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Global Corporate Leadership

David Balevic President and Chief Executive Officer
 

Mr. Balevic was named president and chief executive officer in September 2019. Prior to this role, he served as CHC's Senior Vice President, Engineering & Operations in May 2015, coming to CHC with 26 years of engineering leadership experience at General Electric. During his time at GE, Mr. Balevic held progressive roles in aviation, power generation and oil & gas. Before joining CHC, Mr. Balevic led engineering for the drilling and surface division at GE Oil & Gas. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of technology development, new product design, requisition engineering, field support and customer technical engagement. Mr. Balevic holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University.

Imran Hayat Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer
 

Mr. Hayat was named Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer in September 2019. He is second in command at CHC and is responsible for corporate strategy and increasing shareholder value. He also has global responsibility for Legal, Compliance, Risk and Insurance, Fleet Strategy, Human Resources and Communications. He joined CHC in July 2015 and previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer.

Mr. Hayat has more than 17 years of international experience counselling some of the world’s largest companies in complex legal matters. He earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Economics and Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. In 2013, he was elected as one of approximately 300 members, and remains an active member, of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health.

Scott Thanisch Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer
 

Mr. Thanisch joined CHC in April 2016 and was appointed SVP and Chief Financial Officer in December 2017. Prior to his current role, he served in an interim capacity as Chief Financial Officer, and before that as Treasurer and Vice President, Treasury and Financial Planning & Analysis. He has more than 20 years’ experience in Finance leadership roles in the Technology and Oil & Gas Services industries, with both public and privately-held companies such as Sabre, Dell, and PLH Group. Over the course of his career, he has held a broad range of responsibilities within the finance organization, including FP&A, treasury, corporate development, and investor relations. Mr. Thanisch earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Miguel Carrasco Senior VP, Operations and Supply Chain
 

Mr. Carrasco was appointed Senior Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain in September 2019. He joined CHC in 2016 with 25 years of leadership experience in procurement, supply chain and technical operations. Prior to CHC, Mr. Carrasco worked for a range of complex and industry leading companies, including as Head of Global Strategic Sourcing and Business Intelligence at Conoco Phillips and Managing Director of Technical Procurement at American Airlines. Mr. Carrasco holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and an MBA from Arizona State University.

Barry Parsons Senior VP, CHC Global Sales
 

Mr. Parsons joined CHC in July 2015 as senior vice president, CHC Global Sales. Before joining CHC, Mr. Parsons served as vice president, Sales with responsibility for the global drilling division of Schlumberger. During his 19 year career at Schlumberger, Mr. Parsons progressed through a series of sales and operational roles based in the U.S., Canada, Norway, France and Australia. As marketing manager for the Australasia region, Mr. Parsons integrated all 16 Schlumberger service lines in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and East Timor. In previous roles, he led Schlumberger’s onshore drilling business in the U.S., managed sales teams across the Europe-Africa-Caspian region based in Paris and led the sales team across U.K., Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands based in Stavanger.

Duncan Trapp VP, Safety & Quality
 

Mr. Trapp was named vice president of safety and quality for CHC Helicopter in 2011, bringing an extensive record of executive-level leadership in safety, policy and aviation to the post. In this role, he reports directly to CHC President and CEO Karl Fessenden and is the executive responsible for the company’s strategic and operational safety profile. Mr. Trapp joined CHC in 2007, as the accident prevention and flight safety programme manager for all U.K. operations. He progressed through a series of European safety leadership appointments before being named to his current global post. Prior to joining CHC, Mr. Trapp served as a squadron commander in the U.K.’s Royal Air Force and a policy and defence relations officer. He is a trained accident investigator, an accomplished aviator, and a qualified Crew Resource Management instructor. Mr. Trapp holds a Master's degree in Defence Studies from King’s College in London.

Mark Abbey Regional Director, Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
 

In 2012, Mr. Abbey joined CHC as regional director for the Western North Sea business (now EMEA). Mr. Abbey has 35 years of aerospace and aviation experience. He came to CHC after a 16-year career with Hampson Aerospace PLC where he held a number of executive roles including group managing director of global assembly and fabrication operations. His experience spans the U.S., Europe, India and China. Previously, Mr. Abbey worked with BAE Systems Plc for 16 years, managing at an executive level a number of aircraft production and operational facilities, including the Hawk Jet Trainer and RJ146 assemble operations. Mark is a qualified flight line engineer and studied at both Hull and Leeds University.

Carlos Barroso Madaleno Regional Director, Latin America (LAM)
 

Mr. Madaleno began his role as regional director for Latin America (LAM) in May 2019. He joined CHC in 2017 as the sales director for LAM, bringing more 14 years of experience developing and managing partnerships with International Petroleum Companies (IPC), Petrobras and National Oil Companies in Latin American countries. Carlos holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI), an MBA in project management from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, and an MBA in Business Management from IBMEC.

