People September 2012

By Staff Writer | September 1, 2012
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Joseph Ackerman

Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis

Joseph Ackerman, president and CEO of Elbit Systems, has announced plans to retire at the end of March 2013. Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis will succeed Ackerman in the position. Ackerman started at Elbit in 1982 and served as president for the last 16 years. Machlis is currently the executive vice president at Elbit and has worked at the company since 1991.

Timothy Gowen has succeeded retiring Navy Capt. John Slaughter as head of the Naval Aviation Center for Rotorcraft Advancement for the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command. Gowen previously served as the deputy director of the Airworthiness Office for NAVAIR and recently received Senate confirmation as Director of the Joint Staff of the Maryland National Guard. Gowen is a former Bell OH-58 Kiowa and Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk pilot with the U.S. Army.


Bell Helicopter has added Raymond Leduc as vice president of value streams at its Mirabel, Canada location. He will oversee the manufacturing at Mirabel and take charge of the value stream activities. Leduc was previously the site leader at IBM Bromont, a position he held for the past nine years.

Russian Helicopters has named a new chairman and board of directors during its board meeting in July. Andrei Reus, a board member since 2010, was selected chairman of the board of directors. Rues is the general director of Oboronprom. New board of directors’ members include Aleksei Alyoshin who replaces Dmitry Kolodyazhny, as well as Jean-Paul Béchat, Shiv Vikram Khemka, Dmitry Lelikov, Alexander Mikheev, Pavel Osin, Dmitry Petrov and Jean-Loup Picard.

StandardAero has announced that Tom Roche will fill the position of vice president of customer support for the maintenance provider. Roche previously served as the company’s vice president of turboprops and fleets, and prior to that led the helicopter business unit for almost 10 years.

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