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CHC appointments support global growth plans
With an eye to future profitability and sustainability, CHC has made a series of internal promotions that leverage the strong in-house knowledge of its new leaders.

Canada-based helicopter services and MRO provider CHC Group has named David Balevic as its president and chief executive officer. He is also appointed as a member of the board of managers. Balevic assumed the role of interim CEO following Karl Fessenden's resignation in July 2019.

Imran Hayat has been appointed executive vice president, general counsel and chief strategy officer, and will be second in command at CHC. In his expanded role, Hayat will lead the development of CHC's corporate strategy and focus on increasing shareholder value. He will also be responsible globally for all aspects of legal, including compliance, risk and insurance, as well as fleet strategy, human resources and communications.

Chairman of CHC board of managers John Gremp says: “Dave and Imran have a keen understanding of our customers, operations, suppliers and the industry dynamics. They are clearly the right leaders to guide CHC forward in this new era. Because the board places a strong emphasis on succession planning, both Dave and Imran were well-prepared to step into these critical leadership roles. The board of managers is confident they will enable us to accelerate the company's transformation and drive a profitable, sustainable business model.”

Balevic joined CHC as senior vice president, engineering and operations in May 2015, bringing 26 years of progressive engineering and leadership experience at General Electric where he held roles in aviation, power generation and oil and gas. He holds a master's degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson university.

Hayat joined CHC in July 2015 and was appointed general counsel and chief administrative officer in February 2018. He has more than 17 years' experience counselling some of the world's largest companies in litigation and complex international legal matters and transactions. He has a bachelor's degree in economics and diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College, and a juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Joining them in a senior role is Miguel Carrasco, who has been promoted to the role of senior vice president, operations and supply chain. Carrasco will oversee maintenance, supply chain, flight operations and other key operational functions across the company and advance the strategy behind CHC's global processes and standards.

“Miguel is a strong addition to our leadership and has already played a major role in how we have improved our ability to serve our customers in a number of areas,” says Balevic. “His focus on improving our organisation has been invaluable as he led our efforts to streamline and reimagine our approach to maintenance, procurement and supply chain while collaborating with our teams and suppliers. I am confident he will play a major role in propelling our business towards profitability and sustainability.”

Carrasco joined CHC in 2016 as vice president, maintenance and supply chain and brought 25 years of leadership experience in procurement, supply chain and technical operations. Previously he worked for a range of complex and industry leading companies, including head of global strategic sourcing and business Intelligence at Conoco Phillips and managing director of technical procurement at American Airlines. He has a bachelor's degree in finance and an MBA in finance and supply chain from Arizona State university.

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