BAC appoints Ryan Both as new EGM Aviation; Pratt & Whitney names chief sustainability officer

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Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) announced it has named Ryan Both as its new Executive General Manager Aviation. Both will start work at BAC on 01 February 2022, replacing Jim Parashos who is leaving after five years with Brisbane Airport.

Ryan Both.

Gert-Jan de Graaff, BAC Chief Executive Officer, welcomed the new appointment which followed an extensive search and strong interest from a large selection of quality candidates. “Ryan is a highly experience aviation executive who has held senior positions with high profile companies including Virgin Australia, Melbourne Airport, and Cobham Aviation Services where he was CEO, and most recently, working in zero-emission aviation as the Asia Pacific Region Lead with Eve Urban Air Mobility, an Embraer spin-off company. He brings a broad background of experience to the role including aviation development and forecasting, leveraging real-time data and artificial intelligence (AI), as well as general management of airline, fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) and air freight operations, which makes him a welcome addition to our strong and experienced management team,” de Graaff said.

“I would also like to acknowledge the great work and contribution that Jim Parashos has made at BAC over the past five years. Jim was instrumental in Brisbane Airport securing new and increased services from Asia with key international airline partners, establishing new routes with Qantas to San Francisco and Chicago, setting up Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Economic Development Agencies’ representation offices in the North America and ASEAN markets, and creating a more collaborative and strategic approach to aviation forward planning with key partners. Jim will be greatly missed, and we offer our warmest wishes as he embarks on many new adventures,” de Graaff said.

Pratt & Whitney names chief sustainability officer

Pratt & Whitney announced Graham Webb has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Sustainability Officer.

Graham Webb.

In this newly created role, Webb will coordinate the execution of Pratt & Whitney’s sustainable propulsion technology roadmap and strategy, focused on securing funding from government and industry partners, communicating Pratt & Whitney’s sustainability capabilities and achievements to key constituencies. “Pratt & Whitney has been dedicated to powering sustainable aviation for decades, from running hydrogen-fuelled turbine engines in the 1950s and testing and certifying our engines to run on sustainable aviation fuel in 2006, to the launch of the Geared Turbofan engine, to the recent announcement of our hybrid-electric propulsion demonstrator,” said Pratt & Whitney President Chris Calio. “Graham is highly respected throughout our industry and has deep knowledge of the technologies that will enable continued innovation in sustainable propulsion.”

Most recently, Webb led the Geared Turbofan engine business program for the Airbus A220 and Embraer E-Jet E2 aircraft and previously served as chief engineer during the development of Pratt & Whitney’s Geared Turbofan engines. “The technologies for sustainable propulsion solutions we develop today will fly well into the future, so we have to set our course with precision,” said Webb. “Continuing the company’s legacy of applying the latest technologies and fuels to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment—with the safety record we’ve established over decades—is the central tenet of our sustainability strategy.”

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