Bristow Group Names Chet Akiri Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate
Development, New Ventures and Strategy Officer
HOUSTON, Aug. 25, 2014
HOUSTON, Aug. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Bristow Group Inc. (NYSE: BRS), the
leading provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry,
announced today that it has appointed Chet Akiri to the position of Senior
Vice President and Chief Corporate Development, New Ventures and Strategy
Officer. As of September 2, 2014, Mr. Akiri will lead the company's corporate
development efforts, including new business incubation, venture investing
activities, identification of merger and acquisition opportunities, potential
government and joint venture development streams and long-term corporate level
strategy, financial planning and analysis.
Bristow Group's President and CEO Jonathan Baliff stated, "Chet has extensive
experience in senior management roles in successful global businesses. He has
helped them enhance their customer focus, expand their operations, and achieve
significant financial growth. He led strategic planning and M&A activities,
introduced new products and services, and built high performance teams. He has
a track record of strong leadership, innovative thinking and proven experience
transforming businesses in highly complex environments in close coordination
with government authorities. We are delighted to have him join our senior
management team to focus on our strategic business plan for external growth in
alignment with our core values."
Mr. Akiri comes to Bristow Group from General Electric (GE), which he joined
in 2001 and most recently served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Global
Nuclear Fuels America in Wilmington, North Carolina. Before becoming COO in
2013, he served as Vice President and General Manager of GE Hitachi Parts
Services, where he was accountable for sales and margin growth, portfolio
management and investment, product and service solutions, operations,
manufacturing and supply chain, and regulatory compliance. Before joining the
nuclear business in 2010, Chet served in senior management roles in GE
Aviation, Consumer and Industrial, Industrial Solutions and in Global Business
Development at GE's corporate headquarters.
Prior to this time, he held vice president and senior vice president roles in
several entrepreneurial ventures, served as an associate in Corporate Finance
with Goldman Sachs & Co., and was a management consultant with Corporate
Decisions, which was acquired by Mercer Management Consulting. He received his
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Brown University and
his Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
About Bristow Group
Bristow Group Inc. is the leading provider of helicopter services to the
worldwide offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated
and one of two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry
with global operations. The Company has major transportation operations in the
North Sea, Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major
offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia,
Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad. For more information, visit the Company's
website at www.bristowgroup.com.
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SOURCE Bristow Group Inc.
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