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SITA Group. Ms. Dalibard joins SITA from
SNCF (the French National Railway Company),
a Fortune 500 company, where she served as
CEO of SNCF Voyageurs; which manages all
passenger traffic, long distance and commuter
services; and is a member of the French rail
operator’s Management Committee. Prior to
joining SNCF in 2010, she spent seven years
with Orange Business Services, five as CEO and
President, Equant. She spent the majority of
her career at France Telecom where she held a
variety of senior management positions and was
responsible for creating new Internet and mobile
service offerings. Later, she became head of the
company’s enterprise offering, first for France
and then internationally. A French national, she
holds a Master of Science and Engineering from
Telecom ParisTech, and a Master of Mathematics
from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, both based
in France. She was also awarded an honorary
doctorate by the Ecole Polytechnique and the
University of Montreal. Dr. Omar Jefri, Chair of
the SITA Board and Executive Vice President
Corporate Management & Regulations at Saudi
Arabian Airlines said: “Barbara Dalibard has the
ideal combination of executive management
experience and leadership to strengthen the
role of SITA in the air transport community
and we are looking forward to working with
her. She joins SITA, who is well positioned
for the future, after the strong leadership of
Francesco Violante who over the past decade
has dramatically transformed the organization
merging previously separate entities into a
single company that delivers award winning
IT solutions to the industry, touching every
aspect of the travel journey. On behalf of the
SITA Board, I would like to thank Francesco
for his dedication and for his vast contribution
to the industry. The Board looks forward to his
continued strong leadership until Ms. Dalibard
joins SITA in July.”
Duncan Welcomes New Gulfstream/
Embraer Airframe Service Rep
Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce that
Austin Chambers has accepted the position
of Gulfstream/Embraer Airframe Service Sales
Representative in Battle Creek, Michigan, where
he will provide technical sales for airframe
service projects. Chambers is taking over for
Brian Andrews, who was recently promoted to
Interior Shop Manager.
Chambers began his career at Duncan Aviation
in 2010 as a Customer Account Rep in Lincoln,
Nebraska, and he transitioned to a Business
Development Specialist for the Parts and
Rotables Sales Team in 2012. “Austin’s energy,
enthusiasm and commitment to providing
excellent customer service make him an asset
to the sales team as he helps customers find
the right services and solutions for their
PEMCO’s USF Team Wins Intensive Engineering
PEMCO World Air Services (PEMCO), announced its University of South Florida (USF)
student team won the third annual USF Industry Consortium for Industrial and Management
Systems Engineering (icIMSE). The USF icIMSE program partners with Tampa Bay area
companies to offer opportunities for experiential learning through problem solving by teams
comprised of both undergraduate and graduate engineering students.
A total of six student teams participated in semester-long projects, partnering with companies
that included PEMCO, Raytheon, BayCare, TECO, Johnson Controls, and NDH Medical. The
award winning PEMCO team consisted of five engineering students, two undergraduate and
three graduate, managed by Ben Macre, PEMCO’s director of Lean & IT and Ryan Haines,
industrial engineer.
“We were excited for the opportunity to participate in this year’s Consortium,” said Macre.
“It was a win-win for students and company partners. The project provided the hands-on
experience students are looking for while also giving our company additional resources and
an outside perspective.”
Haines added, “It was a great opportunity to work with USF and have students work with
our team to better the PEMCO organization by applying the concepts of Lean they’ve learned
during their studies.”
The PEMCO project focused on rapid improvement workflow, which coincides with
the company’s Lean initiatives. Students were charged with finding ways to reduce supervisor’s
administrative time to streamline the company’s MRO activities.
The team of students gathered 65 hours of data to prepare for the event and worked
10-hour days, sacrificing their Spring break. They shadowed supervisors, analyzed data
to see where time was being spent, and were able to reach multiple solutions to reduce
administrative tasks. After spending a combined 300 hours on the project, the team was able
to reduce supervisor’s administrative time by 33 percent.
“PEMCO was an amazing experience that helped me fine-tune my leadership skills by
working with a diverse team to accomplish many tasks in a short period of time,” Brandon
Rist, USF industrial engineering major and team leader said. Rist says he plans to pursue an
engineering management degree once he receives his bachelor’s degree and gets a job.
On April 22, all student teams presented the culmination of their intensive semester-long
project work at the third annual USF icIMSE. Projects were scored on quality of presentation,
quality of work, and positive impact to the company. The winners were awarded with a plaque,
small cash prize and bragging rights.
“We’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work with the University of South Florida, its faculty, and
students, and hope to create more interest in the aviation industry for engineering students,”
said PEMCO CEO Pastor Lopez. “We strongly believe our Lean strategy is a pillar in PEMCO’s
mission to become a world class MRO.”
Pictured above (from left to right): Brandon Rist - Industrial Engineering, Ben Macre

  • PEMCO Director of Lean & IT, Awaab Munir - Mechanical Engineering, Luisa Accioly -
    Industrial Engineering, Zarif - Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Prejith Jayakumar –
    Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Ryan Haines - PEMCO Industrial Engineer, Kingsley
    A. Reeves, Jr. Ph.D. - USF icISME Director.

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