CHC Helicopter has announced that Lee Eckert will be succeeding Joan Hooper as Chief Financial Officer effective July 16, 2015. Mr. Eckert was most recently CFO of the $13 billion in sales U.S. division of National Grid Plc., an international energy company listed on the London Stock Exchange and with ADRs trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The appointment of Mr. Eckert as CFO-designate, effective May 11, 2015, ensures ample time for the transition of responsibilities. Ms. Hooper will continue in her present role until the announcement of CHC’s fiscal-2015 fourth quarter results in July. The company’s fiscal year end is April 30.
Prior to National Grid, Mr. Eckert held senior finance and operating leadership positions at MeadWestvaco Corp. and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He started his business career at GE where he spent 15 years working in a variety of management positions across several business units. Mr. Eckert also served as a member of GE’s Corporate Audit Staff. An alumnus of Indiana University, he is Six Sigma “green belt” certified and a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program.
Since joining CHC in October 2011, Ms. Hooper has overseen an upgrading and streamlining of the finance organization and processes, as well as led approximately $1 billion of equity investments in CHC along with more than $2 billion of debt and lease financings.
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