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Breeze-Eastern Unveils New Leadership and Organizational Changes


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2013-02-19 23:12:46 -

WHIPPANY, N.J. February 19, 2013 - Brad Pedersen, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Breeze-Eastern Corporation (NYSE MKT: BZC), the aerospace industry's
only dedicated hoist and winch specialist, today announced a series of changes
designed to strengthen key areas of the organization.

Steve Chisarik has joined the company as Vice President of Development Programs;
Rodger Hahneman has been promoted to General Manager of Production Operations
and Customer Support; and Benjamin (Ben) Weiser is the company's Senior Vice
President of Sales and Marketing. Pedersen, who was named President and CEO May
2012, said that listening to customers helped shape his vision for the new
organization and a revitalized Breeze-Eastern. "We have a bold and aggressive
vision for a more agile, customer-centric organization," Pedersen said. "Steve,
Rodger and Ben have the skills and 
experience to deliver the change and growth we seek." As Vice President of Development Programs, Chisarik is responsible for completing all programs on time and within budget while meeting or exceeding technical and quality requirements. He previously served in a series of program management and engineering leadership positions at Sikorsky Aircraft. Hahneman previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations at Breeze- Eastern. In his expanded role, he will also "have full responsibility and accountability for developing a world-class customer support organization," Pedersen said, adding that customer support expectations include 24-hour turnaround time on critical spares and 30 days for common parts and components. Hahneman will be supported by Mike Koons, now the company's single point of contact for immediate response to customer questions in his role as Vice President of Contracts and Customer Support. Weiser, a seasoned business development and aerospace industry professional and experienced commercial and military aviator, is responsible for all aspects of Breeze-Eastern's Sales and Marketing activities. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Commercial Sales at MD Helicopters Inc. He holds advanced degrees, including a master's degree in business administration, and is chartered with helping Breeze-Eastern expand its reach and open new markets worldwide. Pedersen, Weiser and other team members will be available to meet with customers and the news media in the Breeze-Eastern exhibit C4016 throughout Heli-Expo, March 5-7 in Las Vegas. The company will be featuring its exclusive Reactive Overload Clutch rescue hoist technology during the convention. Breeze-Eastern Corporation is a global leading designer and manufacturer of high-performance lifting and pulling devices for helicopters, military cargo aircraft, and other aerospace/defense platforms, including rescue hoists, winches and cargo hooks, and weapons-lifting systems. Contact: Ben Weiser Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Phone:  (973) 602-1001 INFORMATION ABOUT FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS This release contains certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward- looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental, and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements. This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Breeze-Eastern Corporation via Thomson Reuters ONE [HUG#1679452]


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