Northstar Aerospace, Inc. names new Chief Executive Officer


    CHICAGO, March 17 /CNW/ - The Board of Directors of Northstar Aerospace,
Inc. has appointed Glenn E. Hess as the company's President and Chief
Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2008.
    Mr. Hess has an extensive background in the global aerospace industry. He
joins Northstar from Alabama Aircraft Industries, Inc., (AAII) where he was
President, AAII - Birmingham (formerly Pemco Aeroplex), a business focused on
maintenance, repair and overhaul of military and other aircraft.
    Previously, Mr. Hess was President and Chief Operating Officer, Bell
Helicopter Textron with responsibility for the company's manufacturing
facilities in Fort Worth and Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Quebec.
    Mr. Hess was also Vice President and General Manager, Maintenance and
Modification Business Unit, The Boeing Company, with responsibility for
military aircraft operations in San Antonio, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas.
    Before joining The Boeing Company in 1997, Mr. Hess held a series of
senior manufacturing and program management positions at McDonnell Aircraft
Company. He joined McDonnell Aircraft from the U.S. Navy where he received an
honorable discharge as an active duty naval aviator.
    Mr. Hess earned a Masters, Business Administration degree from Washington
University, a Master of Science (Aerospace Systems Engineering) from the
University of West Florida and a Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering)
from Northwestern University.
    He will be located at Northstar's corporate office in Chicago, Illinois.

    "Glenn's extensive experience in the aerospace sector, specifically
    in the manufacture and maintenance, repair and overhaul of rotary
    wing aircraft, is an excellent fit for Northstar. Our focus is
    converting record backlog into shipments with a goal of continuously
    improving customer satisfaction," said Donald Jackson, Executive
    Chairman, Northstar Aerospace, Inc.

    Northstar Aerospace, Inc. ( is North America's leading
independent manufacturer of flight critical gears and transmissions. Northstar
Aerospace is a public company (TSX:NAS) with operating subsidiaries in the
United States and Canada. Its principal products include helicopter gears and
transmissions, accessory gearbox assemblies, rotorcraft drive systems and
other machined and fabricated parts. It also provides maintenance, repair and
overhaul of helicopter engines and transmissions. The Company's executive
offices are located in Chicago, Illinois. Its plants are located in Chicago,
Illinois; Phoenix, Arizona; Stroud, Oklahoma; Anderson, Indiana; and Milton
and Windsor, Ontario.

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