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 Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced today that Brian Clegg has been named Vice President of Global Aerial Operations. In an anticipated move, previous Vice President of Aerial Operations H.E. “Mac” McClaren has transitioned into a new role as Vice President of Government, Defense and Security Programs. Both changes will be effective March 10, 2014.
After five years of leading Erickson’s Global Aerial Services team, Mr. McClaren will be relocating to the Washington, D.C. area in order to lead business development efforts with the Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, United Nations, and NATO customers, while also heading up Erickson’s U.S. government legislative efforts.
Taking over Mr. McClaren’s prior role as Vice President of Aerial Operations, Mr. Clegg has nearly 40 years of experience in the rotorcraft industry, first as a pilot and later in managerial and executive positions, including 30 years with CHC Helicopter Corp (“CHC”). In his most recent role with CHC, he served as Vice President of Flight Operations, where he led the merger of two distinct flight divisions into one operating division with more than 210 aircraft and 1,000 pilots. In his previous role of Acting President for CHC Global Operations, he reported directly to the CEO and Board of Directors, leading operations of 120 aircraft.
Udo Rieder, Chief Executive Officer of Erickson, commented, “We’d like to thank Mac for his service to date. He’s played an integral role in helping Erickson successfully grow from a single-model operation into a mixed fleet of fixed wing and light-, medium-, and heavy-lift aircraft around the globe, while maintaining Erickson’s renowned safety record. His extensive governmental experience, which includes six years working on programs and budgets at the Pentagon and three more focused on congressional outreach, will serve him well in his new role.”
Mr. Rieder concluded, “We’re also excited to have Brian join the team. He’s a well respected figure in the aviation industry. He brings a remarkable breadth of experience in global aerial operations to the Erickson executive team, at a time when we’re continuing to optimize our diversified fleet operations around the world, following the 2013 acquisitions of Evergreen Helicopters and Air Amazonia. We look forward to having the benefit of Brian’s experience and expertise as we execute against our long-term growth strategy.”
Mr. Clegg commented, “Erickson has experienced transformative growth in the last year, quickly becoming a diversified, globally operating aerial services organization. I’m excited to be joining such an accomplished leadership team, and look forward to leading the management and optimization of Erickson’s global fleet of aircraft.”
Erickson is a leading global provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers. Erickson currently operates a diverse fleet of 90 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. Erickson 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 S-64 Aircrane and other aircraft.
Founded in 1971, Erickson 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.ericksonaviation.com.
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