Stan Wilson named as president of Columbia Helicopters

Stan WilsonColumbia Helicopters has named Stan Wilson as president. Mike Fahey will continue as chief executive officer.

“Our company’s current global economic outlook has finally offered us the opportunity to implement some changes we have been planning for some time,” said Mike Fahey, CEO. “As we see significant new opportunities for global growth as an organization, we determined the timing is right to align our leadership team for the future growth of Columbia Helicopters. The first step in this transition process was to promote Stan to President, where he will transition over to managing the organisation.”

Columbia Helicopters operate large heavy-lift helicopters which are used on a number of missions, including forestry, oil & gas, firefighting, construction and disaster relief.

Fahey will be spending more time on strategic partnerships, new clients and exploring growth opportunities, whilst Wilson will concentrate on the day to day running of the company.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Stan,” said Nancy Lematta, board chair. “He is a true success story and exemplifies the values of the company we’ve worked so diligently together to build. I am confident that his promotion will allow the company to continue to take advantage of our strategic growth opportunities.”

Wilson joined Columbia Helicopters in 1986, and for the past thirteen years held the office of vice president of finance.

Fahey was hired as Columbia Helicopters’ first director of finance in 1975, more recently he assumed the duties as CEO in 2012.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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