integrating the Telecommunications group and becoming an invited Professor at that same University in 1989, position that was held up to November 1997.
Jorge is graduated in Electronics Engineering from the Lisbon Technical University in November 1972.
Altug Sokeli, Manager, Technical Marketing & Sales, Turkish Technic
Born in 1970 in Istanbul, Turkey and following graduation as a Mechanical Engineer, Altug Sokeli started his career in family company on industrial heating systems.
Having joined Turkish Technic in 1994, he held different managerial positions, such as Production Planning Manager, Fleet Asset Manager, Investment Planning Manager and finally Marketing Manager.
He made a significant contribution on the fleet increase programme of Turkish Airlines as Fleet Asset Manager by managing the lease and purchase contracts technical management, phase-in phase-out transactions.
Following 2006, as Marketing Manager, with his team, by establishing the sales and marketing strategies, he had been able to achieve very remarkable increase in third party revenues.
Having played a significant role in the separation of the technical department from the parent airline via maintenance contract management and having had a major rol eon the joint venture processes related with Turkish Technic subsidiaries, he is still heading the Sales and Marketing Team of Turkish Technic.
Mr Sokeli enjoys sailing, football and travelling.
He is married and lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
Tamas Stefka, Director, Integrated Provisioning Services, Airbus
Since 2006 I am leading the Spares Provisioning function of Airbus worldwide for all of our aircraft types. My provisioning responsibility covers the aircraft lifecycle from the Design through EIS, to Operations and Maintenance.
Being an Aircraft Engineer (MSc) and Airline Economist (MBA) my career started in airline technical operations where I worked at all management level of MRO and CAMO organisations, including Maintenance Engineer in 1989 and Deputy CEO Technical of Malev Hungarian Airlines 1999 through 2001.
Between my recent Airbus-mission and my former Airline-life, I lead the Reliability, Maintainability and Lifecycle Cost functions of Fairchild-Dornier and Bombardier Transportation in Germany.
I am a happy father of my grown up twin daughters.
In our free time with my wife, we are enthusiastically practicing “provisioning” and “supply chain management” of building materials for our new nest on the country side of Budapest.
David Stewart, VP, ICF SH&E
Mr. Stewart has over 28 years experience in aviation. He has led assignments with leading aerospace manufacturers, service suppliers, and airlines in Europe, North America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, developing significant experience in the airline, aircraft equipment, and maintenance sectors. He is a recognized expert in low cost airline operations and business models, and the MRO market. The majority of his project experience has focused on strategy development, market analysis and transaction (due diligence) support.
Prior to joining ICF SH&E, Mr. Stewart led the European and Asia Pacific offices of AeroStrategy. Previously a Partner in Mercer Management Consulting’s Aviation Practice and a Principal with The Canaan Group, Mr. Stewart began his career with British Aerospace Commercial Aircraft Marketing in 1982. He holds an M.A in Engineering Science from Oxford University in the UK and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management in the UK.
James Stewart, Group CEO, Mubadala Aerospace MRO Network
James Stewart is Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, encompassing Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies and SR Technics.
Previously, James was Chief Financial Officer of SR Technics and the CEO of the SR Technics Group. James Stewart started his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young before joining Bombardier Inc. His career at Bombardier included the roles of CFO of its Learjet business, and Vice President Finance at Short Brothers. He was also CFO of Bombardier Aerospace, Vice President Specialized Finance at the Bombardier Group, and Vice President Finance, New Commercial Aircraft Programs.
James Stewart holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Queen’s University in Belfast (UK), and is a fellow at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.
Derk-Jan van Heerden, General Manager, AELS
Derk-Jan (DJ) van Heerden’s complete history in the aviation sector has been around end-of-life aircraft. He graduated on this subject in 2005 from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. For this work he was awarded the Best Graduate Award from the Dutch Royal Aeronautical Society. After a short period with KLM Engineering and Maintenance, where he managed the disassembly of a Boeing 747, he started AELS. In 2012 he was listed on Aviation Week & Space Technology “40 under forty”.
Today, Derk-Jan and his team are assisting aircraft owners all over the world with their end-of-life solutions. AELS executes the disassembly and dismantling of aircraft for high profile clients, such us KLM, Lufthansa, TNT, EADS and Iberia. Part of the solution AELS offers is assisting in all activities required to re-introduce the parts in the aviation sector, such as logistics, marketing and sales. In the short history already 38 aircraft were processed by the sustainable and green solutions of AELS. Recycling of aerospace materials is also offered to MRO and (suppliers to) OEM companies. AELS holds industry accreditation for all 3 services, AFRA accreditation for aircraft disassembly and material recycling and ASA-100 (FAA AC 00-56A) for component management.
For more information please feel free to contact him or follow him (@DJvanHeerden or LinkedIn) or AELS (@AELSnews, Facebook or LinkedIn) on social media.
Gilles van Hovell tot Westervlier, Managing Partner, Aviation Independent Consulting
Gilles van Hövell has 33 years technical and operational management experience in the airline industry.
