Andrew Mills Chief Executive Officer, interim
Mr. Mills rejoined Erickson in 2012, and prior to his current position was General Manager of Aircrane Operations and Director of Aerial Services Sales and Marketing. Mr. Mills has over 25 years of experience in helicopter operations and contracting. Prior to joining Erickson, he served as General Manager of Carson Helicopters, and Director of Operations for Swanson Group Aviation. Before working exclusively in the heavy helicopter arena, he served as Vice President of Operations for Phoenix Geophysics, a world leader in exploration geophysics specializing in frontier exploration utilizing helicopter-supported geophysical tools. He has extensive experience in aerial firefighting and international helicopter contracting and has worked in more than 20 countries.
Mr. Mills graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, with post graduate work in geophysics. He is a past Chairman of the Oregon Heavylift Helicopter Consortium, and current Vice Chairman of the HAI Government Resources/Firefighting Committee.
David W. Lancelot Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Lancelot has nearly 30 years of aviation finance experience and governs Erickson’s financial functions. He is specifically skilled in debt refinancing and restructuring, corporate governance, turnarounds, and process improvement. Mr. Lancelot’s career achievements include raising hundreds of millions of dollars in public equity, financing billions of dollars worth of aircraft and successfully executing the turnaround of a low cost airline producing the highest EBITDAR margins of any carrier in the United States.
Mr. Lancelot most recently served as CEO of Outdoor Reservation Management Group, President of Enerjet LTD, and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Spirit Airlines, Inc. His experience also includes executive positions at AirTran Airways and Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings among others.
His responsibilities at Erickson include accounting, financial reporting and controls, budgeting, planning, forecasting, internal and external audit, investor relations, treasury, tax, information technology, corporate development, risk management and real estate. Mr. Lancelot is a graduate of Baylor University.
Melissa Berube Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Melissa Berube joined Erickson in October of 2013. Her background includes significant experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, public and private offerings of debt and equity, and extensive contract negotiation experience. Her responsibilities at Erickson include contract negotiation and management, corporate governance and compliance, and litigation management.
Ms. Berube is a graduate of the University of Portland and earned her law degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, Team Red Lizard, a local running club, and a volunteer gala committee member of Incight, a local non-profit group dedicated to promoting higher education and career opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Rob Lewis Vice President / General Manager, Civil Business, Aerial Operations
Mr. Lewis joined Erickson in February 2016 as Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Services. In this role, he leads and manages sales and operations for the business unit. His background includes significant experience in growing revenue, launching new aircraft development platforms, and establishing new markets.
Most recently, he was Vice President & General Manager, Business Aviation and Helicopter Training divisions at CAE, Inc., where he Led the Business Aviation Training and Helicopter Training divisions with P&L responsibility of $270M revenue, 800+ employees at 17 locations around the world. His previous work includes executive positions with Pentastar Aviation, and Sentient Flight Group.
Mr. Lewis is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has served as a Nuclear Submarine Officer. He is also a graduate of Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Ellen Raim Vice President of Human Resources
Ellen has over twenty-five years of experience helping organizations succeed by aligning their strategy with their culture. She began her career as a labor and employment attorney for a large multinational law firm. She then served the Legal Department at Intel Corporation and moved into Human Resources where she served as the Director of World Wide Talent Acquisition. Ellen joined Electro Scientific Industries as their Vice President of Human Resources where she developed cultural change programs to complement the business direction and then consulted to concentrate on integrating business strategy, large scale change management, and organizational development.
Her most recent position was as the Vice President of HR and Compliance for Cascade Microtech where she was responsible for Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Compliance, Trade Compliance and Quality.
Ellen holds a B.A. in Economics from Brown University, an M.A. in Organizational Design from Seattle University, a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law, and is working on her Masters in Behavioral Science from the London School of Economics.