People October 2011

By Staff Writer | October 1, 2011

John Frasca

John Frasca has been promoted to president and CEO of Frasca Intl. He is replacing his father and founder Rudy Frasca, who has retired from active management. John Frasca held the position of vice president since 2003. He first started working for the company 1972 when he would stop by after school to help his father.

Le Sueur, Minn.-based Scott’s Bell 47 has appointed Don Maguire as director of customer support and services. Maguire comes to the company from CAE in Montreal, where he was the director of customer services. Maguire has a long history with Bell Helicopter, where he began his career in maintenance. He was also the manager for product support engineering at Bell and has logged close to 5,000 flight hours as a pilot with several helicopters variants, including the Bell 47.


USAIG has named Paul Ratte as director of aviation safety programs. Ratte has been with the U.S. Coast Guard since 1984 and is one of its most decorated pilots. He was previously an instructor pilot and helicopter standardization evaluator at the USCG Aviation Training Center and served as flight operations director in Clearwater, Fla.

American Eurocopter has added Kris DeSoto and Glenn Murray to its regional marketing team. DeSoto will be the Northeast regional marketing manager, while Murray will manage the Midwest region. DeSoto was previously the president of a Mexican land development and investment company.  Murray, a retired U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot, comes to Eurocopter after several years in the Asia/Pacific region as an aviation industry sales manager. American Eurocopter also expanded its marketing segments by naming Don Baenen as director of oil and gas marketing and Patrice Royer as director of business and private aviation. Baenen previously worked as a global aviation specialist with BHP Billiton Minerals Exploration. Royce was the former global director of market development for business aviation, private and commercial division for Eurocopter.

Anne Eisele

Anne Eisele has been brought on board as the global head of external affairs for ITT’s Defense and Information Solutions portion that will soon be established as ITT Exelis, based out of McLean, Va. Eisele will serve as ITT Exelis’ spokesperson and provide senior leadership with strategic communications counsel. Prior to joining ITT, she was the director of financial communications at GE.

David Thibes

Turbomeca has made several leadership shifts, with David Thibes (left) named general manager of Turbomeca Canada. Thibes replaces Russ Spray, who remains Turbomeca USA chairman.

Guy Bonaud

Guy Bonaud (right) as been made representative director of Turbomeca Japan, replacing Marc Lacoue, who will continue to work with Turbomeca in another capacity.


Frederic Fourciangue (left) has been appointed  chief executive officer for Turbomeca UK. He will replace Christian Hamel, who has shifted over to the Safran group.

Paul Pfaffenberger has joined Phoenix Heliparts as engineering program manager. Pfaffenberger will manage all engineering projects, focusing on MD500 STC and PMA projects. Pfaffenberger was a founder and engineering director of EXTEX, now a unit of Timken. 

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