Doug Kitani Chief Executive Officer and Director
Doug Kitani recently joined Erickson as Chief Executive Officer and Director, having served as Chief Executive Officer and Director of IAP Worldwide Services, a global defense services company specializing in logistics, expeditionary infrastructure, facilities engineering and power systems. His prior experience includes leading portfolio strategies and corporate development for DynCorp International. Mr. Kitani is known for his expertise in mergers and acquisitions and quality improvement, having spent many years working in the private equity investment field. Mr. Kitani earned his MBA in Finance and Strategy from Emory University and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot (qualified in the UH-1, OH-58, and UH-60 while completing 11 years of active and reserve duty), is a member of the AOPA and is a supporter of the Green Beret Foundation.
Andrew Mills President, Commercial Aviation
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.
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, Commercial 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.