Aerion appoints Ernie Edwards as CCO
Ernie Edwards has been appointed senior vice president and chief commercial officer at Aerion.
He has responsibility for all sales related activity to the company’s Mach 1.5 AS2 supersonic business jet and will report to Doug Nichols, CEO of Aerion.
Edwards retired as president of Embraer Executive Jets at the end of 2013.
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Doug Nichols said: “Ernie is known and respected throughout the business jet community around the globe. He understands our customer base, which, of course, encompasses the absolute elite users of business aircraft. His contribution to Aerion will be invaluable.”
“From his days at Embraer, and even earlier, Ernie has been a pioneer and a very successful one at that,” added Brain Barents, co-chairman of Aerion. “We will benefit greatly from his vast experience and talents.”
Most recently, Edwards has been a non-executive chairman of Veling Tayara Limited, a Dubai based company that provided structured finance for business jets.
“Aerion is taking dramatic steps forward as it expands relationships within the industry and adds to its exceptionally talented team,” commented chairman Robert M. Bass. “The appointment of Ernie Edwards provides astute and tremendously capable leadership on the sales side that will substantially increase program momentum.”
“The most rewarding time in my career have been those when I had the chance to run with a new idea, and remake the industry,” said Edwards. “Aerion will do more than that, it will simply revolutionise the way the world travels. I could not ask for a more exciting opportunity.”