Heli-One Appoints new Head of Growth and Strategy

United States, August 24, 2023 – Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance and support services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Smith as its new Head of Growth and Strategy. Colin will be responsible for development and execution of the Heli-One business strategy to cohesively bring our products to market, support our customers and strategically position us to grow the business.

Colin has over 30 years of aerospace and defense experience, including time as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot, test pilot and maintenance officer. Following his military career, Colin worked for Bell Helicopter and Hendsoldt Inc., leading Business Development and Program Management.

Miguel Carrasco, President, Heli-One, commented: “Colin joins us at an exciting time as we continue to execute on our growth strategy. The $42 billion maintenance services and MRO helicopter market is expanding and demand for support services is growing rapidly.  Colin’s wealth of industry, aviation, and military experience will be invaluable as we respond to increased demand and work closely with our customers to support their continued success. We are delighted to welcome Colin onboard.”

Colin Smith commented: “I am delighted to take up this opportunity at Heli-One to lead the execution of our growth strategy. My focus will be on anticipating the market and responding to the customer requirements with innovative maintenance solutions that will optimize their aircraft availability and mission performance. Our team’s deep maintenance and industry expertise across a diverse array of helicopters means we possess the essential technical skills and leadership to provide first-class maintenance and support services worldwide. I am excited to be on the Heli-One team and work closely with our customers to meet their evolving needs.”

Colin’s education include a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Most recently, Colin gained his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School Of Business.

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About Heli-One

Heli-One is a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance and support services offering a complete service to support mission readiness and maximise availability. Including, Airframe maintenance; engine and component repair and overhaul; in-service support; parts supply; and more. 

Heli-One is a wholly owned subsidiary of CHC Helicopter, one of the world’s safest and most experienced global helicopter operators.

Heli-One has operations in Richmond, Canada; Delta, Canada; Stavanger, Norway; and Rzeszow, Poland.

Heli-One supports helicopters from, and has a long-standing relationship with, an extensive range of original equipment manufacturers, including Bell, Leonardo, Safran, Airbus, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney and General Electric. 

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