He graduated as Aerospace Engineer at Delft University in The Netherlands and joined KLM in 1979. Gilles occupied a variety of functions in Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance, Aviation Regulations and Organisation Redesigns.
In addition he worked for several years on behalf of KLM as Committee Member of the Association of European Airlines (AEA). Also Gilles was delegated to Transavia Airlines to manage the implementation of JAR OPS 1. In 1996 Transavia Airlines was the first airline to receive JAR OPS 1 certification. In 1997 he managed the implementation of JAR OPS 1 at KLM.
Gilles has an extensive knowledge on all aspects of continuing airworthiness management and EASA Regulations. In 2005 Gilles was appointed Program Manager of KLM Engineering & Maintenance for aircraft transactions. With a team of engineers and supporting staff, he managed over 40 aircraft re-deliveries.
Paul Vorstermans, VP Component & Aircraft MRO, Fokker Services
Paul Vorstermans (41) is Vice President MRO for Fokker Services B.V. He is responsible for the global Component and Aircraft MRO activities. Before joining Fokker Services B.V. in 2011 Paul worked for 5 years in senior leadership positions at Fokker Aerostructures. Paul has a Master's degree in Industrial Organization from the Delft University of Technology.
Steve Williams, Director of Aircraft Engine Services, AJ Walter Aviation
Having worked for six of aviation’s most successful companies, Steve joined A J Walter Aviation in January 2011 as the Director of Engine Services. Steve began his working life in the industry as an apprentice at British Airways Engine Overhaul Ltd; 18 years later he was awarded a diploma from the Institute of Industrial Managers from the University of Wales. As the newest sector of AJW unfolds under Steve’s directorship, he brings over 30 years of experience and extensive expertise to the Engines division.
Charles Willis, CEO, Willis Lease Finance Corporation
Charles F. Willis, IV is the founder of Willis Lease. He has served in a variety of roles including Chief Executive Officer, President and Director since our incorporation in 1985, and as Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996. Mr. Willis has over 40 years of experience in the aviation industry. From 1975 to 1985, Mr. Willis served as President of Willis Lease’s predecessor, Charles F. Willis Company, which purchased, financed and sold a variety of large commercial transport aircraft and provided consulting services to the aviation industry.
Willis Lease went public in 1996 and is listed on NASDAQ with over $1.4 billion in assets and operations in over 80 countries.
- Ran Ackerman, Head of Aircraft Acquisitions & Sales, Maintenance & Engineering, El Al Israel Airlines Ltd.
- Mário Araújo, VP Engineering, TAP Maintenance & Engineering
- Jon Artucha, Technical Director, Pullmantur Air
- Martin Assmann, EVP Civil Sales, Sabena Technics
- Ignas Avizonis, Head of NDT Laboratory, FL Technics Training
- Erwin Bamert, EVP Component Services, SR Technics
- Fernando Barragao, Material Support Director, Embraer
- Jonathan Berger, VP, ICF SH&E
- Iain Blackhall, Managing Director Civil Aviation, Aviation Week
- Bert Boesten, Manager, Material Management Unit, KLM Engineering & Maintenance
- Richard Brown, Principal, ICF SH&E
- Franck Brunel, Head of FHS (Flight Hour Services), Tailored Support Package, Sales Technical Support, Airbus
- Michael Burns, Head of Aviation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Tim Butzmann, Director Product Sales, Aircraft Component Services, Lufthansa Technik
- Phil Carroll, Chief Commercial Officer, Sanad Aero Solutions
- Bill Correll, CEO, CFM Materials
- Guido de Filippis, COO, Alitalia Maintenance Systems
- Michael Wm. Denis, VP Customer Engagement, InfoTrust Group
- Andrea Di Fede, VP Commercial Services - Customer Services, SuperJet International
- Chris Doan, Chairman & CEO, TeamSAI
- Mehmet Gokhan Dogan, Manager, Turkish Airlines Technic
- Bill Dwyer, Services Marketing Leader, GE Aviation
- Peter Fuchs, Sr. Manager, Product Development, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
- Carl Glover, VP Sales, AAR Aviation Supply Chain Group
- Tadas Goberis, CEO, AviaAM Leasing
- Erik Goedhart, SVP Aerospace, Kuehne+Nagel
- Phillip Grant, Engineering Sales Manager, TES Aviation Group
- Bradley Gregory, Commercial Director, Air Salvage International
- Bert Groenewoud, Composite Technical Training Instructor & European Representative, Abaris Training Resources
- Linda Hapgood, Program Manager, Aircraft Health Solutions, Boeing Commercial Aviation Services
- John Harris, GM Engineering, Panasonic UK
- Martin Harrison, Principal Consultant, ICF SH&E
- Ed Hazelwood, Editor-in-Chief Conferences, Aviation Week
