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Fessenden steps aside after years of CHC service
Karl Fessenden has achieved much during his time as president and CEO of CHC Group. He has accepted a new role outside of the oil and gas industry, and 26-year CHC veteran Dave Balevic is now interim CEO.
Dave Balevic will take on the role of interim CHC CEO while the company searches for a permanent successor to Karl Fessenden.

CHC Group's president and CEO Karl Fessenden has resigned to accept an opportunity outside of the oil and gas industry effective August 2. Dave Balevic, senior vice president of engineering and operations, will assume the role of interim CEO. The board has started seeking Fessenden's successor.

“This was a difficult decision that I reached after much reflection. It has been a privilege working shoulder-to-shoulder with the best team in the business. I am proud of all we have accomplished together. I want to thank the team and the board of managers for its support,” Fessenden comments. “CHC is in a strong position both financially and competitively in the marketplace, and the course to a bright future is set by continuing to execute our strategy.”

Chairman of the CHC board of managers John Gremp adds: “On behalf of the board, we thank Karl for his service and many accomplishments during his tenure as CEO. We will always be grateful for his leadership at a critical juncture in our history. We have made great strategic and operational progress under his leadership. We wish Karl and his family the very best.

“Karl has assembled a talented and highly capable leadership team, and we are fortunate to have Dave step in as interim CEO. He has the board's full confidence and will ensure continuity while we conduct a thorough search for a permanent replacement.”

Balevic was appointed senior vice president, engineering and operations in May 2015, coming to CHC with 26 years of progressive leadership experience at General Electric. During his time at GE, he held roles in aviation, power generation and oil and gas.

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