Commercial, Regulatory

Rotorcraft Report: People

By Staff Writer | September 1, 2009

Textron Inc. has appointed John L. Garrison, Jr. as president and CEO of its Bell Helicopter subsidiary. He takes over from Richard "Dick" Millman, who worked in various roles for Textron for 43 years, becoming Bell’s president and CEO in January 2007. Garrison comes from Textron’s Industrial segment.

Textron has also hired Frank T. Connor as executive vice president and CFO of Bell. He comes from Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently managing director of Telecom Investment Banking.

EADS North America has hired Gary M. Bishop as vice president of its Armed Scout 645 program. Bishop, who served 20 years in the military, previously led the industry team for the U.S. Army’s Apache Longbow programs in Mesa, Ariz.


Bobby Wilks, 78, a longtime helicopter and U.S. Coast Guard pilot who assisted with numerous rescue operations, died on July 13 in Woodbridge, Va. Wilks is credited as being the first African-American to become a captain in the Coast Guard, as well as the first to command a Coast Guard air station. He amassed around 6,000 flight hours in his career with 18 aircraft types.

The United States Senate has confirmed Deborah A.P. Hersman as the 12th chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). She will serve a two-year term as chairman and continue on as a board member for a five-year term ending Dec. 31, 2013.

Bristow Group has promoted Elizabeth D. Brumley to chief financial officer. She has served as acting CFO since April 2009. Brumley has worked for Bristow since November 2005.

Brett Gardner is the new director of sales and marketing for Becker Avionics. He comes from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was a major on voluntary assignment as an Army Reserve company commander. Gardner, who holds a commercial rotorcraft license, has worked for a number of helicopter manufacturers, including American Eurocopter, Bell Helicopter and MD Helicopters.

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