Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is committed to redefining the regional aviation sector. Led by legendary Japanese quality and a world class team, this company is built to serve the global market.
Hisakazu Mizutani is the President of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in Nagoya, Japan. He has been at the helm of the company since April 1, 2017, and under his direction and guidance, the company implemented the Integrated Product Team (IPT) organizational structure, transformed Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation into a global organization, and established the program vision for commercial aviation success in Japan.
Mizutani comes to Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), where he was chiefly engaged in aerospace business and corporate governance. During his distinguished career, he has held executive level and board positions in a variety of MHI Group divisions ranging from MHI Global Headquarters, Aerospace Headquarters, as well as Integrated Defense & Space Systems. Based on his experience in corporate governance, he appreciates the commonality between integrated defense and space and the commercial aircraft business, especially the combination of state-of-the-art technology and exacting standards of safety.
Alex Bellamy is the Chief Development Officer, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. In this role, he oversees Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s global operations and strategy with responsibilities including product development, customer support, and future business development. Alex has been one of the driving forces behind the transformation of the company into a global, world-class organization and the establishment of the company vision for commercial success for Japan. He joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in March 2016 and since then has led the turnaround of the program. In April 2018, Alex became the Chief Development Officer, leading a strong team of multi-national leaders who are united together to making the best product possible for our customers.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Alex worked for Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, Canada where he was the Manager C Series Flight Test responsible for ensuring that the flight test organization safely and efficiently met the Type Certification and Entry in to Service schedules. Before moving to Canada, Alex worked for eleven years at BAE Systems in Warton, United Kingdom where he started his career as a Flight Test Engineer, conducting experimental flight operations on a variety of aircraft platforms.
Alex graduated from the University of Salford with a first-class honors degree in Aeronautical Systems Engineering, during which he took a year off to work at British Airways Engineering. He also has a Post-Graduate certificate in Management from the Lancaster University Management School. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK and a Fellow with the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Chris is the Vice President of Flight Test Division, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and he also has oversight for company operations in the United States. In this dual role, Chris reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy and the President of Mitsubishi Aircraft America, Hitoshi Iwasa. The responsibilities of the flight test role are focused on the planning and execution of the flight test programs to meet the program’s schedule and certification requirements in an environment where all risks are effectively managed. The flight test activities supported are at the test centers in Moses Lake, Washington and Nagoya, Japan. For the US Operations, Chris is responsible for ensuring activity in the US continues to support the over interests and strategic vision of the company.
Chris joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2018 after almost five years at Bombardier Aerospace at both the Mirabel, Canada and Wichita, Kansas sites. During his employment he held various aircraft manager positions for the C Series (now A220) program and left the company as the Chief Flight Test Engineer. Prior to embarking on a career in civil aircraft certification, he spent 13 years in the Royal Australian Air Force. He commenced his working career with Boeing in Melbourne,Australia where he was heavily involved in manufacturing and quality activities within their Structural Bonding Center.
He is a graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Chris is a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers.
David Barrow is the Head of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s Global Strategy & Business Development Office and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. As one of the original transformation team, he provides an Innovative and strategic customer focused solution with extensive international experience of Supply Chain Management, Engineering from initial concept to final delivery, highly experienced in product strategy, innovation and organizational transformation. A diverse dynamic leader with global experience who he brings a aptitude for innovation through relationships that brings the best customer value across suppliers, customers, authorities and investors for shared success.
He joined the company in November 2015 as part of the original international team in Japan, evolving the program to a multi-disciplinary team, establishing technical capability to deliver the Aircraft program. Beginning with Engineering, progressing to Supply Chain management and now Global Strategy to offer the best customer focused products.
Before joining the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation team he held Engineering leadership positions at Bombardier business and commercial aircraft divisions on Global 7500 and CSeries programs. Initially beginning his career at Airbus in the UK and Toulouse for A380 and A400M programs in flight test and product development.
David graduated from Hertfordshire University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and received a Master of Business Administration from the Open University.
Andrew Bottomley is Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s Director of Performance Excellence, reporting to Head of Program Management Division Hiroyuki Tatsuoka. He is responsible for ensuring the successful transformation of Mitsubishi Aircraft into a global company, including cost management, outsource management and as acting Global Head of HR, he is leading the transformation strategy and solution delivery. Andrew joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2017 as Engineer Director and led the implementation of organizational restructure to Integrated Product Teams. Since his arrival, Andrew has worked closely with the senior leadership.
