19-Feb-2010 Source: Columbia Helicopters
Columbia Helicopters is pleased to announce that the companyâ€™s Board of Directors has named Nancy Lematta as Chairman of the Board.
She assumes the role held by her late husband, Wes Lematta, until his passing in December, 2009. Wes Lematta founded Columbia Helicopters in 1957, and served as president and Chairman of the Board until 1992 when he chose to relinquish the day-to-day control of the company to Roy Simmons. Wes then continued his role of Chairman of the Board.
â€œI am honored to be able to continue Wesâ€™ legacy with Columbia Helicopters,â€ said Nancy Lematta. â€œWes and I were married for 47 of the 52 years he ran his company, so I feel comfortable in knowing how he would have wanted his company managed in the future. I am also confident that I can help to direct this company in such a way that it continues to grow and will be a positive lasting legacy to Wes.â€
In speaking to the companyâ€™s employees shortly after Wesâ€™ passing, Nancy explained that there would be no changes to the company operations. â€œExcept that from now on, all work stations will be pink!â€
â€œOur Board of Directors and management team could not be happier that Nancy will take up the reins and provide direction as Columbia Helicopters moves forward,â€ said current Columbia Helicoptersâ€™ President, Mike Fahey. â€œNancy has been a member of the Board of Directors for several years, and she has accompanied Wes to our weekly management team meetings and periodical planning sessions for quite some time. Wes and Nancy always stood as one when it came to pointing us in the right direction, and we are pleased that she will continue to work to expand Wesâ€™ vision for his company.â€