May 12, 2009

Hawker Beechcraft Strengthens International Presence through Sales Team

GENEVA, Switzerland (May 12, 2009) – In a continued focus on international customers and sales, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) today announced it has strengthened its international sales team to enhance its scope and presence in global markets.

“A significant portion of our business is from international sales and we see this continuing for the foreseeable future,” said Sean McGeough, vice president, International Sales. “The restructuring of our international sales force positions us to reach important regions in the world so we can be more responsive to customers’ needs. This will allow us to gain new sales and be better positioned in the marketplace.”

The following sales team restructuring covers Russia, Japan and Southeast Asia, China and North Asia, Sub Sahara Africa, India, and Europe:

  • Patrick Dieker is now a Regional Sales Director for Beechcraft sales in Russia. Dieker was previously with Cessna where he supported the sales and administration efforts of Citation aircraft for owners/operators throughout the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Dieker is based in Wichita, Kan.
  • Pasha Selah is the new Regional Sales Director for Japan and Southeast Asia. Selah was previously a management consultant with McKinsey and Company where he focused on strategy and operations within the aerospace industry. Selah holds an ATP certificate, as well as current CFI, CFII, and MEI, and has more than 6,500 hours flight experience. He is based in the company’s office in Singapore.
  • Matthew Liu is the new Regional Sales Director for China and North Asia. Liu has more than 18 years of aviation, aerospace and defense experience. He previously worked new product development and sales to U.S. government at Integrated Defense Systems of Raytheon, Asia Marketing with Raytheon Aircraft, and engineering positions with Boeing Commercial Company. He is based in the company’s regional sales office in Beijing.
  • Chris Hancock is the Regional Sales Director for Sub Sahara Africa. Hancock was previously based in Chester, U.K. as a regional sales director for Beech piston sales where he helped re-establish HBC’s piston business in Europe. Hancock holds a commercial pilot license. He is based in the company’s office in Johannesburg.
  • Garett Jerde is a Regional Sales Director for piston sales in Europe. Jerde was previously a senior demonstration captain for Beechcraft King Air and pistons. He was instrumental in the many piston sales in Europe. Jerde holds an ATP certificate.

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is a world-leading manufacturer of business, special mission and trainer aircraft – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; Chester, England, U.K.; and Chihuahua, Mexico. The company leads the industry with a global network of more than 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit


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