July 30, 2013 – Palmetto, FL – ITW Global GSE, a division of GSE Holdings Inc, an ITW company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Fraser to the role of Business Unit Manager for Hobart Ground Systems in Palmetto, FL and J&B Aviation in Santa Rosa, CA. Fraser will be responsible for the overall business operations for both locations while overseeing the operations of Houchin/ITW GSE UK.
Simon has over 20 years of experience managing airport and airside operations. He is an accomplished leader with expertise in business and operations leadership, engineering, restructuring and business development.
For the past six years, Simon has been General Manager of Houchin / ITW GSE UK located in Kent, UK. In this role, Simon introduced a new style of leadership possessing integrity, energy and motivation to inspire, lead and develop the team. His overall responsibilities included all facets of the business operations including production, engineering, research & development, sales and marketing, finance, purchasing, quality and human resources.
Prior to joining Houchin / ITW GSE UK, Simon was the Airport Duty Manager at London Heathrow Airport, UK. In this role, he managed all areas of the day to day operations of the airport, including establishing the contingency plans and emergency procedures for this major international airport.
“We are excited to have Simon leading the teams in this important role,” states Henrik Olsson, Managing Director for ITW Global GSE. “His experience makes him well suited to support the experienced management teams in place. Hailing from an airport environment, Simon brings valuable insight from our customers’ point of view. This will provide additional perspective to enable us to better serve our customers worldwide.”
About Hobart Ground Systems: Hobart Ground Power, Trilectron/Air-A-Plane, ITW Military GSE and J&B Aviation are divisions of GSE Holdings, Inc, an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) Company and a diverse fortune 200 company with more than 825 divisions operating in 52 countries. Their world-renowned engineering, design, sales, and service teams to provide a total systems solution for the commercial and military aviation ground support industries. Our user-friendly designs, superior performance, and proven reliability, provide our customers the best value in the industry.