CommutAir brings in new execs as Embraer fleet grows

CommutAir has appointed three new executives to its maintenance and technical operations organisation following an agreement with United Express which will see it introduce 40 more Embraer 145 aircraft, tripling CommutAir’s fleet size.
Robert Degrie is joining the company as director of technical services. He will be responsible for the fleet engineering, production planning, materials, and maintenance technology functions. DeGrie’s most recent role was as director of engineering for Silver Airways. He has also held positions at Avantair, Republic, Continental, Midway and Triad.
The role of director of maintenance will be occupied by Lon Ziegler, who will oversee all production functions and have responsibility for in-house and 3rd party station and base maintenance operations. He will also be nominated as CommutAir's director of maintenance (DOM) under 14 CFR part 119 regulations. Ziegler joins CommutAir from Expressjet Airlines, where he was director of maintenance.
Finally, Ron Cruz is taking on the role of manager of Dulles (IAD), CommutAir's largest aircraft base. He previously worked for Flightcheck Commercial Aviation Services where he established and ran its successful Dulles operation. Cruz has also worked for Airbus, Vision, Mesa Air, Gemini, Colgan, Independence, Swissport, Atlantic Coast, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the Norfolk Naval Air Station.
Robert DeGrie and Lon Ziegler will report to CommutAir's VP maintenance, James W Page. Ron Cruz will report to Lon Ziegler.
“I am proud that we were able to attract operations executives of the calibre of Robert, Lon and Ron to CommutAir, and I am grateful for their confidence in our team and our growth story,” commented Subodh Karnik, CommutAir’s president and CEO. “And I am glad that, like most of us at CommutAir, they see the thrill in helping transform our platform to support our huge Embraer jet growth plan.”

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