Dubai, UAE, December 10, 2012 - (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) - CAE announced today on the eve of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference that Robert (Rob) H. Lewis was named Vice President and General Manager of its global Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training business unit. The organization combines three complementary business areas in a market-focused alignment.
Lewis has a multi-faceted business aviation experience, encompassing over the past decade international aircraft operations management, maintenance and avionics support, and staff training. He most recently led the growth of Pentastar Aviation as CEO and President of the privately owned U.S. aircraft operating company, MRO and FBO operator. Previously he was President of Everest Fuel Management, an aviation contract fuel provider, and Vice President Supply for Sentient Jet Inc., a leading U.S. private aviation company. Lewis has implemented more than two dozen significant partnerships or joint ventures with aircraft manufacturers, service providers and suppliers in several countries around the globe.
"Rob Lewis brings a strong client-centric perspective to his role as global leader for CAE business aviation, civil helicopter and maintenance training. He and his team will continue to enhance the superior service experience for which CAE is renowned, leveraging his extensive operational experience with continuous client feedback," said Jeff Roberts, CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services. "With his experience as an aircraft owner, pilot, MRO supplier and aircraft management company leader, Rob understands the myriad facets of day-to-day aircraft operations, training, safety and efficiency, and the value of delivering consistent, high-quality client service."
Lewis is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, and served as a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine officer. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance and economics from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. Lewis is an active instrument-rated private pilot and aircraft owner.
CAE is an international leader in business aviation, civil helicopter and maintenance technician training. It delivers business aircraft training in eight locations worldwide with two additional locations scheduled to begin training soon. Civil helicopter training is offered in 10 locations and four others are due to open within the next two years. Maintenance training is deployed at various locations around the globe through the Honeywell-CAE Training Alliance.
CAE is a global leader in modelling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defence. The company employs close to 8,000 people at more than 100 sites and training locations in approximately 30 countries. CAE offers civil aviation, military, and helicopter training services in more than 45 locations worldwide and trains approximately 100,000 crewmembers yearly. In addition, the CAE Oxford Aviation Academy offers training to aspiring pilot cadets in 11 CAE-operated flight schools. CAE's business is diversified, ranging from the sale of simulation products to providing comprehensive services such as training and aviation services, integrated enterprise solutions, in-service support and crew sourcing. The company applies simulation expertise and operational experience to help customers enhance safety, improve efficiency, maintain readiness and solve challenging problems. CAE is now leveraging its simulation capabilities in new markets such as healthcare and mining. www.cae.com