Canada-headquartered MRO and completions business Flying Colours Corp (FCC) has appointed Paul Dunford to the newly created role of managing director, international operations and named Andrew Pearce as its first ever European sales manager. The new positions reflect the company's commitment to strengthening its international presence and support its appetite for global expansion.
Dunford joined FCC in 2014 as general manager, Asia where he was responsible for launching the company's Singapore operation. Now his key focus will be developing new international operations and overseeing the Singapore operation's continued evolution while reporting to executive vice president Eric Gillespie. Gillespie says: “The business has been in expansion phase for the past twelve months as we want to position our company from a global, rather than local, perspective. We are extremely pleased Paul is taking on the challenge of developing international business. He has done great things for our Singapore operations and I'm confident he'll continue to add value for our international customers, our team and our business in general.”
Dunford will work with newly appointed Singapore general manager Too Hin Wee, to continue developing the company's Asian presence. “This role can influence the future of Flying Colours and I'm excited by the tremendous opportunity to help take it to the next level,” says Dunford.
In his newly created role of European sales manager, Andrew Pearce represents the company's first formal European presence in its 30 year history. Pearce will be responsible for seeking out sales opportunities across Europe and more specifically identifying, developing and managing a new client network. Reporting into director of sales Kevin Kliethermes, Pearce will mirror the North American sales and marketing operations in Europe. Initial targeting will be focused on heavy inspections and refurbishment of Bombardier, Gulfstream and Dassault aircraft.
Pearce brings 35 years of international experience in the MRO, completions and aircraft sales-sector having worked with Canadian, Middle Eastern and European business aviation entities. Significantly, his experience working with the Bombardier family of aircraft for more than a decade positions him well to deliver results from the highly competitive European market.
“Europe is an important region for us but we know it takes time to establish relationships, and to truly succeed we wanted existing and future customers to have a local manager to engage with. We are excited by the possibilities and know that Andrew will add real value to the business,” said Gillespie.