Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, at Airbus

Catherine Jestin appointed as Airbus EVP Digital and Information Management

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Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, at Airbus

Airbus SE has appointed Catherine Jestin as Executive Vice President Digital and Information Management, effective 1 July 2021. Jestin currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Airbus.

“This nomination comes at a time of particular importance for the digital transformation of Airbus, as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and prepare ourselves for the next phases in the development of our civil and military activities,” said Guillaume Faury. “The main focus of this new organisation will be to foster digital innovation across Airbus’ industrial ecosystem and our products and services portfolio, accelerating data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation and services for Airbus’ customers as well as digital security for the Company.”

Jestin will work to reinforce the transversal cooperation across Airbus functions company-wide in order to continue the successful deployment of the Digital Design, Manufacturing & Services (DDMS) programme, established to enable co-design capabilities and digital continuity system-wide. She will also leverage and coordinate digital talent pools across the organisation to support the wider transformation of Airbus’ ways of working through state-of-the-art digital tools, technologies and processes, while ensuring the Company is at the forefront of environmentally sustainable IT practices.

Andrew (Andy) Masson as Vice President of Product & Portfolio Management.

Andrew Masson named Vice President Product & Portfolio Management at Panasonic

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Andrew (Andy) Masson as Vice President of Product & Portfolio Management.

Panasonic Avionics has confirmed the appointment of Andrew (Andy) Masson as Vice President of Product & Portfolio Management.

Masson joins Panasonic from Adient Aerospace, Boeing’s aircraft seat joint venture with Adient, where he served as CEO.

At Panasonic, Masson will lead its global Product & Portfolio Management team and guide the company’s product and services strategy to deliver innovations and value to customers. He will improve and expand customer-focused product management processes and manage development and execution across the product lifecycle for Panasonic’s market-leading IFEC products, digital solutions and aftermarket services.

Thales InFlyt Experience appoints new CEO

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TK Kallenbach has become the new Chief Executive Officer of the InFlyt Experience business effective 5 April 2021.

Reporting directly to Yannick Assouad, Executive Vice-President Avionics at Thales, Kallenbach, who replaces Philippe Carette who led Thales InFlyt Experience over the last three years, will drive the digitalisation of Thales’s portfolio and connected IFE platform.

Prior to his most recent role as Principal at CCC Consultants, Kallenbach was previously CEO for the Aerosystems Branch at Zodiac Aerospace, now SAFRAN Group.

“I’m honoured and excited to join Thales at this pivotal moment for the Aerospace industry,” said Kallenbach. “With Thales’s continued investment in digital technologies and innovative in-flight entertainment solutions, we are reimagining the travel experience of tomorrow. I look forward to partnering with our airline customers to support their success as the travel market recovers from this crisis.”

JetBlue Digital CTO, Carol Clements

JetBlue appoints new Chief Digital & Technology Officer

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JetBlue Digital CTO, Carol Clements

JetBlue has conformed the appointment of Carol Clements as Chief Digital & Technology Officer, effective 26 April 2021.

Succeeding Eash Sundaram, who retired from JetBlue earlier this year, Clements will be responsible for the New York-based airline’s information systems and technology strategies.

“As we work through the pandemic recovery, technology will play a more important role than ever in our success and it’s an area where you can expect to see more investment ahead to the benefit of crewmembers and customers alike,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue. “Carol will be leading our IT team during one of the most pivotal times for our airline and the industry, and we look forward to having her join our senior leadership team.”

Nancy Walker, SVP Commercial, Inflight Connectivity. Global Eagle

Global Eagle appoints Nancy Walker SVP Commercial, Aviation Connectivity

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Nancy Walker, SVP Commercial, Inflight Connectivity. Global Eagle

Fresh from emerging from Chapter 11 restructuring, Global Eagle has appointed Nancy Walker as Senior Vice President (SVP) Commercial, Inflight Connectivity.

Walker recently served as Chief Commercial Officer at SmartSky Networks.

In her new position, Walker will lead sales and account management for in-flight connectivity.

Josh Marks, CEO, Global Eagle, says: “As the airline industry looks to recover in 2021, we are committed to supporting our customers with the highest performing in-flight connectivity solutions to exceed passenger expectations. Nancy’s extensive background leading in-flight connectivity and satellite communications projects will help us achieve this goal.”

SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer.

SmartSky appoints David Claassen as Chief Technology Officer

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SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer.

SmartSky Networks has appointed David Claassen to the newly created position of Chief Technology Officer. Claassen will direct SmartSky’s technology strategy and execution, including development and delivery of innovative technical solutions from its portfolio of patents, as the company moves forward to empower the growing connected aircraft market.

Classen was previously Vice President of Network and Service Architecture at SmartSky, leading the successful design, development and integration of many key aspects of the company’s core technical capabilities, including subscriber devices, Radio Access Network, IP core, cybersecurity, voice and data services, all which ultimately led to the deployment of the aviation industry’s first virtualized nationwide network architecture.

SmartSky is launching its advanced inflight connectivity service later this year. As part of its offering portfolio, the company is developing pioneering aviation data products through its open digital applications platform, Skytelligence, to improve safety and efficiency while providing the industry with novel ancillary revenue sources. SmartSky’s unique single-beam-per-aircraft in-flight communications approach is backed by more than 200 patents and over 1,000 hours of flight testing.

Rajeev Suri, Inmarsat's new CEO

Inmarsat appoints new CEO

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Rajeev Suri, Inmarsat's new CEO

Inmarsat has announced Rajeev Suri, former Nokia CEO, to succeed Rupert Pearce with effect from 1 March 2021.

Pearce will step down as CEO from 28 February 2021. Suri, who will be based in the UK, will also become a director of Connect Bidco Limited, the holding company for Inmarsat,

Suri said: “I am very excited to join Inmarsat, and to work closely with such skilled people, at such an important moment for the company and the satellite communications industry as a whole. I have been very impressed by the capabilities and ambitions of the company and its partner community and wish to pay tribute to their ethos, drive and ingenuity. Together, they have established technology leadership in satellite mobility, underpinned by a unique understanding of the customer.”

KID-Systeme GmbH, a subsidiary of the Airbus Group has appointed Stefan Stolzki as Managing Director, with immediate effect.

New Managing Director named at KID-Systeme

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KID-Systeme GmbH, a subsidiary of the Airbus Group has appointed Stefan Stolzki as Managing Director, with immediate effect.

KID-Systeme GmbH, a subsidiary of the Airbus Group has appointed Stefan Stolzki as Managing Director, with immediate effect.

Stolzki, who takes over from Peter Schetschine, is currently Head of Customer Services for Cabin Electronics at Airbus Operations and KID-Systeme.

KID is managed in a dual leadership set-up, and alongside Fokke Mentjes, Stolzki will be responsible for the overall revenue generation including business development, product line management, sales, customer program management, marketing communications and events.

Dr. Henry Ting has been appointed as Delta’s first Chief Health Officer; a role created in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delta appoints first Chief Health Officer

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Dr. Henry Ting has been appointed as Delta’s first Chief Health Officer; a role created in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Henry Ting has been appointed as Delta’s first Chief Health Officer; a role created in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ting currently serves as the enterprise Chief Value Officer at Mayo Clinic, which has been advising the airline on employee testing, strategies for cleanliness and operational tactics to reduce the transmission of the virus, since the start of the pandemic.

“Caring for our people is a core responsibility that flows from our values,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote in a memo to employees. “In this new role, Henry will lead us in rethinking and reimagining our approach to health and well-being, utilising new technologies, artificial intelligence, data strategies and innovative partnerships.”

“We know we can continue to improve and establish Delta as a model for how organizations promote physical and mental health,” Bastian said.

Grant Bennett CEO STG Aerospace

STG Aerospace gets new CEO

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Grant Bennett CEO STG Aerospace

Grant Bennett has been appointed to the role of CEO at STG Aerospace, effective 1 January 2021.

Bennet joined STG Aerospace at the end of June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer.

Commenting on his appointment Grant said: “2020 has been a year of more change at STG, some planned for, but much of it out of necessity as we wrestled to respond quickly whilst the world began to buckle under the pandemic. I am absolutely certain that our simple approach of “keep all our people safe and maintain business continuity” and then doing everything we could to ensure those two things, meant we were able to keep both our UK & US sites operational throughout the year and achieve on time supply to all our customers.

“Through it all STG Aerospace has remained a stable and secure organisation. A business that will remain industry leaders and trusted partners to all our customers and suppliers for many, many years to come.”