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Bell Helicopter adds new managing director in China

November 14, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 14, 2012, Zhuhai, China - Bell Helicopter has announced the addition of Chris Jaran as managing director in China.

In this role, Jaran is responsible for all marketing and sales activities within China as Bell Helicopter continues to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region. He brings more than 30 years of total aviation industry experience in both engineering and commercial products. Jaran is very familiar with the Chinese aerospace industry, having worked in management positions within China coordinating both domestically and with international partners for several major programs.

“I am thrilled to have Chris bring his experience and track record of success to Bell Helicopter,” said Danny Maldonado, Bell Helicopter’s executive vice president of Sales and Marketing. “He has an intimate knowledge of not only what it takes to deliver what customers in China are looking for, but also knows how to expand and build the partnerships necessary for long-term success. We have been focused on bringing the top talent in the aerospace industry to meet the needs of our growing customer base and Chris will be a big part of our future success.”   

Jaran has held a variety of positions with increasing levels of responsibility across the industry. His broad range of experience includes roles ranging from senior engineer to chief operations officer for a large helicopter manufacturer. His diverse professional background incorporates the fields of engineering, business development, operations management and marketing. Jaran earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering as well as completed course work for a doctorate degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

An active member of nonprofit aviation organizations, Jaran has served as President of the China Chapter of the American Helicopter Society International (AHS) and as a board member of the China affiliate of Helicopter Association International (HAI). He also served on various committees for the Federal Aviation Administration, The American Helicopter Society and the Helicopter Association International.



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