PremiAir International Group, UK, announced today the appointment of Keith Marshall as Chief Executive. Keith, who embarked on an aerospace career after serving 24 years in the British Army as a helicopter pilot and instructor, brings a strong background and complementary skillset in aerospace and defence systems to a growing and diversifying company which is best known for its three decades of expertise in the business aviation sector. Keith is a former senior Executive VP with Northrop Grumman where he worked on internationally renowned programmes including Joint Strike Fighter and the F16 and Homeland Security. After Northrop Grumman, where he progressed to Managing Director of NGISC Toulouse, Keith became Executive VP at Selex Galileo (formerly GEC-Marconi) in their electronic warfare and battlespace divisions.
Reporting to PremiAir owner and Chairman Graham Avery and based out of the company’s Blackbushe, Surrey HQ, Keith will head up the Group’s business activities, where his responsibilities will include overseeing a newly agreed Joint Venture/MoU with AVIC International and also a project with Cranfield Aerospace, where he has served as a business advisor. The new project focuses on platform and sensor integration and UAV applications.
In joining PremiAir he also brings to the company Aviation Specialities Unlimited (ASU) a US specialist in night vision systems integration for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. PremiAir plans to showcase this technology aboard a recently acquired AS 355 helicopter, now undergoing refurbishment at Blackbushe.
In addition, Trevor Jenkins has been promoted to lead the newly formed PremiAir Aerospace team as Managing Director, furthering bolstering the group. Trevor, an accomplished senior engineering executive, joined PremiAir last year from his own consultancy practice. Previously Trevor was Technical Director of B/E Aerospace, Director and General Manager of Koito Aerospace Europe, Head of Composite Materials and Processes at Airbus UK and Head of Engineering for Slingsby Advanced Composites. He started his aerospace career in the stress office at BAE Military Aircraft, Warton.
Of late Trevor has been responsible for widening PremiAir’s approvals and capabilities as an approved Design Organisation, approved Production Organisation and a Part 145 Maintenance Organisation. The company retains its Part M approval along with its EASA Part 21 subpart J Design Organisation approval and Part 21 subpart G Production Organisation approval.
“The new PremiAir Aviation International Ltd, is now led by a strong management team with a superb selection of aviation knowledge and skills that will help deliver revenue to the Group and significantly enhance our competitive advantage in the core businesses,” said Chairman Graham Avery.
Graham Avery and Keith Marshall will both be visiting HAI Heli Expo in Anaheim, California next week February 24th-27th