WINNIPEG, Canada – April 22, 2008 — The Rolls-Royce Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) Council has announced the election of 30 year industry veteran Tom Roche, Vice President of Helicopter Programs for Standard Aero, as Chairman of the Council for a two-year term.
The Council is made up of representatives from each of the 13 Rolls-Royce authorized maintenance centers and the three Rolls-Royce service centers throughout the world that are the engine MRO providers within the Rolls-Royce FIRST network. The Council provides “voice-of-the-customer” insight to Rolls-Royce and works cooperatively with the engine manufacturer on a variety of product-enhancement initiatives to benefit the end-users of the model 250 engine.
“We believe the Council provides valuable insight and support for the product and our customer base,” commented Rolls-Royce FIRST network Manager Mark Thompson. “I’m confident that Tom will successfully move the team forward over the next two years.”
The AMC Council has been under the leadership of John Loney since 2004 when the Council was created. “John’s guidance and wisdom have set a solid base for our future,” commented Roche. “I look forward to continuing his good work.”
Standard Aero, a Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) company with $1.4 billion in annual revenue, specialize in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul, and nose-to-tail services that include airframe, interior refurbishments and paint for business and general aviation, air transport, and military aircraft. The company, part of the DAE Engineering division, forms a global services network of 12 primary facilities in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Singapore and Australia, with an additional 14 regionally located service and support locations.
About DAE: DAE is a fast developing global aerospace, manufacturing and services corporation made up of six divisions – Airports, Capital, Engineering, Manufacturing, Services and University. Headquartered in Dubai, the group is growing through a series of phased developments and acquisitions to become a global player and produce an integrated aerospace cluster based Dubai World Central – the new 140 square kilometer airport and logistics city. It is forming international partnerships at the highest level of industry, with the aim of establishing one of the most innovative and successful businesses in the global aerospace industry within the next decade. DAE’s shareholders include EMAAR, ISTITHMAR, Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority (DAFZA), Dubai International Capital, DIFC Investments LLC, the Government of Dubai and AMLAK Finance.