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Global Corporate Leadership

Karl S. Fessenden President & CEO
 

Mr. Fessenden was named president and chief executive officer of CHC Helicopter and a board member of its parent company, CHC Group, in February 2015. He came to CHC from GE, where over 20 years he amassed a track record of strong leadership in building industrial-services businesses, as well as process discipline around resource and capital allocation. Mr. Fessenden successfully led multiple global-service business units at GE Energy and GE Aviation. Most recently he directed GE’s integration of the Alstom power-generation business, the largest acquisition in GE’s history. Prior to that, Mr. Fessenden managed GE’s $8 billion Power Generation Services unit, the largest industrial-services business at GE. His background includes 15 years in the aviation sector with GE and Pratt & Whitney.

David Balevic Senior VP, Engineering & Ops
 

Mr. Balevic was appointed 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.

Lee Eckert Senior VP, Finance & Chief Financial Officer
 

Mr. Eckert joined CHC in May 2015 and now serves as senior vice president, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Before joining CHC, Mr. Eckert, served as chief financial officer of the U.S. division of National Grid Plc from June 2011 to September 2014. Prior to National Grid, Mr. Eckert held senior finance and operating leadership positions at MeadWestvaco Corp. and Electronic Data Systems (EDS). He started his business career at GE where he spent 15 years working in a variety of management positions across several business units. Mr. Eckert also served as a member of GE’s Corporate Audit Staff. An alumnus of Indiana University, he is Six Sigma “green belt” certified and a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program.

Paul King Senior VP, Chief Information Officer
 

Mr. King was appointed senior vice president and chief information officer in 2010, three years after joining CHC as director of information systems. He also served as CHC’s director of global information technology and led a Global Operations project to redesign and build the data center and all related IT services for a partner company. Mr. King’s 20 years of information-technology leadership include 12 years in the biotechnology field with Inex Pharmaceuticals and QLT Inc. Mr. King holds a master’s degree in information technology from the University of Liverpool.

David Lisabeth Senior VP, Human Resources
 

Mr. Lisabeth joined CHC in May 2015, bringing with him a deep expertise in global leadership. He began his career in General Electric’s Human Resources Leadership program and later progressed through multiple HR leadership roles with GE’s energy, financial services, appliances, and aviation segments.  Most recently Mr. Lisabeth was the senior human resources leader for GE’s Oil & Gas Supply Chain where he was responsible for overall HR leadership for the global manufacturing and sourcing organizations covering more than 100 facilities and 15,000 employees. Mr. Lisabeth holds a Bachelor of Science from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in psychology from Xavier 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.

Hooman Yazhari General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer
 

Mr. Yazhari joined CHC in March 2015 with more than a decade of experience as an executive in aviation, most recently as senior vice president and general counsel of International Lease Finance Corporation.  He also served in leadership roles for Gategroup, an aviation product and service provider.  Mr. Yazhari began his career as a solicitor in the London and Tokyo offices of Linklaters; practiced at Chadbourne & Parke; and was a founding director, general counsel and managing director of EM Health Limited.  He obtained his law degree from Oxford University and master of laws from the London School of Economics.  Mr. Yazhari is a co-founder of Beyond Capital Fund, a venture philanthropy investment fund focused on social enterprises throughout India and East Africa.

Chris Krajewski Director, Special Projects & Restructuring
 

Mr. Krajewski joined CHC in 1994 after having served as an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force in various operational and instructive positions. Mr. Krajewski began his career at CHC as manager for the U.N. Somalia operation before moving on to become U.N. operations manager and manager of Base Operations. In 1998, he joined the Commercial Department as commercial manager, followed by the appointment to vice president, Business Development in 2000. After further consolidation of CHC’s global flying divisions in 2004, he held the vice president, Business Operations position until 2009, followed by the appointment to vice president, Commercial. In 2012, Mr. Krajewski became the regional director for CHC's former Africa Euro Asia region. Most recently Chris as served as the visiting executive in both the Latin American and Asia Pacific regions to guide the transition of key leadership roles.

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.

Marcelo Luiz da Silva Soares Regional Director, Latin America (LAM)
 

Mr. Soares joined CHC in 2016 as the regional director for Latin America, coming to CHC following a lengthy career in various leadership and corporate executive roles in the aviation, oil and gas, and energy industries. Prior to joining CHC, he served for two years as President and CEO of Tecsis, a Brazilian-based manufacturing company for wind power blades. Before that, Mr. Soares worked with GE for 35 years in a number of roles within GE affiliate organization both in and outside of Brazil, including as President and CEO of CELMA (purchased by GE Aviation). Following that, he was the Latin America President and CEO for GE’s Energy business – a position he held for three years where he held responsibility over 16 countries and 10,000 employees with a $7 billion portfolio. He also worked with GE WELLSTREAM as the CEO, running manufacturing sites in Brazil and Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Arne Roland Regional Director, Norway, Eastern Europe, Caspian and Canada (NECC)
 

Mr. Roland joined CHC in 2012 as the regional director for Eastern North Sea (now NECC). Mr. Roland joined CHC with over 20 years of experience working for leading oil service companies. His previous role before joining CHC was as senior vice president of international operations in Kværner Verdal. His experience spans various leadership positions and international assignments, including as senior vice president and chief finance officer for the maintenance and modification division in Aker Solutions. Mr. Roland holds a master’s degree in business from Agder Regional College, Norway. He is also a Board Member of the Norwegian Employers Association for Aviation (NHO Luftfart).

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 Interim President, Heli-One
 

Eddie is the Interim President of Heli-One (2017) 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

Karl Fessenden
President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Fessenden was named president and chief executive officer of CHC Helicopter and a board member of its former parent company, CHC Group Ltd., in February 2015. He joined CHC from GE, where over 20 years he amassed a track record of strong leadership in building industrial- services businesses, as well as process discipline around resource and capital allocation. Mr. Fessenden successfully led multiple global-service business units at GE Energy and GE Aviation. Most recently he directed GE’s integration of the Alstom power-generation business, the largest acquisition in GE’s history. Prior to that, Mr. Fessenden managed GE’s $8 billion Power Generation Services unit, the largest industrial-services business at GE. His background includes 15 years in the aviation sector with GE and Pratt & Whitney.

 

Michael J. Bevacqua
Managing Director Opportunistic Credit
Bain Capital Credit

Mr. Bevacqua joined Bain Capital Credit in 1999. He is a Managing Director in Distressed and Special Situations and the head of the Restructuring team. Prior to his current role with Bain, 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.

 

Robert Del Genio
Co-founder
CDG Group, LLC

Robert Del Genio has been a Partner and Founder at CDG Group, LLC since April 1998. Previously, Mr. Del Genio had been Strategic Planning Officer of RHI Entertainment, Inc. since June 2010. He has an extensive background in finance and accounting, including as Corporate Finance Partner and National Director of Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Del Genio served as an Independent Director of Lazare Kaplan International Inc. from 2001 to May 5, 2010.

 

John Gremp

Mr. Gremp has served as the Chairman of the Board of FMC Technologies, Inc. since November 2011, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from March 2011 until May 2016. Mr. Gremp previously held various 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 serves 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.

 

James F. Wilson

James F. Wilson joined Carl Marks Management Company in 2001. Between 1991 and 2000, he was a Partner with Jacobson Partners, a private equity investment firm focused on acquisitions of under-performing companies. From 1987 through 1991, Mr. Wilson was a Founding Partner of Rockwood Holdings, an investment firm that acquired businesses for its own account and provided investment banking services.

Prior to these roles, he held various positions at E.F. Hutton & Company in investment banking and direct investing. Mr. Wilson earned a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College in 1980 and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1984. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors and is currently a Director of Xerium Technologies.