AAR Appoints New Leadership Team for Airlift

December 22, 2016
AAR today appointed Donald J. Wetekam to serve as Chairman of AAR Airlift and Jeffrey Wehrenberg to serve as Interim President of AAR Airlift.  Both will report to John M. Holmes.  Former Airlift President Steven B. Harrison will be leaving AAR Airlift to pursue other interests. 
Don joined AAR in 2007 and currently serves as Vice President of Government and Defense Business Development, Aviation Services. Prior to joining AAR, Wetekam served 34 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant General after his final assignment as Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics in Washington, D.C. 
Jeff has served as Chief Operating Officer of Airlift since 2012.   Prior to joining AAR, he gained extensive management experience with multiple airlines serving the domestic commuter market, US DOD, and allied forces worldwide, including his role as COO, North American Airlines, which operated on behalf of the U.S. Transportation Command. 
As planned, Brooks L. Bash will serve as Program Director for the Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS) Program contract within the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Office of Aviation (INL/A), recently awarded to Airlift by the U.S. Department of State.  He will report to John. Brooks joined AAR in 2015 after a 34-year career with the U.S. Air Force, most recently serving as Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, and retired as a three-star general. 
 "We have assembled a very strong team to lead Airlift.  Having led Aviation Services through a period of strong growth, John will be applying his successful approach as he takes on the additional oversight of Airlift.  Don’s stature and tenure in the DoD make him highly qualified to assess the government’s aviation needs and how AAR can best serve them, and Jeff’s operational experience will insure that everything is well executed,” said David P. Storch, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AAR. “We are also grateful to Steve for his service to the Company and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”



About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems operations. Additional information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.

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