CHC Helicopter Announces
CHC Helicopter Announces Management Changes
February 16, 2011 - CHC Helicopter of Vancouver, British
Columbia has announced a number of Executive management
changes, including two appointments and two retirements.
After 29 years with CHC Helicopter, Christine Baird,
CHC's president of Global Operations, has announced her
retirement from the organization.
In 1997, when Baird became president of what was then Canadian Helicopters International, the company had annual revenues of $35 million.
the time Baird was finished leading the company through
the mergers of Court, Lloyds, and Schreiner, Global
Operations boasted revenues of $560 million annually.
This amazing feat made Baird one of the most well known
and respected leaders in the international helicopter
Baird has been a powerful visionary and leader who used her keen
instinct to not just take over the world of helicopters but
reshape it in her vision," said William J. Amelio, President and
CEO, CHC Helicopter. "
recent win of Woodside is a testament to Christine's leadership.
This is the biggest contract win in Australian history. After a
legendary career with CHC Helicopter, I am grateful for the
legacy of success Christine leaves behind. On behalf of the
senior leadership team, her many friends and colleagues at CHC
and elsewhere throughout the industry, I wish her all the best
in her retirement."
changes, Tilmann Gabriel will transition from his post as
President of European Operations and take over leadership of
CHC's Search and Rescue division. "Tilmann Gabriel has done an
outstanding job with European Operations and his enthusiasm for
growing the SAR segment of our business makes him the obvious
candidate to assume responsibility for tackling the difficult
task of growing this business," explained Mr. Amelio.
addition to Mr. Gabriel's transition, Scott Pinfield has been
appointed interim leader of the new Flying Operations division.
Mr. Pinfield has a sterling reputation with CHC Helicopter,
having contributed to the European Operations team as Chief
Operating Officer and latterly as Managing Director, European
Mr. Pinfield will be responsible for integrating CHC's European Operations and Global Operations divisions into a single Flying Operations division. Benefits of this integration include the ability to deliver common standards on a global basis, an improved consistency of product, enhanced safety levels and increased levels of customer service.
CHC also announced
that Michael O'Neill will assume the position of Chief Legal Counsel,
eventually replacing Martin Lockyer, who has announced his retirement
from CHC. Mr. O'Neill joins CHC after serving as Senior Vice President
and General Counsel for the Lenovo Group, where he was responsible for
all legal affairs, contracts, government affairs, and security for the
"I'd like to thank
Martin for his dedication and passion for CHC and I am grateful that he
has agreed to stay on to assist with Michael's transition into the
role," said Mr. Amelio. During his tenure with CHC, Mr. Lockyer has been
involved in every M&A transaction, refinancing and high profile
operational issue CHC has completed. Examples include the acquisition of
CHC by First Reserve in 2008, restructuring of CHC's Nigerian
operations, recent successful bond offering, and providing legal
oversight to the many commercial contracts to which CHC is a party.
Last week CHC Helicopter expressed its disappointment at the government's decision to cancel the SAR-H program. CHC made it public that in November of last year CHC became aware that a small number of its employees acting without its knowledge or authorization of the company's senior management may have violated the company's standard of ethics during its participation in the competitive bid process.
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