AAR Names Don Wetekam President, AAR Aircraft Services -- Oklahoma
WOOD DALE, Ill., /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AAR CORP. (NYSE: AIR) announced today that Donald J. Wetekam has been named President of AAR Aircraft Services -- Oklahoma. Wetekam, who previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics with the U.S. Air Force, will lead operations at AAR's 300,000-square-foot, full-service maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility at Will Rogers World Airport, as well as AAR's Hot Springs, Arkansas and Roswell, New Mexico MRO facilities.
"Don's extensive experience with MRO operations, private/public partnerships and his proven leadership ability make him uniquely qualified to head up these businesses," said Timothy J. Romenesko, President and Chief Operating Officer of AAR. "Don is an excellent addition to our team and brings a deep understanding of process and efficiency improvements that should serve us well as we build upon the success of our MRO operations."
Wetekam directed operations at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and played key leadership roles at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Installations and Logistics he was a staunch advocate for the adoption of commercial process improvement techniques, such as Lean and Six Sigma, within the U.S. Air Force.
With locations in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Indianapolis, Indiana; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Roswell, New Mexico, AAR Aircraft Services provides major maintenance inspections, line maintenance, aircraft modifications and upgrades to the world's major, regional and cargo airline fleets, and for the U.S military and government agencies. Additional capabilities include avionic service and installations; structural repair; exterior and interior refurbishment; aircraft storage and teardown as well as complete engineering services and support.
AAR is a leading provider of products and value-added services to the worldwide aerospace and defense industry. With facilities and sales locations around the world, AAR uses its close-to-the-customer business model to serve aviation and defense customers through four operating segments: Aviation Supply Chain; Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul; Structures & Systems and Aircraft Sales & Leasing. More information can be found at http://www.aarcorp.com.
This press release contains certain statements relating to future results, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on beliefs of Company management, as well as assumptions and estimates based on information currently available to the Company, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical results or those anticipated, including those factors discussed under Item 1A, entitled "Risk Factors", included in the Company's May 31, 2007 Form 10-K. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize adversely, or should underlying assumptions or estimates prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described. These events and uncertainties are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many are beyond the Company's control. The Company assumes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions that may be made to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements or to reflect the occurrence of anticipated or unanticipated events. For additional information, see the comments included in AAR's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Director of Corporate Communications of AAR CORP.
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