Aircraft Cabin Management

Richard Bower appointed chief commercial officer for AVIC Cabin Systems

Richard Bower, AIM Altitude

CEO of AIM Altitude, Richard Bower, has been appointed chief commercial officer for AVIC Cabin Systems.

AVIC Cabin Systems, which is headquartered in London, unites AIM Altitude, Thompson Aero Seating, Chinese companies Fesher Aviation Components Company and Jiatai Aircraft Equipment Company, as well as Austria-based FACC.

AIM Altitude became part of AVIC Cabin Systems in July 2018 after being acquired by AVIC International in 2016. With a number of UK executive leadership changes currently across the group, Andres Budo has been appointed senior vice president, aftersales and services for AVIC Cabin Systems, having previously been CEO of Thompson Aero Seating.

Strengthening market position

All operational aspects of both AIM Altitude and Thompson Aero Seating will be managed by newly created positions of vice president & general manager responsible for supply chain, quality, operations, programme management & engineering in each business.

Wayne Ball has been appointed as VP & general manager for AIM Altitude and Neil Taggart has been appointed VP & general manager for Thompson Aero Seating, both having previously served as COOs for their respective companies.

Richard Bower said: “I am delighted to have been appointed chief commercial officer for AVIC Cabin Systems. The companies under the AVIC Cabin Systems alliance have been working closely together for some time, integrating skills and strengthening our position in the market.”

“In my new position, I will be able to continue to enhance this working relationship and deliver value to our customers. Wayne Ball is an excellent choice for vice president & general manager of AIM Altitude and I have great confidence that his will prove to be an extremely successful appointment.”

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