Andrew has over 20 years of experience in Engineering, interfacing with major system suppliers worldwide and leading large technical teams of engineers of multiple nationalities. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft from BAE Systems, Andrew was a Support Integration Manager on the Typhoon Program, and had multiple leadership positions in engineering and Flight Test on the Tornado,Nimrod MRA4 and Taranis programs. He began his career in the Royal Air Force as an Avionics Apprentice and then spent 9 years working on Tornado F3 as a member of the Operational Evaluation Unit. While in the Royal Air Force, Andrew also played representative Rugby League for several years.
Andrew graduated from The Open University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Electronics, and has also earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Management from Lancaster University. He is an Incorporated Engineer and a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Antonio Cortés is the Director of Safety for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. He joined the company in 2018 and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. As Head of the Flight Safety Management Office, his team in both Nagoya and the United States operate the company’s enterprise-level Safety Management System, investigating hazards and managing safety risks to the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 flight,maintenance, and support functions.
Cortés has over 20 years of experience in safety investigation, accident prevention,and human factors research and over 5,000 flighthours. He graduated from Euro-NATO Joint Jet Training. Cortés started his career as a pilot and a flight safety officer with the US Air Force. He continued his career with Midwest airlines as an MD-88 pilot and as a safety officer for the Air Line Pilots Association. He then worked as a Flight Analysis Programs Manager, Flight Data Monitoring Manager, and taught engineering safety investigation. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Cortés chaired a science department and aviation graduate school at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he also taught courses in Aerospace Human Factors, Flight Safety, Aircraft Accident Investigation, and Crew Resource Management.
Cortés graduated from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, holds a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a Ph.D. in Business with a research focus in aviation safety from Northcentral University. He received multiple awards such as the FAA Distinguished Service Award and the NASA Honor Award.Cortés has performed over 100 conference presentations and workshops on aviation safety topics, has published over 75 articles,and recently co-authored the 6th Edition of Commercial Aviation Safety, a popular university textbook.
Yoshihiro Eguchi started his position as the the Head of Office of Aviation Regulatory Affairs(OARA) of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation on April 1, 2018. He is responsible for submitting public comments, disseminating information on Civil Aeronautics Act amendments within the company and investigating various laws and regulations. Egushi's roles also include coordinating meetings between the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and the company.
Eguchi joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in April 2017 as the Head of Quality Assurance. As Head of Quality Assurance, he oversaw audits, customer inspections, and revisions of operational rules.
Before 2017, he worked for All Nippon Airways (ANA) in multiple engineering fields including component, aircraft, and technical information engineering as manager and later director.During his years at ANA, he lead numerous activities to improve the reliability for components and worked with Airbus for four months as a new aircraft receiving inspector for the A321. Eguchi also held the position of project leader for kaizen activities and 5S promotion and has experience in authority communication. He worked as an aircraft mechanic at ANA for eight years prior to his roles in engineering.
Peter Faulkner is the Global Information Technology Director, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.In this role, Peter is responsible for technology strategy, planning, implementation and support.He ensures the business gains and maintains a competitive advantage through right technologies, at the right time, right size, and right cost. Peter joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2018 as the IT Integration Manager and led the Digital Strategy initiative. Since then, he has introduced the Run IT as a Business program to turn IT into a world-class organization within an organization.
Peter has more than 30 years of experience in IT with an early background in aviation. Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Peter assisted mostly in the financial securities and banking industry driving efficiencies through IT. He has helped companies such asBNP Paribas, GE Money, Visa International and Lehman Brothers. He has also been successful in manufacturing companies including Boeing and Panasonic.
Peter graduated from the University of New South Wales as an Aeronautical Engineer and also earned a Bachelor of Business majoring in business management and Human Resources from Griffith University. He also received a Bachelor of Information Technology from the Swinburne University with a. He is currently working on a Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.
Steve is the Head of Global Marketing and Strategy for Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. He joined the company in February 2019 and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. His responsibilities include, developing strategies to maintain long-term competitiveness, positioning Mitsubishi Aircraft in the global market,and supporting airline customers with network and fleet scenario planning through analysis from regionally deployed marketing teams. He is also a member of the executive strategy team that is tasked with ensuring the company transforms into a global, world-class producer of commercial aircraft.
