People In Aviation: August 2017

Simon Pryce, who has served as CEO of BBA Aviation for the past 10 years, stepped down on June 30. Wayne Edmunds, a non-executive director of the group since 2013, will serve as interim CEO until a permanent successor is named. Pryce will assist Edmunds and the board through a transition. Edmunds has a long executive background, including stints as CEO of Invensys and chairman of BBA’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Dassault hired Mark Ozenick to serve as president of Dassault Aircraft Services (DAS). The founding president and CEO of HeliFlite Shares and co-founder of HeliFlite Aviation Services, Ozenick brings to Dassault nearly four decades of experience that has included senior roles with Trinity Capital, Jet Investment Holdings, Aero Mechanical Industries, Valair Aviation, SSA, Elite Aviation and American Eurocopter.

ACL Airshop (Aclas) named Steve Townes chairman and Gary Langford CFO. Townes, CEO of Aclas parent Ranger Aerospace, has been heavily involved in the leadership and expansion since the buyout of Aclas in February last year. Langford brings a quarter century of accounting, finance and corporate development experience to his new role, including serving as CFO of Prospect Brands.

Dallas Aeronautical Services (DAS) promoted Eliezer (Eli) da Silva to vice president of sales and marketing. Da Silva joined DAS in 2009 to assist with expansion in the Brazil and Central and South America.

The Eurocontrol Permanent Commission appointed Eamonn Brennan director general of Eurocontrol, effective January 1 next year. Brennan, nominated by the Government of Ireland, is currently chief executive and board member of the Irish Aviation Authority.

Pentastar Aviation president and CEO Greg Schmidt has been elected chairman of the board of directors for the National Air Transportation Association. He succeeds Priester Aviation president and CEO Andy Priester. Schmidt, who joined Pentastar in 2008 and has led the company for the past four years, has served on the NATA board since 2013 and previously held the positions of treasurer and vice chairman. Other NATA officers: Ross Aviation president and CEO Jeff Ross as vice chairman and McClellan Jet Services senior v-p Scott Owens as secretary. Hill Aircraft and Leasing CEO Guy Hill is treasurer.

Gulfstream Aerospace promoted Steven Plumridge to general manager of its service center at London Luton Airport in England. Plumridge, who most recently was quality manager and chief inspector for the Luton facility,…

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