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People April 2012

By Staff Writer | April 1, 2012

Kaman Corporation has promoted five officers to parent company positions. Gregory Steiner (left), currently president of Kaman Aerospace Group, is taking on the additional title of executive vice president of Kaman Corp. Steiner has been with the company since 2008 after a 17-year career with Rockwell Collins.

President of Kaman Industrial Technologies, Steven Smidler (right) is now an executive vice president of Kaman Corp. Smidler has been with the company since 2009, starting out as COO.

William Denninger (left) has also added the role of executive vice president to his current position of chief financial officer. Denninger has held this position since 2008, coming to Kaman from Barnes Group, Inc., where he held the same title. 


Lowell Hill (right) has been promoted to senior vice president of human resources. Hill joined the company in 2001 as vice president of human resources.

Kaman also promoted Phillip Goodrich (left) to senior vice president of corporate development. Goodrich joined the company in 2009 as senior vice president of business development. All five will report directly to Neal Keating, chairman, president and CEO of Kaman Corp. Finally, the company appointed Shawn Lisle vice president and deputy general counsel. Lisle has been with the company since 2011 as associate general counsel and reports to Candace Clark, senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary.

Houston, Texas-based Bristow Group has promoted Jeremy Akel to senior vice president of global operations. A former NTSB accident investigator, Akel began working at Bristow in 2004. He was previously director of the company’s Other International Business Unit (OIBU).

Rodger Bagwell, president of Broussard, La.-based Rotorcraft Leasing Company, has announced plans to retire. Bagwell, a 10-year employee of RLC, will remain on board as an adviser.

Current CEO Dru Milke will take over the role of president. Milke joined RLC in September 2011.

Patrick Fisher has joined Flightcom Corp. as director of federal programs. In his new role, Fisher will expand Flightcom’s wireless communications within the government, homeland security and military sectors. Fisher was the former director of federal sales for e-Instruction and will be based in the Washington, D.C., area with Flightcom.

HAL and CAE joint venture Helicopter Academy to Train by Simulation of Flying (HATSOFF) has appointed Maj. Gen. Ajit Hari Gadre (Ret.) as chief executive officer. Gadre retired as the additional director general of army aviation after 37 years of service with the Indian Army.

FlightSafety International has named Bob Reding senior advisor to the CEO. Reding has 30 years of aviation management experience and was most recently the executive vice president of operations for AMR Corporation.

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