People November 2010

By Staff Writer | November 1, 2010

Russian Helicopters’ board of directors has appointed Dmitry Petrov as its new CEO. He previously oversaw the company as deputy director general of parent organization, UIC Oboronprom. The board also named Andrei Shibitov deputy CEO of R&D policy and manufacturing; Igor Pshenichniy deputy CEO of sales and marketing; and Sergey Yarkovoy deputy CEO of finance.

Jonathan Baliff is the new senior vice president and CFO of Bristow Group. He comes from NRG Energy, where he served as executive vice president of strategy. Baliff also served in the U.S. Air Force, including as chief pilot for electronic combat operations in the early 1990s.

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Uniflight has appointed Debbie Ginn-Frost director of customer relationship management. A former spares manager and assistant director of maintenance, Ginn-Frost previously worked for Air Center in Fort Worth as parts/sales manager.


MD Helicopters has named Gregory Gauer vice president of supply chain. He was formerly interim general manager at APPH, a UK-based components supplier for business aircraft.

Vista, Calif.-based Sandel Avionics has established a position to focus on sales of its new helicopter terrain awareness and warning system (HeliTAWS). Don Foster will serve as HTAWS fleet sales manager, with responsibility for HeliTAWS and other attitude heading reference system (AHRS) and display units. He will be based in Columbus, Ohio.

Bell Helicopter has hired Larry Thimmesch as vice president of its Commercial Programs group. He previously worked for Bombardier Learjet as program director for new program development, taking a lead role in the business strategy and marketing for the Learjet 85.

Bell has also announced its engineering technical fellows for 2010. Tom Wood is senior technical fellow for flight technology and advanced design. Bell’s four new technical fellows—Carlos Fenny, Paul Madej, Paul Oldroyd and Walt Riley—join a group consisting of seven other technical fellows and 17 associate technical fellows.

Livermore, Calif.-based Aero Precision has promoted Frank Cowle to chief operating officer. Formerly vice president of supply, Cowle will have oversight for repair and sales of military aircraft components.

In memoriam

George Godfrey

George W. Godfrey, founder and executive director of the Aerospace Lighting Institute (ALI), died Sept. 8 in Clearwater, Fla. He was 87. Godfrey and his wife and business partner, Jeanette, retired and sold the organization to WAMCO in 2009. Godfrey also founded Godfrey Engineering in 1970, serving as president and CEO before selling the company two decades later. He also served as chairman of SAE Intl’s A20A Lighting Committee for 40 years. Survivors include his wife, four children and three grandchildren.

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