People News: API Names VP of Marketing and Sales

Aerospace Products International Inc. ("API"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, Inc. has announced the appointment of Jean-Marie (Jim) Pogu as senior vice president of marketing and sales.

Jim Pogu comes to API from Honeywell, where he most recently served as director of sales and marketing for the Hardware Products Group. Prior to this Jim was vice president of sales and marketing for Fairchild Fasteners, and he was formally director of customer service for Turbomeca.

Jim Pogu's new responsibilities as senior vice president of marketing and sales for API will encompass the management of sales and marketing activities for all customer segments in the United States, which includes leading API's supply chain management services and distribution business "Jim's has worked with industry leading supply chain management services and distribution companies. This makes him an excellent choice to drive API's marketing and sales strategy and implementation. We are pleased and excited to have Jim as a key member of the API leadership team," says Paul Fanelli, president and CEO of API.

Reflecting on his decision to join API, Jim points out the challenges and opportunities facing companies in today's aviation industry: "API's innovations in the aerospace supply chain has positioned it to take advantage of changes in the industry, especially as it relates to technology and outsourced supply chain management. An example of this is our Electronic Parts Supply (ESP) which enables our customers to increase service levels while reducing overall costs."

First Aviation CEO, Michael Culver adds, "I am impressed not only with his industry knowledge but Jim's ability to take this expertise and develop practical business solutions for customers. Jim rounds out a fundamentally new management team made up of excellent supply chain management and distribution experience from both the aviation industry and high growth, high service level industries around the world."

First Aviation, located in Westport, Connecticut and its principal operating subsidiary, Aerospace Products International Inc. ("API"), based in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the leading suppliers of products and services worldwide to manufacturers and aircraft operators of some of the most widely used commercial and general aviation aircraft. In addition to its parts and components supply services, API is a leading provider of supply chain management and customized third party logistics services and technology solutions, including inventory management services. API also offers overhaul and repair services for brakes and starter/generators, and builds custom hose assemblies. With locations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific, plus partners throughout the world, API continues to be one of the premier suppliers of aviation products, supply chain management services and technology solutions in the industry.