Francois Lassale is set to become acting CEO of HeliOffshore on May 1, 2020, succeeding Gretchen Haskins, who is taking a new position on the board of the global, safety-focused association for the offshore helicopter industry.
Lassale currently serves as HeliOffshore’s chief operating officer and is noted as a significant contributor to association since 2015. HeliOffshore explains Lassale is a leading candidate for the permanent CEO role while the board conducts its due diligence.
HeliOffshore also announced the appointment of Hank Williams and Jeremy Akel to the HeliOffshore board. “Both Hank and Jeremy have exceptional track records in the Industry and have played an active role in our joint commitment to safety through HeliOffshore for many years – Hank as chief operating officer of Cougar Helicopters, Jeremy as Group CEO of Omni Helicopters International,” said Bill Chiles, chairman, HeliOffshore. “I look forward to working even closer with them as we press forward with our important work to ensure no lives are lost in offshore flight.”
Chiles continued to describe the important role Haskins has played since HeliOffshore was founded in 2014. “While we will miss her inspired leadership in the CEO role, we are pleased to have secured her ongoing contribution as a board member,” he said. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Gretchen for her phenomenal contribution to the safety of our industry. We have been very fortunate to have chosen the best of the best for this role almost six years ago and I am so impressed with the progress that we have made under her leadership.”