Dean Harton to return to Hawthorne Corporation, an Investment and Management firm

TEMPE, Arizona, — Landmark Aviation today announced that Dean Harton, Vice Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, has announced plans to return to his investment and management company, Hawthorne Corporation, at year-end.

“Dean has been a visionary leader for Landmark Aviation, helping to guide this organization through the integration of three aviation services businesses,” said Roger Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer. “We are reluctant to see him leave the day-to-day operation but look forward to his continued contributions to the company as Vice Chairman of the Landmark Board.”

Currently one of eight executives on the Landmark Aviation senior leadership team, Harton played a key role in guiding the company through its integration and re-branding following the combination in 2004 of the three legacy companies – Garrett Aviation Services, Piedmont Hawthorne and Associated Air Center. The businesses had been combined by owner the Carlyle Group into a single aviation services provider. In 2005 the organization underwent a corporate rebranding and emerged as Landmark Aviation.

Since then Landmark Aviation has continued on a growth path, adding FBOs and expanding service offering at its MRO operations. Through Hawthorne Corporation, Harton will continue to be involved in the corporate development activities of Landmark and will act as an advisor to both Landmark and Carlyle.

In addition to FBO and MRO divisions, Landmark Aviation also includes Associated Air Center and an Aircraft Sales, Charter and Management division.

Landmark Aviation, is one of North America´s largest providers of comprehensive services for the business aviation industry. Serving 43 locations in North America, the company offers a full range of fixed base operations; maintenance, repair and overhaul; aircraft charter, sales and management; and large aircraft completions. Landmark Aviation is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Landmark Aviation is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.