ABOUT Executive Staff
Udo Rieder, President and Chief Executive Officer
Prior to joining Erickson, Mr. Rieder was Vice President Parts Logistics and Services for Bombardier Aerospace, located in Montreal, Canada.
Mr. Rieder's background includes over 21 years of aerospace experience including Vice President Engineering and Planning, and Vice President Purchasing at Delta Air Lines, in addition to other engineering experience with Bell Helicopter Textron and American Airlines. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A& M University and executive training courses at Emory University in Atlanta and Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania.
He has served as the Chairman of the Engineering, Maintenance and Materiel Council of the Air Transport Association and as the Chairman of the e-Business Committee for the same organization. In 2004, the Association honored him with the prestigious Nuts 'n Bolts award. This honor is given in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the airline industry over an extended period; and for succeeding in improving the system or component processes related to airline engineering, maintenance or material management.
Charles Ryan, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ryan has almost 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry. Prior to joining Erickson he was Chief Financial Officer for Latham Manufacturing Corp., located in Albany, NY. Prior to Latham, he served as Chief Financial Officer for SSG Precision Optronics, Inc., located in Wilmington, Ma.
Mr. Ryan has also served as Vice President of Finance for BE Aerospace; Vice President of Finance for General Electric subsidiaries and various other financial roles with Textron (later becoming part of Allied Signal); Howmet; and Olin Corporation.
Mr. Ryan is a CPA licensed in Massachusetts and is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Quinnipiac University and an MBA from University of New Haven.
H. E. "Mac" McClaren, Vice President Aerial Services
Prior to joining Erickson, Mr. McClaren was Vice President and Program Manager for the V-22 Osprey Programs at Bell Helicopter, located in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. McClaren comes to Erickson with over 3 decades of experience in rotorcraft. He has served over 25 years in the United States Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot logging over 4,500 hours in 14 different type aircraft. He has held numerous operational and acquisition billets including the Head, Expeditionary Aviation Working Group, Commanding Officer, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Operations Officer, 1st Marine Division, and Program Development Officer for the Marine Corps (Prince of the POM). After retiring from the Marine Corps, Mr. McClaren worked at Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. as Director, Heavy Lift Programs where he brought the US Marine Corps' Heavy Lift Replacement Program (CH-53K) through concept to Milestone B and into System Development and Demonstration (SDD). And finally at Bell Helicopter he worked as Vice President, H-1 Upgrades, VH-71 Presidential Helicopter Program, and U.S. Coast Guard Deepwater Programs and finally VP and PM for the MV-22 and CV-22 Osprey Programs.
Mr. McClaren is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, the U.S. Army War College, as well as executive training courses at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Gary Zamieroski, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Gary Zamieroski has served as our Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer since March 2012. Mr. Zamieroski has over 27 years of experience in the aerospace industry. From January 2010 through July 2011, Mr. Zamieroski served as Vice President, Marketing, Sales, and Strategy for Meggitt Safety Systems/Equipment Group. From September 2008 through December 2009, Mr. Zamieroski founded Aviation Associates International, a private consulting firm. From April 2007 through September 2008, Mr. Zamieroski was Vice President, Business Development and Strategy at HRTextron/Textron Systems. From November 2005 to November 2006, Mr. Zamieroski served as VP/Director, Marketing and Sales at MTU Maintenance in Hannover, Germany. Between February 1998 and November 2005, Mr. Zamieroski held leadership roles in Sales, Marketing, Strategy, and Service at Honeywell International. From October 1994 through February 1998, Mr. Zamieroski was Director of Sales for Airbus North America. From August 1985 through October 1994, Mr. Zamieroski held a variety of positions with GE Aircraft Engines and GE International, including postings in Australia, Indonesia, and Mexico. Mr. Zamieroski earned a Masters Degree from the School of International Service at American University, a post-graduate certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown University, and a BS in Aerospace from the School of Technology at Kent State University. In addition, he has completed MBA coursework at the College of William and Mary, Seattle Pacific University, and the University of Dayton.
Edward Rizzuti, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
joined Erickson in August 2010 and has served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary since November 2011. Prior to joining Erickson, from August 2006 to August 2010, Mr. Rizzuti worked for NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc., most recently serving as Associate General Counsel. From January 2004 to July 2006, Mr. Rizzuti served as Legal Counsel for Terex Corporation. Prior to his employment with Terex, Mr. Rizzuti worked as a lawyer with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC from September 1999 to July 2003, focusing in the area of private equity and corporate transactional work. From September 1998 to September 1999 Mr. Rizzuti worked as a lawyer with Clifford Chance LLP. Mr. Rizzuti received his JD from New York University School of Law and holds a BS in civil engineering from Rutgers University.