29-Jul-2013 Source: Erickson Air-Crane
Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (NASDAQ:EAC) (“Erickson” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers and the vertically integrated manufacturer and operator of the powerful, heavy-lift helicopter, the Erickson S-64 Aircrane, today announced that Santiago Crespo, a highly experienced and accomplished executive, has agreed to join the Company’s leadership team as its Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, effective July 31, 2013.
Crespo joins the Company with 20 years of international experience in global sales, marketing, finance and management. He most recently served as the Global Key Account Director for CHC Helicopter, where he was responsible for managing its Oil & Gas business with over $1 billion in annual revenues. Prior to that position, he was CHC’s Commercial Director for the Americas territory with responsibilities that included growing the Oil & Gas business in Brazil and the development of CHC’s US Government contract acquisition strategy. Importantly, Crespo is also deeply familiar with the Evergreen Helicopters’ business, having previously served, from 2006 until 2010, as its Director, South American Sales and Marketing. In this position he was responsible for a number of business development efforts including its oil and gas customers.
Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson Air-Crane, Inc., commented, “Achieving our vision for the Company as a large, global, and highly diversified aviation services provider will require thoughtful leadership and insight from a world-class team of managers. Santiago’s deep understanding of the rotorcraft business, his experience in both Oil & Gas and government contracting and international operations and his prior tenure with Evergreen Helicopters provide for an extraordinary fit with our organization. We believe he will play a key role in the future of our Company and we are excited to benefit from his experience and expertise.”
The Company noted that Crespo’s career has also included positions where he was responsible for financial analysis, aviation safety standards management, contract management, and supply chain and distribution management. Crespo holds an undergraduate degree in Finance from the Catholic University of Ecuador and received his MBA from the University of Portland. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Crespo commented, “I am excited to join the team at Erickson and believe that the Company has an excellent opportunity to grow into one of the world’s leading aviation services companies. I am particularly pleased to have the benefit of several years with the Evergreen operations and to have significant work and life experience in South America, which following the pending Air Amazonia transaction, will become an even more important focus for our strategic growth plan.”
The Company recognized and thanked Gary Zamieroski, its outgoing Vice President of Sales and Marketing for his dedication to the Company and the contributions he has made to its growth and success. Gary has decided to return to his California home location and pursue other business opportunities.
About Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated
Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated is a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers. The Company currently operates a diverse fleet of 85 rotary-wing and fixed wing aircraft, including a fleet of 20 heavy-lift S-64 Aircranes. This fleet supports a wide and worldwide variety of government and commercial customers, across a broad range of aerial services, including critical supply and logistics for deployed military forces, humanitarian relief, firefighting, timber harvesting, infrastructure construction, and crewing. The Company also maintains a vertical manufacturing capability for the S-64 Aircrane, related components, and other aftermarket support and maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the Aircrane and other aircraft.
Founded in 1971, Erickson Air-Crane is headquartered in Portland, Oregon and maintains facilities and operations in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. For more information, please visit www.ericksonaircrane.com.