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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
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.
Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing
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