Milestone Aviation Group Limited, a GE Capital Aviation Services company and a leader in helicopter leasing, announced June 12 new appointments to its executive team.
Jeremy Akel, formerly senior vice president and chief operations officer for Bristow Group, has been named executive vice president, commercial, effective July 2, 2018. Akel will relocate to Dublin, Ireland, in the fall of 2018.
Milestone also announced that Lauren Norelli, formerly senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, has been promoted to chief operating officer. In her new role, Norelli will be responsible for leading the company’s finance, leasing operations, technical operations and fleet management functions. She has been with Milestone for more than five years and will continue to be based in the United States.
“We are excited to recruit Jeremy to lead Milestone’s industry-leading commercial team,” said Daniel Rosenthal, Milestone’s president and CEO. “He brings extensive helicopter industry knowledge as well as the unique perspective of our customers. As a former operator who has worked in every corner of the world, he knows firsthand what operators need from a leasing partner, and his leadership will be instrumental to guiding our global customer relationships.”
Rosenthal continued, “Likewise, we are thrilled to announce Lauren’s promotion to this operations leadership role. She brings vast expertise and a broad perspective into our operations functions, paving the way for our continued success as we manage and grow our helicopter fleet that now exceeds $5 billion. Lauren’s collaborative and strategic leadership style will help Milestone continue to drive industry change and greater efficiency.”
“Milestone has played an outsized role in shaping the helicopter industry since it introduced global operating leasing to the rotary asset class in 2010,” said Akel. “I am looking forward to contributing to this world-class team and supporting our company’s leadership and success as we enter the industry’s next chapter.”