Omniflight Helicopters appoints new CEO

Omniflight Helicopters appoints new CEO 27 May, 10, Source: Omniflight Helicopters

Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. announced today the appointment of Thomas Leverton to the role of chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2010. Leverton replaces Robert A. Peiser who will be leaving the company to pursue his interests in corporate and not-for-profit board service. Peiser has served as chairman and CEO since February 2008. He will continue to serve on the Omniflight Board of Directors.

Leverton joins Omniflight from TXU Energy, the largest electric market retailer in Texas, where he served as chief operating officer. In that role, Leverton had responsibility for operations, marketing, sales and technology. Leverton also served in several roles at FedEx where he was chief development officer and handled a variety of functions over a six-year period, including nationwide marketing, pricing and new store expansion. He also gained experience in corporate strategy as a result of the role he held at consulting firm Bain & Company, including work in the airline industry. Leverton began his career in research, regulatory and product development for neurovascular catheters with Johnson & Johnson.

“Tom Leverton is a seasoned leader with whom I have become closely acquainted during the past several months,” said Peiser. “He brings to Omniflight years of corporate experience and is extremely knowledgeable, decisive, inquisitive and creative. In addition, he is a very quick learner and comfortable with both detailed analytics as well as broad strategic issues. We anticipate a smooth transition as Tom settles in to his new role. I look forward to continuing to serve Omniflight through my ongoing involvement with its Board.”

Leverton commented on his new role, stating: “I am very excited to join the Omniflight team and work toward further driving the growth of this leading air medical services provider. The opportunity to be part of an organization focused on performing such an important service for people in need across various communities nationwide is an exciting one for me. I am also eager to assist in strengthening the company’s presence and enhancing its growth while creating additional value for Omniflight employees and investors.”

Leverton is a resident of Dallas, where he has lived for the past 12 years with his wife, a practicing surgeon. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering/materials science from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

About Omniflight

Addison, Texas-based Omniflight Helicopters, Inc. is a leading provider of air medical services throughout the U.S. The company owns over 100 aircraft nationally, and operates from 70 bases in 19 states, with a strong presence across the Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast regions. Its focus is primarily on inter-facility transport and on-site emergency scene response using both rotor and fixed-wing aircraft. For more information, please visit www.omniflight.com.

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