North American fixed-wing air-ambulance operator REVA has named Shannon Schell chief operating officer (COO). Schell has been overseeing the company’s recent jet fleet expansion, its global logistics, and day-to-day operations since his appointment earlier this summer, said the firm.
Stuart Hayman, company founder and CEO, enthused: “We are extraordinarily pleased to have Mr Schell onboard at REVA. Mr Schell brings 25 years of outstanding accomplishments in all areas of operations, including logistics, strategic planning, and risk management.”
As a result of Schell being in charge of day-to-day operations since June, said Hayman, REVA is more ready than ever to meet the peak demand of the 2015-16 travel-and-tourism season, while continuing to fulfil its missions for organ and tissue transportation and regular contracts serving major medical centre.
Schell asserted that meaningful, profitable expansion will be associated with several strategies: “At the top of my list are two key areas: highly efficient aircraft fleet operations and advanced training methods.” Maximising fleet efficiency depends on fine-tuning the logistics of everything from fuelling to staffing, he added.
Advanced training methods will expand REVA’s safety, certification, and training programs across all of its bases and reach every professional and support person, said Schell: “Think of it as REVA University, with the eventual goal of awarding industry-recognized certifications based on verified, measurable performance standards and knowledge bases.”
Schell came to REVA from UniTek Global Services, where he had been senior vice-president of supply chain and engineering, accountable for operations at more than 90 facilities across the US and Canada.