Paul Johnson, a Lockheed Martin employee involved in the AH-64 Apache program in Saudi Arabia, was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists on June 18 in Saudi Arabia, where he had been working for the past 12 years. Johnson was employed by Lockheed Martin, but was seconded to Advanced Electronic Company as a system engineer working with the Saudi military on their AH-64s. He was part of the Apache Target Acquisition and Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision System program. Johnson worked for Lockheed Martin and its predecessor, Martin Marietta, for 22 years prior to his death, according to a company spokesman. He is survived by his wife and two children.
CAE has named Robert E. Brown (right) as its new president and chief executive officer, effective August 12. Prior to this appointment, Brown served as chairman of Air Canada and was previously president and CEO of Bombardier. Brown replaces Derek H. Burney as head of CAE. Burney will remain as vice-chairman until his formal retirement on October 31.
Gen. Dick Cody has been named as the U.S. Army's new Vice Chief of Staff following his promotion to full general. Gen. Cody is a rated aviator and, as a colonel at the time, fired the first shots in Desert Storm from the cockpit of his AH-64 Apache leading an attack on a forward deployed radar site. He is known for his full support of Army Aviation, particularly rotary wing. He also is a strong advocate of current initiatives such as mixing manned and unmanned rotary wing UAVs, a new light utility helicopter and an armed scout helicopter.
Westwind Technologies, Inc., a Huntsville, Ala.-based military aircraft modification services company, as announced the appointments of Jeffrey M. Udesen (left) as vice president, programs, and Ty L. Copeland (right) as director, aviation quality. Prior to being brought into Westwind Technologies, both individuals had held identical positions with Ozark Aircraft Systems in Bentonville, Ark. In announcing the new appoints, Westwind Technologies President and CEO David Otterson said that both Udesen and Copeland "bring discipline, focus and experience" to those positions and "will help take Westwind to its next level of success."
Judy Smith has been named director of worldwide sales and marketing for Heli-Dyne Systems, Inc. Along with sales and marketing efforts, Smith will also be responsible for corporate communications to include public relations, advertising and exhibitions. Smith has worked extensively in the international helicopter industry, including over 20 years with Eurocopter. Heli-Dyne Systems also announced the promotion of David Head to the position of completions manager. Prior to joining Heli-Dyne, Head spent 22 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter maintenance chief.
Elbit Systems Ltd of Haifa, Israel has appointed Itzhak Dvir as Chief Operating Officer of the Group. He had previously served as General Manager-Unmanned Airborne Vehicles, Security and Tactical Systems of Elbit Systems. Mr. Dvir will serve as the Group's first COO. The position was created "in light of the Group's significant growth in recent years as well as the development of its business in Israel and worldwide," the company said. Dvir's position as General Manager will be assumed by Haim Kellerman, who previously served as vice president for UAV programs.
Sikorsky Aircraft is merging its communications and marketing divisions and has appointed Clarence R. Grebey III vice president over the new organization. In his new position, Grebey will be responsible for corporate and campaign communications, media relations, customer relations, internal communications, Sikorsky branding, community relations, protocol, air shows, and multi-media and advertising activities. Prior to joining Sikorsky as vice president, communications and marketing, Grebey was in the public relations division of Siemens Corporation in the United States