New Positions, Promotions, Honors And Elections, July 13, 2020

Roger Raley has been appointed president of Alpine Advanced Materials. He had been TTI Inc. vice president of military and aerospace business (known for its thermoplastic nanocomposite HX5), and before that was with Arrow Electronics.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. (ret.) Clint Crosier has been hired by Amazon Web Services to lead its new business segment for communications companies, which must process and make actionable the massive quantity of data that now transits through space. Crosier is former U.S. Space Force director of planning.

SES, the multi-orbit satellite--constellation operator, has promoted Thai Rubin to chief legal officer from executive vice president of legal services; he succeeds John Purvis, who will work part-time. SES CEO Steve Collar also becomes SES Video CEO, succeeding Ferdinand Kayser, who will retire at year-end. Kayser remains chairman of both the SES Astra and GovSat boards.

Former FLYHT Aerospace CEO Bill Tempany will serve as interim CEO and continue as a company director while FLYHT recruits a replacement for Thomas R. Schmutz, whose CEO contract has been terminated. FLYHT also has named Barry Eccleston executive chairman; Eccleston retired from Airbus as president and CEO in 2017. 

Western Aircraft, a Greenwich Aero Group maintenance/modification com-pany, has hired Tonya Wood as interiors manager. She will oversee aircraft refurbishment according to customer specifications. She held management positions with Gulfstream Aerospace, J. Banks Design Group and Release Marine. 

peopleThe Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has added three new staff members: Josh Chang, as a research assistant focusing on strategy and international military doctrines; Regan Copple, as a research assistant for East Asian security, future warfare and Great Power competition; and James Mersol, as publications manager. CDB Aviation has hired Paul Boyle as head of commercial leasing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Boyle has worked for Aer Lingus, Airbus Finan-cial Services, SMBC, AerCap and Avolon. CDB is a wholly owned Irish subsidiary and the only leasing arm of the China Development Bank. 

Twin Commander Aircraft, a maintenance provider for twin-engine airplanes, has hired Andrew Wilson as technical service manager. Wilson had been with Dynamic Aviation as maintenance controller and flight oper-ations support. Before that, he operated his own inspection and maintenance operation, handling contract management and FAA compliance for the U.S. Air Force. has hired Marty Bradley as a senior technical fellow. An American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) fellow in electrified aircraft and sustainable aviation, Bradley teaches at the University of Southern California and teaches the AIAA course “Design of Electrified Propulsion Aircraft.” He recently retired from Boeing.

Mitre’s Center for Technology and National Security has a newly established advisory board. Its members include: U.S. Army Gen. (ret.) John Campbell; former U.S. Air Force undersecretary Lisa Disbrow; U.S. Navy Adm. (ret.) Bill Gortney; Vice Adm. (ret.) Bob Murrett; Bob Work, former deputy secretary of defense.

Melbourne-based Titomic has named Andreas Schwer board chairman for the additive manufacturer. He was the inaugural CEO of Saudi Arabian Military Industries, where he recently stepped down. He also held executive roles at Rheinmetall Defense and Airbus.

Parsons Corp., a provider of defense, intelligence and infrastructure technology, has named U.S. Air Force Gen. (ret.) Darren W. McDew and David C. Wajsgras to its board. McDew was commander of U.S. Transportation Command, and Wajsgras was Raytheon senior vice president and chief financial officer.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions, a data transfer provider for extreme environments, has been acquired by Advent. Its new board of directors includes CEO Shawn Black, Robert F. Weiss, Mark Sirangelo, U.S. Air Force Gen. (ret.) Kevin Chilton, Bob Hitt, Mark Santamaria, Shonnel Malani, Michael Marshall and Wayne Berman.

Skyrora has named Tim Peake to its advisory board. He is a former European Space Agency astronaut, International Space Station crew member and British Army Air Corps officer. Skyrora is developing the Skyrora XL orbital launch rocket.

The National Air Transportation Association has announced its 2020-21 board of directors. Chairman Curt Castagna was reelected, as were Larry Wade and Clive Lowe. Newly appointed for three-year terms are David Best, Joe Gibney, Josh Hochberg and John King.

Toronto-based Aero Asset has named Philip Louis Amadeus London sales director of the helicopter brokerage. He will cover Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Amadeus is a former Boeing 737 pilot as well as a helicopter pilot.

Professional Aviation Associates of Greenwich AeroGroup has hired Rob Burch as a regional sales manager for the Northeast and Southwest regions. Burch was director of sales for Avgroup Inc. and a Global sales associate.