The people who've been essential in propelling CAE into the leadership position we now maintain.
Marc Parent was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE in August 2009.
Mr. Parent joined CAE in February 2005 as Group President, Simulation Products, responsible for the Company's civil simulation products business as well as the design, manufacture, and support of products for the Company's civil and military training businesses. His role was expanded in May 2006, when he was appointed Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services. In November 2008, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all four of CAE's business segments and new-growth initiatives.
Mr. Parent has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He started his career in 1984 with Canadair as an engineer on the Challenger and Canadair regional jet programs. Beginning in 1993, he held positions of increasing scope in aircraft product development, starting as head of the Challenger 604 program development team; in 1995, he headed the Q400 turboprop aircraft development program; and in 1998, he was promoted to Vice President, Program Management, with responsibilities covering all Bombardier aircraft development programs.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Parent held numerous executive positions within Bombardier Aerospace, leading a number of facilities and product lines. In 2000, he held the position of Vice President, Operations, at Bombardier's de Havilland site in Toronto; in 2001, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Operations of the Toronto facility; in 2003, he held the position of Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Operations, with responsibilities encompassing Learjet facilities in Wichita and Tucson; and in March 2004, he returned to Montreal as Vice President and General Manager of Challenger 300, 604, and 850/870 programs as well as the CRJ 200 Regional Aircraft product line.
Mr. Parent was honored in 1999 as one of "Canada's Top 40 under 40" leaders. He was also selected as a 2010 Fellow of SAE International for his leadership and contributions in aircraft product development and for his successes at Bombardier and CAE. He received the 2005 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award, and is a past recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland Award. In February 2011, Mr. Parent was named Canadian Defence Review's first-ever Defence Executive of the Year.
Mr. Parent has been a member of CAE's Board of Directors since November 2008. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) since March 2008, of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) since October 2007, and was the AIAC's Chairman of the Board from September 2009 to August 2010. Mr. Parent also held the position of Chairman of the Board for Aero Montreal from October 2008 to April 2010 and continues in his role as member of its Board of Directors.
A native of Montreal, Mr. Parent is a graduate of mechanical engineering from Montreal's École Polytechnique and of the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Recently, Mr. Parent was awarded an Honorary Doctorat by the École Polytechnique for his contributions to the aerospace industry in Montreal and internationally.
Nick Leontidis was appointed Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services, in June 2013. In this position, he leads CAE's two civil segments — Simulation Products and Training and Services.
A CAE veteran having first joined the company in 1988, Mr. Leontidis has held a series of increasingly senior positions in the company, much of that time focused on the civil segments and corporate-wide activities.
Prior to his appointment as Group President, Mr. Leontidis served as CAE's Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for more than four years. During that time, he played an important leadership role, responsible for CAE's overall corporate strategy, overseeing all mergers and acquisitions activities and the creation of the New Core Markets segment businesses, CAE Healthcare and CAE Mining.
Mr. Leontidis joined CAE as a software engineer, and was quickly promoted to Vice President of the Visuals Systems group in 1999. From 2001 to 2009, he held a series of executive positions of increasing responsibility in the Civil business unit, where he was instrumental in the creation and growth of the training and services business. His positions included Vice President, Sales and Marketing; Executive Vice President, Simulation Products; Executive Vice President, Civil Aviation Training and Equipment; and finally Executive Vice President, Customers, where he was responsible for sales, marketing, business development, strategic planning, program management, and customer services functions across the Civil Simulation and Training business unit.
Mr. Leontidis holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Engineering from Concordia University.
Camille Mariamo was appointed Vice President and General Manager, Business Aviation, Helicopter and Maintenance Training in August 2014.
Having worked at CAE for more than 20 years, Mr. Mariamo has held a series of increasingly senior positions in several of our locations. Prior to this recent appointment, Mr. Mariamo served as CAE Vice President of Business Development — Civil.
Mr. Mariamo joined CAE in 1989, holding a variety of positions in the Civil business unit. He worked in project management roles and also held positions in the field, including at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training joint venture in Dubai, where he was first assigned as Sales Manager and later became Managing Director of the Center as well as Business Leader for the Middle East and India region.
Mr. Mariamo holds a Bachelor's degree from École Polytechnique de Montréal.
John has a diverse aviation background with experience in sales, business development, finance, and operations.
John holds dual Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Aviation Science from the University of Oklahoma and also obtained his MBA at Rice University in 2008.
John’s professional aviation experience began as a Flight Instructor and progressed to a Captain on Business Jets, which led to two initial type ratings at CAE. He also has spent time at American Airlines working in corporate financial and operations analysis.
John joined CAE in 2010 as a Regional Sales manager for Business Aviation in Southern California. Since then he has held the role of Manager of Business development of North and South America for both Business and Commercial Aviation. In January 2013 John was promoted to Sales leader for Commercial Aviation Training for the Asia Pacific Region based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. John’s team was responsible for training sales in over 50 full flight simulators across seven different training centers in Asia including four joint ventures. John returned to the United States in January 2016 and is currently the Sales Leader for Business Aviation Training in the Americas.
Nelson joined CAE in September of 2013 as the center leader of our North East Training Center. Prior to joining CAE, Nelson held various senior leadership roles at US Airways, ranging from Director of International Operations and Catering, to Director of Passenger Services and Director of Ground Operations. In 2013 Nelson was recognized as one of Philadelphia’s Top 40 under 40. This program recognizes 40 individuals, under the age of 40, who are proven performers in their respective industries and communities.
Nelson brings extensive customer orientation and focus, as all of his prior roles revolved heavily around customer service. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served in various capacities, exiting as the Non-Commissioned Officer In-Charge of the Elite Honor Guard.