TEMPE, Ariz. – August 12, 2013 – StandardAero announced that it has appointed Leo Mendoza as the new regional sales leader for its Latin American Airlines and Fleets business. Mendoza’s appointment complements the company’s strategic objectives to expand its business footprint and overall investment in the Latin American region, augmenting its existing market leadership and highlighting its extensive capabilities in turboprop and turbofan maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).
“Latin America is a rapidly emerging aviation hub for both commercial and business air travel,” said Rob Cords, Senior Vice President, Airlines & Fleets, StandardAero. The rise in air traffic naturally equates to an increase in engine MRO. StandardAero’s reputation and experience on turboprop and turbofan engines provides us with an excellent opportunity to extend our footprint in a region poised for significant growth.”
Mendoza brings to StandardAero a robust background in aviation sales management with companies like Pratt & Whitney and most recently, MTU in Vancouver, Canada, where he lead teams of technicians and buyers for a prominent South American state-run air carrier. Early in his career, Mendoza managed the supply chain for Avensa Airlines in Caracas, Venezuela. Mendoza holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and completed his undergraduate work at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering Technology. In addition, Mendoza holds a specialty in business economics from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas Venezuela.
“A critical component to our strategy for the region is finding the right leader who can serve to increase our footprint through greater brand awareness; expanding our channel partners, increasing our agent agreements and participating more in Latin American aviation shows and events,” said Rob Higby, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Airlines & Fleets, StandardAero. “By having ‘boots on the ground’ with Leo, who has the expertise, sales leadership and knowledge of the Latin American market, StandardAero will gain significant opportunities to grow its business in the region. These elements, combined with our ongoing efforts to expand our relationships with Azul, Embraer and other key operators in the region, plus increasing our presence at this year’s LABACE show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will contribute substantially towards fulfilling our strategic objectives.”
For years, StandardAero has maintained a strong market presence among Latin American operators as the MRO provider of choice on turboprop engines.