Boeing vice president (VP) and programme director, Team Airborne Laser (ABL), Paul Shennum, has retired after nearly 40 years with the company. Deputy programme manager Steve Sauve has been named as his successor, and will also serve as ABL Joint Programme Office director for the Boeing-Lockheed Martin-TRW team. Mesa Air Group of the USA has appointed Michael Lotz president, replacing Jonathan Ornstein. Lotz will retain his current position as chief operating officer (COO), while Ornstein will continue as chairman and chief executive officer (CEO). Alaska Airlines executive VP technical operations and systems control, John Fowler, has taken early retirement in the wake of January's McDonnell Douglas MD-80 crash. He was not asked to resign. Ronald Sugar, president and COO of TRW Aerospace & Information Systems, is to take up the same positions with Litton Industries, the USA's largest builder of non-nuclear naval vessels, and will become CEO with-in 18 months. Northwest Airlines has promoted Daniel Matthews to senior VP and treasurer. He was previously VP and assistant treasurer. California's SpaceDev has appointed David Smith chief technical officer. He will also assume the role of VP engineering. Smith has 30 years of industry experience, including positions on the Pioneer-10 and the Galileo and SIR-C development teams. US aerospace and defence company ATK (Alliant Techsystems) of Minneapolis has named Maj Gen Robert Shadley VP Army Operations, responsible for business with the US Army, from which he retired in May. Precision machined parts supplier Compass Aerospace of California has promoted John Reimers to president and COO. He was previously executive VP and COO. Atlantic Coast Airlines senior VP customer service, Mike Davis, has been named COO of its subsidiary ACJet, which will launch as new Delta Connection carrier.

Source: Flight International