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Erickson names Kitani new chief executive officer

September 1, 2017  By Erickson Inc.

Erickson Inc., a leading aerospace OEM and provider of global aviation services, has announced the appointment of government services veteran, Doug Kitani as chief executive officer and director effective August 31.

Kitani joins Erickson having most recently served as chief executive officer and director of IAP Worldwide Services, a global defense services company specializing in logistics, expeditionary infrastructure, facilities engineering, and power systems. His prior experience includes leading portfolio strategies and corporate development for DynCorp International, an aerospace and defense company. Kitani is known for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions and quality improvement having spent many years working in the private equity investment field and in general management at Honeywell International and General Electric.

“We are delighted to welcome Doug to the team,” Erickson chairman Jim Continenza said. “As an accomplished aerospace and defense CEO with vast government services experience, Doug brings a unique skill set to Erickson and we feel confident he will be able to leverage Erickson’s unique capabilities into new markets while continuing to support and grow our existing relationships.”

“Erickson is a global market leader in aircraft manufacturing, MRO and air operations, and I am excited to be a part of building the business and expanding our market position in the days ahead,” Kitani said.

Kitani earned his MBA in finance and strategy from Emory University and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot (qualified in the UH-1, OH-58, and UH-60 while completing 11 years of active and reserve duty), is a member of AOPA and is a supporter of the Green Beret Foundation.


Acting president and CEO, Andrew Mills will continue to serve in an executive role at Erickson. Continenza said. “The board and I thank Andy for his leadership and guidance through this transition and know he will continue to be a valuable member of our team.”


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