- Gerard Heimendinger, Head of Flight Hour Services Programs & Operations, Airbus
- Ken Herbert, Aerospace Equity Analyst, Imperial Capital
- Michael Hickey, Director, Engineering, Ryanair
- David Hopkins, Managing Director - IT, American Airlines
- Paul Horstink, EVP Group Maintenance, Thomas Cook Group
- Tim Hoyland, Partner, Oliver Wyman
- François-Xavier Hussenet, GM Product Marketing Commercial Engines & Services, Snecma
- David Hygate, Director, Europe, TeamSAI
- Andy Johnson, Director of Engineering, Flybe Europe
- Ken Jones, Director, Electronic Data Standards, ATA e-Business Program
- Andreas Kalina, VP Marketing & Sales Europe, Middle East, Africa, MTU Maintenance
- Leo Koppers, SVP Marketing & Sales, MTU Maintenance
- Jack Lane, Vice President Sales and Customer Service, Components Sector, StandardAero
- Sascha Leitner, Head of Network Sales, Aircraft Base Maintenance, Lufthansa Technik
- Tom Levin, GM Materials Solutions, GE Aviation
- Todd Lewis, President, Component Control
- Guillaume Limouzy, Aircraft Sales Support, Services Sales & Authorized Aircraft Service Centers Network Manager, Embraer
- José-Marie Louis, VP Engine Services, Air France Industries
- Kathy MacKenzie, GM Mature Fleet Strategy, GE Aviation
- Zoran Mančić, Head of Material Department, JAT Tehnika
- Dave Marcontell, President & COO, TeamSAI
- Patrick Markham, VP Technical Services, HEICO Aerospace
- Gary Martin, Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Service Programs, Bombardier
- Greg Martin, General Manager, AJW Technique
- Fernando Matos, Head of Information Technologies, TAP Maintenance & Engineering
- Jim Mathews, Senior Director - Online Editorial & Data, Aviation Week
- William Moeller, Director, Global Service Partners, Pratt & Whitney
- Manfred Mohr, Head of project SESAR, Senior Advisor, Lufthansa
- Patrick Morcus, Managing Director, Nayak Aircraft Services
- Daniel Moylan, Mayor of London’s Aviation Adviser
- Bruno Mucciolo, Global Marketing Manager, Constellium
- Kumar Mysore, Head, Office of Airworthiness, Cargolux Airlines
- Eng. Hisham Nasser, Vice Chairman, Maintenance and Engineering, EgyptAir
- Sylvain Nau, A330/A340 Programme Manager Customer Services, Airbus
- Carlo Nizam, Head of Value Chain Visibility & Auto-ID Programme Information, Communication & Technology, Airbus
- Andrius Norkevičius, Deputy Head of Engineering & Planning Department, FL Technics
- Ralf Nöther, Technical Director, European Air Transport Leipzig
- Richard O’Mara, ERP Project Lead, Thomas Cook Group
- Hawazen Otaibi, Director IT, Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited – JorAMCo
- Pascal Parant, VP Corporate Marketing, AAR
- Nicholas Pittler, VP MRO’s & Business Development, ILFC Technical Services
- José Luis Quirós Cuevas, Commercial & Business SVP, Iberia Maintenance & Engineering
- Dr. He Ren, Deputy Chief Engineer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Co. Ltd. (COMAC), Shanghai Aircraft Customer Service Co. Ltd.
- Enrique Robledo, Engine Shop & Powerplant Director, Iberia Maintenance
- Remzi Saltoglu, Director Commercial, myTECHNIC Aircraft MRO Services
- Brad Sandford, Director, Sales & Support, EMEA, UTC Aerospace Systems
- Paul Saunders, Operations Director, Conduce Group
- Phil Seymour, President & COO, IBA Group
- Swaran Sidhu, Head of Fleet Technical Management, easyJet
- Bob Simmons, Technical Director, Baines Simmons
- Eskil Skoglund, Head of Development, DolphiTech
- Gary Smith, Head of Powerplant & Fleet Transition, easyJet
- Graham Smith, Head of Business Development, Regional Aircraft, BAE Systems
- Jorge Sobral, Member of the Executive Board, TAP Portugal, Maintenance & Engineering
- Altug Sokeli, Manager, Technical Marketing & Sales, Turkish Technic
- Chris Spafford, Partner, Oliver Wyman
- Tamas Stefka, Director, Integrated Provisioning Services, Airbus
- David Stewart, VP, ICF SH&E
- James Stewart, Group CEO, Mubadala Aerospace MRO network
- Dr. Dietmar Strohmeyer, Manager Product Engineering & Airworthiness Management, Aircraft Base Maintenance, Lufthansa Technik
- Lee Ann Tegtmeier, Chief Editor, MRO, Aviation Week
- Jens Thordarson, VP Technical Operations, Icelandair
- Jeff Tomei, Director, Business Development, Sales, & Marketing, Spirit AeroSystems
- Kamer Tuncbilek, Senior Project Leader, TWI & Project Coordinator of AeroPlan
- Derk-Jan van Heerden, General Manager, AELS
- Gilles van Hovell tot Westervlier, Managing Partner, Aviation Independent Consulting
- Miguel Vaz Pinto, Director Maintenance & Engineering, PGA-Portugália Airlines
- Paul Vorstermans, VP Component & Aircraft MRO, Fokker Services
- Steve Williams, Director of Aircraft Engine Services, AJ Walter Aviation
- Charles Willis, CEO, Willis Lease Finance Corporation