Patrick de Castelbajac
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick de Castelbajac
Patrick de Castelbajac started his aeronautical career at MBDA (previously Aerospatiale Missile) before spending three years as a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie, in Paris.
In 2002 he joined the Legal Affairs Direction of Airbus, where in 2007 he became Vice-President Legal Affairs for Purchasing and Intellectual Property.
At the end of 2010, Patrick de Castelbajac joined the Commercial Direction of Airbus as Head of Contracts Negotiations.
He is French and has Irish origins. He is married and has three children.
Senior Vice President Commercial and Customer Support
Tom AndersonTom holds a Master’s degree in Transportation from Northwestern University, USA. He is a licensed pilot.
Prior to joining ATR, Tom held various executive positions at Airbus such as Head of Services and Customer Support, and Senior Vice President North America. Earlier in his career, he served as Senior Vice President for Virgin America and spent eight year at JetBlue leading airline’s aircraft programs and technical operations teams. Previously, he held various management and engineering positions at Boeing.
Tom’s vast experience at the most senior levels within both major aircraft manufacturers and airlines has enabled him to master airline strategy, aircraft negotiations and the complex dynamics of relationship management.
In May 2015, he has been appointed Senior Vice President Commercial and Customer Support of ATR.
In Charge Of
- Developing global growth strategies in ATR’s market segments, thus strengthening the company's position as the leading regional aircraft manufacturer;
- Supervising ATR’s aftermarket strategies;
- Focusing on innovative customer-oriented products and services;
- Reinforcing the consistency of commercial efforts towards the customer.
Senior Vice-President Engineering
Alessandro Amendola is graduated as Aeronautical Engineer from the Federico II University of Naples (Italy).
In 1980, he started his career in Magnaghi Aeronautica as responsible of after-sales assistance and maintenance. He then joined Aeritalia, where he stayed until 1994.
In 1994, he moved to CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Center) as Aeronautics program Director.
He transferred back to Alenia (formerly Aeritalia) where he held various managerial positions in the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) and in the Marketing & Business Development directorates, such as Head of New Projects, of Surveillance Systems and of the CleanSky programme. His last position before joining ATR was Chief Engineering of Next Generation Turboprop (NGTP).
In January 2016, he was appointed as new Senior Vice-President Engineering of ATR.
In Charge Of
- All the engineering activities related to the fields of certification and airworthiness,
- Systems and propulsion,
- Flight tests, flight technologies, support, and quality,
- Processes and methods,
- Engineering support and solutions in the definition of new aircraft developments.
Senior Vice-President Programs
Thierry Casale graduated in aeronautical engineering at ESTACA in 1991.
He started his career at EADS Sogerma in Bordeaux holding different positions both in the production (engine run up A310 qualified) and support organizations before being appointed as the Airbus maintenance program manager in charge of production, planning and logistics with teams up to a hundred people to restore profitability.
In the middle of 1998 he was appointed Airbus Maintenance Director and doubled industrial capabilities within one year, leading a team of 300 people.
Three years later, he became Vice-President Operations within EADS Sogerma. He took the responsibility for line maintenance, fleet engineering, maintenance control center and field support. With a team of 100, he implemented and developed a full and worldwide support service for airlines operating Airbus aircraft namely A300, A310, A320 and A330. EADS Sogerma then moved from a MRO shop to a global support provider.
In July 2004, he was appointed Vice-President Industrial Operations and managed MRO activities for aircraft and components, cabin completion for VIP aircraft and industrial support for the EADS Sogerma plants of Bordeaux and Toulouse, leading a team of 600 people.
In 2005 he joined ATR as Vice-President Industry, in charge of industrial support for the second-hand aircraft market as well as of the new aircraft assembly line (including production and delivery), where he is accountable for a strong production ramp-up from 6 aircraft in 2004 to 64 in 2008.
In September 2011, Thierry Casale was appointed Senior Vice-President Operations.
On January 28th 2015, he is appointed Senior Vice-President of the newly created Programs directorate of ATR.
Thierry Casale was born in France in 1965.
He is married and has two children.
In Charge Of
- Program Management
- Chief Engineering
- Production (Final Assembly Line, Delivery)
- Program quality
- Supply chain activities
Senior Vice-President Procurement
David Brigante, 54, helds a Degree in Business Administration from the Federico II University in Naples, Italy.
