SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., April 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mr. John Purvis has been named President and CEO of AME Unmanned Air Systems (formerly AeroMech Engineering, Inc.). He succeeds Mr. Jay McConville, who will now serve as AME UAS's Chairman of the Board and as an Executive Vice President at ChandlerMay. These changes were announced by Mr. Jesse May, President and CEO of ChandlerMay.
"Jay has done an excellent job leveraging AME UAS's already industry-leading capabilities to build a mature and strategic operation," said Mr. May. "In addition to achieving significant business growth, Jay was successful in bringing in top-quality executives like John Purvis to the AME UAS team. Jay and John will work to ensure that our customers continue to receive the highest-quality support now and into the future."
With new leadership comes a new name for the company. AeroMech Engineering, Inc. is now known as AME Unmanned Air Systems (or "AME UAS").
"AME UAS is a company on the move," added John Purvis. "I have no doubt we will continue to serve the Warfighter with the best in unmanned systems. Our new name was selected to better represent our true capabilities and value to that Warfighter, including our unique UAS systems, from the Fury™ special mission UAS to our SharkFin® Mission Management software. AME UAS's excellent reputation and unmatched capabilities were key reasons for my desire to join the company. It is an honor to work with such an outstanding group of professionals, and to serve our nation's fighting forces in this new capacity."
Mr. Purvis has been AME UAS's Vice President for Small Tactical UAS since last October. Previously, he founded and served as Vice President of the Aviation Programs business group with a large ISR Systems Integrator. In that role, he was responsible for $500 million per year in business and led a team of over 425 people in service of U.S. Special Operations Command and the United States Air Force. He holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Mr. McConville has been with ChandlerMay and AME UAS since 2007. Prior to 2007 he was a Vice President for a major defense firm running over $300 million a year in ISR-related business. He is a U.S. Army Intelligence veteran and holds a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC.
About AME Unmanned Air Systems
AME UAS, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, CA, is a leading provider of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The company specializes in the design, test, production, and support of unmanned systems. After designing and producing the U.S. Air Force's first small UAV system, the company has since delivered over 1500 aircraft to U.S. and Allied forces. Unique in the industry for its agility and breadth of capability, AME UAS focuses on innovative turnkey solutions to support the Warfighter and to meet unique mission and customer requirements.
ChandlerMay is a System Integration and Tactical Product Development company that has delivered hundreds of Command and Control (C2) shelters and rugged computing systems to the Defense and Aerospace Markets. These military systems, designed and built by ChandlerMay, include the development and production of tactical ground control shelters, custom C2 systems on air defense control platforms, portable ground control stations, tactical equipment test stations, UAV flight and payload computers, and field-rugged system simulators and trainers.
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