People October 2013

By Staff Writer | October 1, 2013
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Ray Duquette has succeeded John Lenyo as president and general manager of CAE USA, based in Tampa, Fla. He reports to CAE board chairman Gen. Michael E. Ryan, U.S. Air Force (Ret).

Gene Colabatistto, group president of CAE’s Military Products, Training and Services division, said of Duquette: “As a former U.S. military officer and long-time veteran of the U.S. defense industry, his strong customer relationships and deep understanding of the critically important U.S. defense market will help CAE USA continue to grow.”

Duquette moves from vice president of global business development and sales. He began his simulation and training career with Boeing Training Systems and Services before joining CAE in 2004. He served as an active duty U.S. Marine Corps officer and fighter pilot for 10 years and remained active in the Marine Corps Reserves for an additional 19 years, retiring in 2008 at the rank of colonel.


Boeing subsidiary Aviall has a new president and CEO in Edward P. Dolanski. Prior to the move, he had been executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) since January 2010. Dolanski joined Aviall in 2007.

His achievements as COO include promoting the development of a new division focused on expanding supply chain services into the defense market and accelerating Aviall’s electronic integration with its customers and suppliers.

Previous companies include Raytheon, where he was vice president of mission support and chief information officer (CIO) of Raytheon Network Centric Systems defense division, vice president of aftermarket businesses and customer support for Raytheon Aircraft division and vice president and CIO at Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems defense division.


Spaniard Fernando Lombo has joined American Eurocopter as vice president and chief financial officer. He joins from Airbus Military, where he had responsibility for all financial planning, reporting accounting and financial systems for the Airbus Military and Airbus Spain programs, including the transition and integration of the EADS Military Transport Aircraft division into the Airbus organization.

American Eurocopter president and chief executive Marc Paganini said that Lombo’s experience with Airbus and EADS would add expertise to the U.S. executive team. His role will be strategic, involving the overall management of American Eurocopter including oversight of all contracts. He will report to Paganini.


Paul Ryan is the new operations manager of Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics, with responsibility for managing the company’s manufacturing operations and repair lab. Prior to this, Ryan was vice president of operations at Mojack Distributors and Chance Rides Manufacturing. An ASQ certified Six Sigma Champion, Ryan holds patents for six inventions.



Greenwich AeroGroup has restructured the leadership for its distribution businesses. Frank Cowle, president of Aero Precision Industries, has been promoted to senior vice president of distribution responsible for DAC International, NASAM, GCCUS and Aero Precision.

David Miller has joined and has been appointed as the new president for Professional Aircraft Accessories and senior vice president of CR&O and distribution for Greenwich AeroGroup. Miller’s responsibilities include Professional Aircraft Accessories, Professional Aviation Associates and Matrix Aviation.

The U.S. Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Scholarship Foundation has announced that Connie Hansen has been elected as the first woman president in the 50-year history of the Foundation.

Hansen has been associated with the foundation for more than 23 years beginning with the establishment of a scholarship in the name of her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen Hansen, who was killed in an aircraft accident in 1988. She has served as a governor on the foundation board for the past 14 years to include holding the positions of secretary and vice president. As president, she heads a board of up to 30 elected/appointed governors who have responsibility of a $5-million fund.


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