CHC appoints new CEO
August 12, 2010, Vancouver - CHC Helicopter on Tuesday announced the appointment of William J. "Bill" Amelio as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
By Carey Fredericks
Amelio replaces Sylvain Allard who recently retired after a successful 25-year career with CHC that saw the company grow from a small domestic helicopter operator to a global leader in offshore oil worker transportation, helicopter maintenance and civilian search and rescue services.
"We have found the right person to take CHC Helicopter to the next level of performance," said Mark McComiskey, Managing Director of First Reserve Corporation, the private equity firm that purchased CHC Helicopter in a CDN$3.7 billion transaction in 2008. "Bill is an experienced CEO who grows businesses using his international perspective, a disciplined management approach and an ability to build and enhance a corporate culture that blends competitiveness with high standards of safety and performance."
Amelio has extensive international experience with several major corporations. Previously, Amelio was President and CEO of the Lenovo Group, the global personal computer maker, where he managed the integration of the IBM personal computer business, implemented a business transformation program and globalized the Lenovo computer brand. During his career Amelio has also led businesses in leading companies such as Dell, NCR, and AlliedSignal. He serves on the board of directors of National Semiconductor, a major designer and manufacturer of analog semiconductor devices.
"CHC's impressive reputation as a leader in its industry was an important factor in my decision to join," said Amelio. "I look forward to meeting our customers, partners and staff and the challenge of infusing my experience into a vision for CHC's future."
Amelio holds a master's degree in Management from Stanford University and a bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University. Through the Amelio Foundation, Bill and his wife Jamie founded Caring for Cambodia, a non-profit organization that aims to educate the children of Cambodia through building schools, training teachers, and providing for basic human needs.