Columbia Helicopters has announced that former CHC President David Balevic has been appointed President and CEO, effective immediately. Balevic will succeed Michael Tremlett, who is departing the company to pursue other opportunities.

Balevic brings more than 35 years of leadership experience across the aviation industry to Columbia. He previously spent eight years at CHC Helicopter, where he served as the Senior Vice President for Engineering and Operations before being promoted to President and CEO in August 2019. During his tenure, Balevic oversaw all aspects of the business, including aircraft flight operations, supply chain, and global MRO services. Additionally, Balevic has over two decades of experience at GE in its Aircraft Engine, Power, and Oil and Gas business units.

“On behalf of the board, we are excited to welcome David to Columbia Helicopters and look forward to working with him as we drive continued growth across our three core businesses: Global Aerial Operations, MRO, and Aircraft Solutions,” said Kirk Konert, Member of the Columbia Helicopters Board. “Dave has the ideal combination of aviation experience and leadership expertise needed to lead the Company to its next phase of growth.”

“It is an honour to be given the opportunity to lead Columbia Helicopters and to continue to build upon its longstanding reputation for safety, quality, and customer satisfaction,” added Balevic. “Given aviation industry tailwinds and our strategic advantages, the future for the organisation looks bright, and I am eager to get started working with the outstanding team we have in place.”

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