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FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. announced that its board of directors has named Captain Mary I. McMillan to the new position of executive chair, effective immediately.
McMillan, who joined the FLYHT board as an independent director in 2019 and was elevated to non-executive chair in April 2023, will support president and interim CEO Kent Jacobs on the planning and implementation of FLYHT’s strategy.
“Mary has quickly become far more than an advisor and chair,” said Jacobs. “She has a deep understanding of aviation industry needs and international regulatory frameworks, and extensive relationships amassed from a 40-plus year career. This expertise has been incredibly valuable to me and the rest of the FLYHT team as we execute on our AFIRS Edge and weather strategies — two of the largest opportunities in our 25-year history. I am confident that Mary will provide even greater insights and guidance in her new role.”
McMillan is a highly respected subject matter expert in areas of aviation operations, safety and environmental issues, as well as a commercial pilot with more than 12,000 hours flight time. She is the president of Cashel Aviation, a consultancy dedicated to the development and implementation of aviation safety and environmental strategies.
She retired as the vice-president of aviation safety and operational services for Inmarsat Plc in 2018 following the successful launch of the division within the Inmarsat Aviation Business Unit.
Prior to joining Inmarsat, she led the aviation safety and environmental divisions for Washington D.C. based TetraTechAMT and CSSI Inc., respectively. She served as the independent safety advisor to the Airservices Australia Board of Directors in Canberra, Australia.
Earlier in her career, McMillan held several operational and managerial roles with United Airlines including pilot, standards captain, director of flight safety (A) and flight operations duty manager.
McMillan began flying in 1982, holds an airline transport pilot’s licence and is type rated on multiple aircraft including the DC-10, B747, B737, B757/B767 and Airbus 319/320.
“With over 100 customers globally, growing SaaS revenue, and solid beachheads in two attractive markets that leverage our new 5G capabilities, FLYHT is at an important inflection point as we work to meet the aviation industry’s need for improved efficiency, profitability and a more sustainable environment,” said McMillan. “I am excited to work even closer with Kent and the FLYHT team to deliver our actionable intelligence and weather solutions to our customers.”
This press release was prepared and distributed by FLYHT.