Vincent D'Rozario Regional Director, Asia Pacific (APAC)
 

Mr. D’Rozario joined CHC as Regional Director for the Asia Pacific business in January 2017. Prior to joining CHC, he served as Vice President - Asia at Jacobs Engineering since 2013, procuring and leading projects across the region in support of oil and gas customers. Mr. D’Rozario has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria and started his career as an Electrical Engineer working on a variety of oil and gas projects. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy engineering sector, having worked at Aker Kvaerner on multiple Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects and Global Process Systems as Asia Pacific Regional Director and General Manager in both Singapore and Indonesia.

Eddie Lane President, Heli-One
 

Eddie is the President of Heli-One and was previously the General Manager for European Operations. He became the General Manager for our Norway operations in October 2014 following three years as the Finance Director for the largest Helicopter operator in Scandinavia. In addition to aviation, Eddie has held leadership roles in NYSE 100 FMCG, Healthcare and Consulting in a variety of geographies including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. He holds both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Commerce from the University of Natal, South Africa and also holds a postgraduate diploma in Business Administration from The University of Manchester.

 

Board of Managers

 
John T. Gremp (Chairman of the Board)
Mr. Gremp will serve as CHC Group’s Chairman of the board. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Board of FMC Technologies, Inc. since November 2011, as well as its President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2011 until May 2016. He previously held other leadership positions within FMC Technologies, including various plant, operations and regional manager positions since joining the company as a Financial Analyst in 1975. In addition to serving as a director of FMC Technologies, Mr. Gremp also served on the Boards of Directors of Joy Global Inc., the Petroleum Equipment & Services Association, the American Petroleum Institute and the Offshore Technology Conference. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Greater Houston and a member of the National Petroleum Council.

 

Michael J. Bevacqua (Managing Director, Bain Capital Credit)
Mr. Bevacqua joined Bain Capital Credit in 1999. He is a Managing Director in the Distressed and Special Situations strategy group and the head of the Restructuring team. Prior to his current role with Bain Capital, he was responsible for investments in the Automotive, Building Products, Transportation, Equipment Rental, Waste Services and Aerospace & Defense sectors. Previously, Mr. Bevacqua was a Vice President at First Union Capital Markets where he worked in the Asset Securitization Group. Mr. Bevacqua was also an Associate in Corporate Finance at NationsBanc Capital Markets and spent four years as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Bevacqua received an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. from Ithaca College.

 

Michael T. Steen (Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide; President and Chief Executive Officer, Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc.)
Mr. Steen joined Atlas Air Worldwide in April 2007 and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2010. Additionally, Mr. Steen is President and Chief Executive Officer of Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., a wholly owned dry-leasing subsidiary of Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., and serves on the Cargo Committee of the International Air Transportation Association. Previously, Mr. Steen served in global leadership roles for companies such as DHL, Exel Plc and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. He also served as a Board Member of The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) from 2008-2015, serving as TIACA’s Chairman from 2010-2013. He earned a degree in economics in Gotenburg Sweden and is an alumnus of the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

John A. Crum (Managing partner of JAC Energy Partners, LLC; Director of Forty Acres Energy, LLC, and of the American Heart Association, Houston Division)
Mr. Crum is managing partner of JAC Energy Partners, LLC, and currently serves as a director of Forty Acres Energy, LLC, and of the American Heart Association, Houston Division. Previously, he served as president, chief executive officer and director of Midstates Petroleum Company Inc. and a variety of executive roles for Apache Corporation. Mr. Crum has served on the boards of Midcoast Holdings, LLC, Coskata Inc., as well as industry groups including the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA), UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). Mr. Crum has also held positions of responsibility for several independent exploration and production companies including Aquila Energy Corporation, Pacific Enterprises Oil Company, Southland Royalty Company, and Conoco. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

 

Michael E. Preissler (Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Global Medical Response, Inc.)
Mr. Preissler is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Global Medical Response (GMR). As part of GMR, he has served in healthcare services for both air and ground transportation, responsible for all aspects of Finance, Accounting, Billing & Collections/Revenue Cycle, Government Affairs, Information Technology, Employee Benefits, Supply Chain, and Insurance/Risk Management. Prior to joining GMR, Mr. Preissler was the Director of Finance for Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, and also held a variety of management positions at Delta Air Lines, including Corporate Finance and Strategy, Operational Performance and Planning, and Route Network Planning.  Mr. Preissler was previously a C.P.A. in the Audit & Assurance service of Deloitte. Mr. Preissler holds a degree in Accounting with a second major in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and earned his MBA from the Yale School of Management with an emphasis in Finance. He is a licensed fixed wing pilot for leisure purposes.