US MRO specialist West Star Aviation has appointed Chad Farischon as its new vice president of strategic development. Farischon will drive strategic growth opportunities through merger and acquisitions, integration and business optimisation.
He has a diverse background in aviation and brings more than 30 years of expertise in operations and management skills.
Farischon comes from Lynx FBO Network, which he co-founded and where he held the position of president and partner. From 2016 to 2021 he built the network up, resulting in nine locations and industry leading results. Prior to that, he served for six years as the regional vice president with Landmark Aviation.
Farischon earned his BSc in aviation management from Southern Illinois University. He currently holds a private pilot license and is a member of the NBAA, American Association of Airport Executives and NATA, where he holds the position of airport business committee chair.
“As West Star continues to grow, we are looking for more ways to bring greater value to our customers,” says CEO Jim Rankin. “Chad brings a wealth of industry knowledge, and we look forward to him leveraging our existing momentum along with his industry resources to further build the company. We're excited to have him a part of our team.”
“I am excited to join the team at West Star and to continue to build on their service capabilities and facilities to key contracts and strategic growth initiatives," adds Farischon. "West Star is well-positioned for continued success, and I am excited to be part of this industry-leading management team.”
Sean Fields is the new material control manager at West Star's St Louis Regional airport facility in Illinois, where he will be responsible for material control and purchasing. Fields was previously with Boeing Company for 22 years, with roles as supply chain and operations manager. Earlier in his career he had some experience flying aircraft and helicopters.
“Sean's vast knowledge adds to West Star's expertise, which provides our customers the best service possible,” says director of material control David Driscoll.
Fields adds: “I look forward to joining the team and delivering the highest quality aircraft while exceeding the expectations of our customers.”