Bristow Group names global operations SVP

Bristow Group, Inc. (NYSE: BRS) has appointed William “Bill” Collins to senior vice president of global operations, where he is responsible for overseeing safe and reliable helicopter and airplane operations across Bristow´s business, the company said.

In his new role, Collins will focus on improving operational safety, reliability and efficiency for clients, reporting directly to Bristow Group president and chief executive officer Jonathan Baliff.

Collins assumes the senior vice president global operations role from Chet Akiri, who has been serving as acting senior vice president global operations in addition to his role as chief commercial officer since April 2016. With this change, Akiri, as Bristow´s chief commercial officer, will be responsible for all revenue for the company, including the company´s core oil and gas business as well as new revenue growth opportunities from its continued diversification into other commercial and government sectors.

Collins joins Bristow from American Airlines, where he most recently served as vice president, aircraft, engine and components operations responsible for the airlines´ aircraft overhaul division in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Bristow Group Inc. is a provider of industrial aviation services offering exceptional transportation, search and rescue (SAR) and aircraft support services, including helicopter maintenance and training, to government and civil organizations worldwide. With headquarters in Houston, Texas, Bristow has operations in the North Sea, Nigeria, the US Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad.