Jet Aviation Names Group CEO, Chief Operating Officer North America
Jet Aviation this week said it named Peter G. Edwards as its Group CEO, effective May 20. Edwards, who succeeds interim CEO Carl W. Hirschmann, will be based at Jet Aviation's global headquarters in Zurich. Additionally, the company named Jim Ziegler as COO North America, effective June 1. As Group CEO, Edwards will be responsible for all of Jet Aviation's global activities, providing service excellence to customers and strategic partners and executing Jet Aviation's geographic and product expansion strategy. His aviation experience spans 28 years, including senior positions at prestigious aviation organizations such as AiResearch, Gulfstream Aerospace, and Bombardier Aerospace. Edwards, a graduate of the University of Southern California's School of International Relations, has served on the board of many organizations, including GAMA and NBAA, and has participated as a member of the World Economic Forum. Ziegler will be responsible for Jet Aviation's North American operations, including FBO, charter, aircraft management, maintenance and completions. Ziegler and André Wall, who recently joined Jet Aviation as COO Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America, will jointly report to Peter Edwards and manage Jet Aviation's day-to-day operations across the globe.
"Peter Edwards comes to Jet Aviation with an illustrious aerospace background and a strong customer focus," commented Jet Aviation Chairman Dr. Urs Schenker. Meanwhile, Schenker added, "Jim Ziegler comes to Jet Aviation with impressive senior management experience and an extensive background in business aircraft aftermarket support." A native of Kansas and graduate of Wichita State University, Ziegler spent 23 years with Learjet and Bombardier Inc. in various executive management roles including finance and strategic planning/business development. Ziegler also directed the company's business aircraft service facilities in North America and later the company's Wichita manufacturing operations and new aircraft completions centers. Ziegler's career culminated as the vice president and general manager of Bombardier Aerospace, Business Aviation Services and was responsible for aftermarket support of all Bombardier business aircraft. "Our executive group management team is now complete" commented Schenker, who also noted, "Jet Aviation now enjoys one of the strongest and most experienced management teams in the industry."