TORONTO, May 9, 2014 /CNW/ -Discovery Air Inc. ("Discovery Air") announced today the appointment of Admiral Michael G. Mullen, USN (ret.) to its board of directors.
Admiral Mullen served as the 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (2007-2011) of the United States of America. He was the principal military advisor to President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.
He led the U.S. military during a critical period of transition, overseeing the end of the combat mission in Iraq and the development of a new military strategy for Afghanistan. He advocated for the rapid development and fielding of innovative technologies, championed emerging and enduring international partnerships, and advanced new methods for combating terrorism -- all of which directly culminated in the elimination of Usama bin Laden.
As Joint Chiefs Chairman, he spearheaded the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Admiral Mullen has deep experience in leading change in complex organizations, executive development and succession planning, diversity implementation, crisis management, strategic planning, budget policy, congressional relations, risk management, technical innovation, and cyber security. He is widely recognized as an "honest broker" in his key leadership roles as the trusted advisor to both President Bush and President Obama. He maintains strong relationships with leaders around the globe.
He and his wife, Deborah, remain staunch advocates of veterans and their families on a broad range issues including drawing public attention and institutional focus to the challenges of post-traumatic stress, combat-related brain injury, military suicide, care of the wounded and veteran homelessness.
A native of Los Angeles, Mullen graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He commanded at every level in the Navy. His final four-star command was in Europe for NATO. His fleet experience culminated in his assignment as the Navy's highest ranking officer, the 28th Chief of Naval Operations (2005-2007).
Admiral Mullen earned a Masters of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He currently also serves on the boards of directors of General Motors and Sprint.
Brian Semkowski, Chair of Discovery Air's Board of Directors, stated "We are honoured to have Admiral Mullen join the Discovery Air Board. His exceptional leadership experience and deep understanding of geopolitical and military matters will be of tremendous value to Discovery Air. We extend Admiral Mullen a very warm welcome and look forward to his contribution."
ABOUT DISCOVERY AIR AND ITS SUBSIDIARIES
Discovery Air is a Canadian specialty aviation company operating over 160 aircraft with approximately 850 team members. Its subsidiaries provide airborne training, helicopter operations, air ambulance services, airborne fire services, fixed-wing air charter services, expediting and logistics support, and a range of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification, engineering and certification services.
Discovery Air's Class A common voting shares and unsecured convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbols DA.A and DA.DB.A, respectively).
SOURCE: Discovery Air Inc.
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