ZHUHAI, China (Nov. 17, 2010) – Hawker Beechcraft today announced key updates to its Asia-Pacific (APAC) global sales organization. As the market continues growing in Asia and surrounding regions, the company is expanding its sales team to meet the demand for its products. The APAC sales team is fully supported by dedicated personnel in Beijing, Singapore and Hong Kong, including field service representatives, marketing and administrative roles.
Jeff Anastas and Dan Keady lead the sales efforts in the region, each bringing extensive experience to the region:
• Jeff Anastas, regional vice president, North Asia. Anastas is responsible for leading the company’s sales efforts in North Asia. He is based in Hong Kong with offices in Beijing. Anastas has been with Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) for more than 13 years having served as regional sales director in locations around the globe, including Africa, India, the Middle East and the United States. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from High Point University and is an FAA certified airline transport pilot with type ratings on many HBC products, including more than 4,000 flight hours from his service as a sales demonstration pilot.
• Dan Keady, regional vice president, South Asia. Keady leads the sales efforts in South Asia and Australia. Having spent nearly all of his 15 years at HBC working in international markets, Keady was formerly divisional vice president of sales for Africa, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Australia. Previously, he held a variety of commercial and government business sales positions both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining HBC, Keady spent six years with Allied Signal Aerospace as an OEM and regional sales manager. He earned bachelor’s degrees in aeronautical science and geography from the University of North Dakota. He is a commercial, multi-engine pilot and was a certified flight instructor for 12 years. The following individuals are based in the company’s sales offices throughout the region:
• Chris Edwards, regional sales director, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Korea. Based in Hong Kong, Edwards is responsible for all Hawker and Beechcraft sales in Hong Kong, Macau, Japan and Korea. Prior to joining HBC, he was senior vice president of sales for NetJets Europe. A graduate of the Royal Air Force College, he served as a fighter pilot flying the Tornado GR1 in a ground attack role.
• Matthew Liu, regional sales director, China. Based in the company’s regional sales office in Beijing, Liu is responsible for all Hawker and Beechcraft sales efforts in China. He has nearly 20 years of aviation, aerospace and defense experience.
• Brett Carlson, regional sales director, Australia and New Zealand. Carlson is responsible for Hawker and Beechcraft sales in Australia and New Zealand and is based in Sydney. Previously, he was sales director for the Beech 1900D, as well as a pilot for the company’s demonstration organization.
• Pasha Saleh, regional sales director, Southeast Asia. Saleh is responsible for Hawker and Beechcraft sales in Southeast Asia and is based in Singapore. He came to HBC from McKinsey & Company where he was an aviation analyst. Prior to that he was a captain at Continental Express Airlines.