Erickson Adds New Leadership

By Staff Writer | February 23, 2016

Erickson Inc. has appointed new leadership and sales personnel across its enterprise.
The new appointments include: Rob Lewis, VP and general manager of the Commercial Business Unit; Andy Mills, VP of Global Business Development; Gary Starr, VP of Global Supply Chain; Erick Nodland as global director of operations; John Patriarch, sales manager to the Dept. of Defense; and Chris Maynard, business development manager – Alaska.
Lewis will lead and manage sales and operations for the business unit. His background includes significant experience in growing businesses. Lewis held previous executive leadership roles at CAE, Inc., Pentastar Aviation and Sentient Flight Group. He has also served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer and holds degrees from the United States Naval Academy in Physics and an MBA from Columbia University.
Mills will lead business developments in identifying and capturing strategic growth opportunities for the company’s Commercial Business, Government and MRO units. He will also oversee Erickson’s geographic business development interests in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and the Asia-Pacific regions. Mills previously served as VP of Commercial Aviation Services at Erickson and has transitioned to the new role.
Starr will bring Erickson’s supply chain activities together across all of the company’s geographies and business units to best meet customer needs, assure employees have the resources needed to conduct their activities and drive efficiencies in procurement. Starr has an extensive background in supply chain management with prior roles at Solar World USA, Tektronix/Danaher and Hewlett-Packard. He has global experience with Chinese and European firms in past work and is a graduate of Linfield College.
Nodland will manage aerial operations across the company and will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and management to ensure the highest level of safety, service and appropriate regulatory compliance. He joined Erickson from CHI Aviation and previously served at the FAA as a principal operations inspector for air carriers. Nodland has more than three decades of military experience in the U.S. Air Force, Army and National Guard, in which he flew both fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft.
Patriarch will target government contract opportunities for the company’s Global Defense and Security Business Unit. Patriarch came to Erickson from the U.S. Special Operations Command. He also held previous roles at the U.S. Central Command and is a naval aviator with rotary-wing and fixed-wing flight instructor experience. Patriarch holds a degree in communications and government from Florida State University.
Maynard will grow Erickson’s presence in the state for the company’s Commercial Services Business Unit. Maynard has held previous roles with ASRC Energy Service and Delta Leasing. He joins Erickson with significant experience in aerial fleet services management for energy exploration and tourism. Maynard is a fixed-wing pilot and holds degrees from the University of Alaska at Anchorage.

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