CAE announced today at the World Aviation Training Conference & Tradeshow - WATS 2010- the appointement of new management for its CAE Global Academy and Pilot Provisioning business. The company also announced a new Chief Learning Officer - Civil Aviation position.
Walter Visser was named Vice President, CAE Global Academy. He will be responsible for management of CAE's global network of flight training organizations (FTOs), the largest network of ab-initio schools in the world. He will also be accountable for leading CAE's growth strategy for its Pilot Provisioning service, including Multi-crew Pilot License (MPL) programs.
Kris Van Den Bergh, who previously led the CAE Global Academy, was appointed Chief Learning Officer - Civil Aviation. He will be responsible for defining CAE's training vision and training standards worldwide.
Visser was most recently Regional Vice President for the Middle East and India, including managing director of Emirates-CAE Flight Training in Dubai. He has more than 30 years of experience in the military and civil aviation training industry, and has been in the CAE organization for the past two decades. Visser previously served as Regional Vice President, Emerging Markets and before that as a Regional Vice President, Europe & Middle East. He has held a number of senior roles at CAE in the military and civil sectors and was instrumental in developing the framework for the CAE Global Academy FTO network.
Van Den Bergh began his aviation career as a pilot for Sabena. He later transitioned into the airline's training department as a simulator instructor, and then served as Assistant Training Manager and Crew Planning & Economics Manager. In 2002, Van Den Bergh joined Airbus Industries and was responsible for developing the flight crew training program for the A380. In 2004 he acquired a major equity position in Sabena Flight Academy (SFA) and became its Chief Operations Officer. Van Den Bergh joined the CAE leadership team when the company acquired SFA in 2008
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies and integrated training solutions for the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. With annual revenues exceeding C$1.6 billion, CAE employs more than 7,000 people at more than 90 sites and training locations in 20 countries. We have the largest installed base of civil and military full-flight simulators and training devices. Through our global network of 29 civil aviation and military training centres, we train more than 75,000 crewmembers yearly. We also offer modelling and simulation software to various market segments and, through CAE's professional services division, we assist customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs. www.cae.com
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Nathalie Bourque, Vice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications,
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