December 2011/January 2012 News In Brief

Business Buzz IATA Blames Oil For Profit Decline: Global aviation earnings will likely decline to $3.5 billion in 2012, but those could turn into steep losses exceeding $8.3 billion if the euro zone crisis veers toward catastrophe, according to a...

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Bosserman Aviation Equipment, Inc. has hired Gustavo Corzo as its new director of international sales and Kali Price as its customer service manager. Corzo has more than 14 years of aviation experience and will be responsible for all aspects of international sales. Price will be responsible for updating customers on order status and completion, following up with customers and fielding technical support calls. She also schedules warranty repairs and handles warranty parts returns.

Jerry Crump joins Somerset Capital Group, Ltd., as vice president of new business development for GSE. Previously, Crump had been director of purchasing for Swissport USA.

FCX Systems hired Scott Twining as an executive sales associate. Twining has more than 30 years of quality experience and extensive expertise related to the sales, marketing, technical support, project management, and design of GSE equipment.

ATS hired John Drpich as its new director of business development. Drpich has 29 years in international wide-body airport operations with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Integrated Deicing Services hired Bryan F. McCreary as vice president of fluid and business development. McCreary spent the past eight years with Clariant Corp. as its North American business manager.

Toyota Material Handling North America has expanded its executive team: Brett Wood has been promoted to executive vice president of TMHNA. In his new role, Wood will lead several strategic TMHNA assignments in sales, marketing and operations to accelerate synergies among company brands. Jeff Rufener will take the helm as president of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. Rufener joins Toyota after most recently serving as vice president of marketing for Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc.

Global Aviation Services LLC promoted Scott Strong as director of maintenance. Strong will be responsible for leading and managing the company’s maintenance operations. Strong also writes the “Maintenance Matters” column for Ground Support Worldwide.

Correction: We did not identify the following two men correctly in the October issue:

West Star Aviation, Inc. appointed Jeff Messmer as operations manager at its newest facility at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. In his new position at West Star Aviation, Messmer will be responsible for all maintenance, avionics and customer service and support operations.

Leighton “Lee” M. Yohannan was named co-CEO of Rampmaster. Yohannan is currently director emeritus and founder of LiquidHub, a systems integrator and technology strategy consultancy with revenues of more than $60 million in annual sales. Previously he was owner and CEO of The Reohr Group, Inc., a $55 million global technology consultancy.

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