During his career, he has held a number of successive different positions within Alenia Aermacchi.
He joined Alenia in 1988, and up to 2008 he had covered responsibilities from contract management to sales activities always within the commercial field for aerostructures.
From 2008 to 2010 he held the position of Senior Vice-President Industrial Control and Planning, while between 2009 and 2010 he was also in charge of the Commercial Programs of Alenia.
Then, between 2010 and 2012 he was Senior Vice-President Procurement, and was in charge of all products and programs.
Since the end of 2012 he was Senior Vice-President Customer Support and Services, being responsible for the logistics support of all military programs in Alenia Aermacchi.
In January 2015, David Brigante has been appointed as new Senior Vice-President of the new Procurement directorate of ATR.
He will be in charge of the contract negotiations with the suppliers of the aircraft manufacturer and will report to ATR's Chief Executive Officer Patrick de Castelbajac. He will sit on the Executive Committee.
In Charge Of
- Contract negotiations with the suppliers
Senior Vice President Finance & Chief Financial Officer
Giovanni Tramparulo is graduated cum laude in Economics from the University of Naples (Facoltà di Economia e Commercio) with business studies at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d'Administration in Lausanne, Switzerland.
He started his career in the aeronautical industry in 1985 at the Treasury Department of Aeritalia in Naples with the responsibility of managing foreign currencies.
In 1988 he moved to the Headquarters of Alenia in Rome where he was responsible for Export Finance and Special Projects covering military and civil aircraft worldwide for all the divisions.
Giovanni has a detailed knowledge of ATR, as he worked on the programme from 1992 to 2014. During his previous experience at ATR, among other positions he had been Chief Financial Officer (2007-2010) and CEO’s Sales Finance Special Advisor (2010-2014). Before that, Giovanni had been responsible of ATR’s Department of Sales Financing.
Since 2012, he had been CEO’s Sales Finance Advisor at Superjet International in Venice.
In March 2016 he is appointed as ATR’s new Chief Financial Officer.
- He is a lecturer for corporate finance and aircraft sales financing for various MBAs organized by the French National Institute of Civil Aviation (ENAC) of Toulouse, and developed with the Faculty of Aeronautics of the University of Rome a Master in Air Transport for the benefit of engineers working in the aviation industry.
In Charge Of
- Accounting & Treasury,
- Sales Financing,
- Credit & Risk Management
- Internal Control.
Head of Human Resources
Olga Renda-BlancheOn 1st June, Olga joined ATR as Head of Human Resources.
A graduate in business law, she has held various HR senior management positions in the space and aeronautical sectors.
She was Alcatel’s Head of Labour Relations and Social Policies for France for 10 years before going on to fill the same position at Thales Alenia Space.
She joined Airbus in 2008, again as Head of Labour Relations and Social Policies for France.
In 2013, she became Head of HRBPs Customer Affairs, Strategy and Airbus Corporate Secretary.
In Charge Of
- Personnal Administration
- Employment & Resources Development
- Safety & Hygiene
Laurence Rigolini graduated in International Economic Relations at the University of Konstanz in Germany, in January 1989 after a Master’s Degree at ESCAE (Ecole Supérieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises) in Marseilles.
In 1990, she joined MBB -Unternehmensbereich Hubschrauber- as 'Area Sales Manager' in the Customer Support Directorate in Ottobrunn, Germany.
Back in France, she joined Eurocopter in 1991 as of 'Western Europe Commercial Director' for both civil and governmental Sales. In 2000, she was appointed 'Commercial Director Civil Sales Europe'.
In this position, she was in charge of a sales team with the objective to sell both helicopters and associated Support and Services in the area.
In 2002 she took the position of 'Corporate Communications and Information' Vice President in charge of Image and Communication of the Eurocopter President, Communication with EADS and Eurocopter subsidiaries, International press relations, Marketing as well as Corporate Brochures, Internet / Intranet, magazines for Eurocopter customers and employees worldwide.
In 2009, she made an Executive MBA at HEC, Paris, and worked in parallel in the Eurocopter Subsidiaries & Participations Directorate. She was also a member of the boards of Eurocopter UK and Eurocopter Vostok.
