CHC Helicopter has appointed Rick Burt, currently senior vice president of Canada’s Cougar Helicopters, as managing director of its Australian operations as it seeks to grow its local business units while aligning them more closely with CHC’s global operations.
“We are delighted to have someone with Rick’s scope and experience join CHC Helicopter,” said Christine Baird, president of CHC Global Operations. “CHC is intent on developing its Australian business and Rick has the right leadership skills and vision to accomplish that.”
Burt will be based in Perth rather than at CHC’s traditional headquarters in Adelaide in order to be closer to the company’s oil and gas customers.
His appointment effective June 1, Burt will replace long standing managing director Chris Ridings, who is leaving the company.