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News > American Eurocopter strengthens sales & marketing team


American Eurocopter strengthens sales & marketing team

With a focus on serving the customer with strategic additions

August 31, 2011

Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter leads the industry by providing helicopters that incorporate the latest technology and deliver the performance and reliability needed for a variety of missions. To meet industry demand and to enhance coverage of key market segments, the company announced today that it has strengthened its sales and marketing teams with seasoned industry veterans and strategic additions.

“Our sales team consists of Regional Marketing Managers and Market Segment experts. They are our customers’ direct contact to American Eurocopter,” explained American Eurocopter Vice President of Sales, Treg Manning. “Our goal is to have the talent in place that enables us to be a valued resource to our customers and to provide them with the best business solutions.”

The newest members of American Eurocopter’s Regional Marketing Team are Kris DeSoto and Glenn Murray. “We are excited to have Kris and Glenn join the team. They bring tremendous experience to our organization and will help us enhance our coverage of the United States in order to provide vital customer interface.”

DeSoto, Regional Marketing Manager for the Northeast region, brings five years of sales experience in the aerospace industry and eight years of experience in new business development in the United States, Latin America and Australia. Prior to his position with American Eurocopter, he was a Regional Sales Manager for Latin America and was most recently the President of a land development and investment company in Mexico. DeSoto earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Marketing from University of Texas at Arlington and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Small Business Management from Southern Methodist University.

Before arriving at American Eurocopter as the Regional Marketing Manager for the Midwest region, Murray experienced success in the aviation industry as a Regional Sales Manager in the Asia/Pacific region, as well as managing a commercial helicopter program with the Pakistan Army. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopter pilot and commanding officer. Murray has a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

In addition to the Regional Marketing Managers, American Eurocopter’s marketing team also includes vital members that provide industry specific support to both the company and the customers in these industries. These members make up the specialized market segment teams that focus on the expanding helicopter base in the United States and the growth potential in key market segments. To support these key market segments, American Eurocopter recently added Don Baenen as Director, Oil & Gas Marketing and Patrice Royer as Director, Business & Private Aviation.

Baenen has significant industry experience with the Oil & Gas industry, having most recently been a Global Aviation Specialist with BHP Billiton Minerals Exploration.  He previously served as Aviation Logistics Coordinator with BHP Billiton Petroleum (Americas), Inc. and was formerly Chief Pilot and Flight Safety/QA Advisor with Era Helicopters. Baenen served with the U.S. Army as a UH-60 Black Hawk pilot-in-command, Aviation Safety Officer and Master Army Aviator.  He is a licensed Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and has over 10,000 flight hours, including time in the BO105, B205/212/412 and S-76.

Royer comes from Eurocopter where he was the global Director of Market Development for the Business Aviation, Private and Commercial segment. His development and worldwide industry expertise will help us focus our efforts and expand the Eurocopter fleet in this segment.

“Kris, Glenn, Don and Patrice are joining a team that has brought us to the top of the industry,” continued Manning. “All the members of our Sales team are dedicated to enhancing the customer experience from the initial stages through delivery and throughout the life of their helicopter. It is this commitment, plus combined knowledge and expertise, that is going to keep us there.”

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.


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