Director, President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Wohnsigl is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He will assume this position on a full time basis effective the Closing Date and subsequently relocate to the Plattsburgh area.
Mr. Wohnsigl was President and Chief Operating Officer of Airbus North America Customer Services from January 2004 until July 2007. At Airbus, he was responsible for providing staff and strategic leadership, operational and financial control and policy implementation for functions related to the support of Airbus customer airlines in the United States and Canada. In addition to leading the customer services team based at Airbus North America headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, he oversaw the Airbus training center in Miami, the Airbus spares center in Ashburn, Virginia and the extensive network of Airbus field service personnel based at customer airlines across North America.
Prior to Airbus Mr. Wohnsigl served as an internal consultant with Virgin USA (now Virgin America) in New York.
Mr. Wohnsigl was with Air Canada for a period of six years, ending in 2003, where most recently he served as President of the technical services company, Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS). During his tenure at Air Canada, ACTS was a major player in the third-party MRO sector, with approximately 10,000 employees. Prior to Air Canada, he held leadership roles in the maintenance, engineering and operations areas at US Airways and Northwest Airlines. At NWA he was responsible for developing the plan, designing the facility and forming the organization for the Duluth maintenance base. He also served numerous years as a member and chairman of the Air Transport Association Engineering, Maintenance and Material Council.
Prior to NWA, he spent two years at Control Data Corporation, which followed a 24-year career with the U. S. Air Force, from which he retired as Colonel in 1988.
Mr. Wohnsigl spent his Air Force career working primarily in two specific fields: (1) research and development engineering and (2) aircraft and avionics maintenance. Highlights included four years teaching engineering mechanics at the USAF Academy, seven years as a Deputy Wing Commander for Maintenance in Tactical Air Command and head of engineering at San Antonio Air Logistics Center. A notable assignment from 1981 to 1985 was heading total logistics support for the then classified and now called F117 Stealth Fighter. This was the period from before first flight until after initial operating capability and included building a clandestine air base to support the program during the “black” period of this weapon system.
Among his awards and recognitions, in 2003 Mr. Wohnsigl received the Air Transport Association’s coveted “Nuts and Bolts” Award for sustained contributions to the betterment of the air transport industry. His military decorations include two Legion of Merit awards.
Mr. Wohnsigl has served on numerous boards of directors including Airbus North America Customer Services, AirLiance Materials, ACETEK and Northwest Pennsylvania American Red Cross.
A native New Yorker, he holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University and a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a 1981 graduate of the Air War College.