In April 2010, she was appointed CEO of Eurocopter Vostok, the Russian subsidiary of Eurocopter based in Moscow, in charge of civil and parapublic helicopter sales and associated Support & Services in Russia and CIS countries.
During this period, the sales were steadily growing up to 75M€ annual turnover with a record number of 28 delivered helicopters in 2013 doubling the Eurocopter fleet in less than 5 years and bringing it close to the historical figure of 230 helicopters in service.
Since October 2014, L. Rigolini is appointed as the Corporate Secretary of ATR.
- Laurence Rigolini was born in France in 1965.
In Charge Of
- Public Affairs and Environment
- Performance improvement
- Information System
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Frédéric Torrea holds a Masters in Business Law (DEA en Droit des Affaires) from the Toulouse Law University and a Masters in Political Science with an emphasis on economy and finance from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse.
In 1991, he was hired as lawyer by Aerospatiale - Systems and Services - and, after three years, took responsibility of the Cooperation Department in this business unit.
In 1996, Frédéric Torrea joined WorldSpace Inc., a company operating a digital radio broadcasting satellite system, first as lawyer at the company’s headquarters in Washington D.C., then as President of WorldSpace France, the French subsidiary of WorldSpace Inc.
Frédéric Torrea re-joined the Airbus group at the end of 2001 as Senior Lawyer for Airbus S.A.S., mainly acting as counsel for aircraft-related procurement activities covering various practice areas such as contracts law and intellectual property law.
As from the end of 2006, he took responsibility of the Airbus Procurement Contracts Department consisting of contract specialists negotiating the main procurement agreements and mastering contractual risks.
In February 2009, Frédéric Torrea was appointed as ATR General Counsel and also is the company’s Export Control Officer and International Compliance Officer.
Frédéric Torrea was born in 1964 in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France.
He is married and has a daughter.
In Charge Of
- Legal Affairs
- Export Control
- International Compliance
Roberto del Pezzo*
Head of Quality
Roberto del Pezzo*Roberto Del Pezzo holds a full-honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Federico II University, in Naples.
He started its aeronautical career at Aeritalia (today Alenia Aermacchi) in 1983, holding various positions with the Product Support Directorate.
In 1994 he joined the Quality Directorate of Alenia Aeronautica (today Alenia Aermacchi) as Quality Control manager first, and then he took this same position specifically for the ATR aircraft.
In 1997 he was appointed as Head of the production plant of Alenia at Nola (Italy), and two years later he became Head of American programs at the plant of Pomigliano (Italy), including the manufacturing activities of Alenia for the Boeing 717s, 767s, and 777s.
He moved back to the Quality Directorate in 2004, holding different positions including Senior Vice-President (SVP) Quality, SVP Quality assurance & Certification Deputy and Head of Program & Product Quality.
In May 2015, he is appointed as ATR's Head of Quality.
*Please note that Head of Quality is not part of the ExCom.
In Charge Of
- Developing and strengthening all activities related to quality;
- Implementing the Quality policy with respect to the ATR objectives;
- Providing quality methodological support across the different directions of ATR;
- Managing customer’s satisfaction measurement;
- Interfacing with the certification agencies;
- Managing the entire quality process associated to the ATR program.
Flight Safety Officer
Christopher McGregor started his career in 1992 with Rolls-Royce.
With a background in engineering development and customer support he then joined BAE Systems Regional Aircraft in 1999.
Christopher’s career in customer support continued with Airbus from 2003.
He joined the Airbus Flight Safety Department in 2008, becoming Head of Accident/Incident Investigation in 2010.
In his last position as Senior Director, Airbus Customer Services Programs, Christopher was tasked with lead-time reduction and operational reliability projects.
In March 2015, Christopher McGregor is appointed as Flight Safety Officer of ATR.
- Christopher McGregor is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).
- He graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
*Please note that Head of Safety is not part of the ExCom.
In Charge Of
- The development and implementation of the Flight Safety strategy within ATR;
- Leading the Flight Safety Board;
- Responding to ICAO annex 13 investigations;
- The promotion of flight safety initiatives within our customer community, aviation authorities and safety forums;
- Safety communications to airlines and lessors.