Steve joined Mitsubishi Aircraft after a successful 33-year career at the Boeing Company where he held various leadership positions in Manufacturing, Engineering, Business Development, and Marketing. He successfully led the marketing efforts for three of Boeing’s Wide-body airplane programs and spent more than five years in Airplane Development as the Marketing leader for the777X which culminated in the largest product launch in commercial aviation history (Dubai,2013 $95B in orders). As the Brand Director for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Steve played a critical role in repositioning Boeing’s Commercial Airplane brand including leveraging the new Dreamliner Brand to reinvigorate the entire commercial product line.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from City University, Steve has completed graduate programs at Stanford University (GSB), Columbia University, Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management) and the University of Washington(Foster School of Business).
Masaki joined Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in May 2016. Previously, he worked at Jet Star, an Australian airline. In order to launch LCC for the first time in Japan, he established an airline called Jet Star Japan and worked as a general manager of the business strategy department and the operation planning department. Masaki was able to convert the company from the initial deficit to a surplus. At the same time, his team implemented major deregulation. Prior to that experience, he worked on the port job as a civil servant at the prefectural office where he created incentives to attract container vessels and passenger ships, and also supported emergency goods import in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Earlier in his career, he worked in Japan Airlines, and was in charge with the B787 implementation project, calculated the required number of pilots based on the business plan and also developed the training plan for the pilot accordingly.
Hitoshi “Hank” Iwasa is the President ofMitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America and Head of Moses Lake Flight Test Center. He hasbeen a driving force of success of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s subsidiary in North America, and responsible for leading the company’s development and alignment with its strategic goals and vision. He has also been instrumental in the development of the Moses LakeFlight Test Center, a world-class facility with experts from around the world all focused on the development and certification of the company’s family of aircraft.
Hank has over eleven years of experience on the Mitsubishi SpaceJet program and thirty-six years in the Mitsubishi group. He joined Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in Japan as the Group Leader for the Sales Department Sales Planning Group in 2008 when the company was established. He held various leadership positions in Corporate Planning & Business Strategy and Sales & Marketing over nine years in Japan. In April 2016, Hank transferred to the company’s flight test facility in the United States as the Flight Test Center Deputy Head before being promoted to Head in 2017 and assuming the office of President in January 2019.
Before joining Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, Hank spend more than twenty years with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries engaged in building corporate strategic plans and product portfolio management.
Hank graduated from Tokyo University with a Bachelor of Economics in 1983. He was a member of the University’s rugby club and still enjoys playing.
Nelson Jabour is Head of Customer Support, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. In this role, he oversees Mitsubishi Aircraft’s Customer Support global strategy. The current focus of his division is on ensuring the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 Product and Services readiness, as well as preparing the company’s global Customer Support framework to support Airlines as they enter into service. Nelson joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in October 2017 as the responsible of Maintenance Technical Support. At the beginning of 2018, he joined the Integrated Product Team as the Leader of Customer Support and Deputy Head of Customer Support.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Nelson spent 17 years with Embraer in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For six of those years, he was the manager of the ERJ-145 and EMB-120 Customer Support responsible for 1,000 aircraft in 40 airlines across five Continents. In this role, he successfully supported the aircraft as the entered into service and kept the fleet flying at the highest standards of safety,reliability, and overall Customer satisfaction. Nelson also worked as PMO director of Aircraft Upgrade Programs for seven years, and another four years for in a variety of engineering roles.
Nelson graduated from the Brazil Air Force Aeronautical Institute, Sao Jose dos Campos, with a degree in Mechanical Aeronautical Engineering. He also studied management in a variety of credible management Institutes in Sao Paulo, as the APG–Advanced Managing Program (Amana-Key), and FGV, as well in the Embraer Leadership Management Development Program. After his graduation, Nelson spent four years working as Lieutenant Engineer responsible for Helicopter Programs, from those two years for Brazil Air Force and two years for Brazil Navy.
Takahiro Kozaki is Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s Vice President of Procurement Office. He is responsible for leading Supply Chain Management of whole MRJ Program with its strategic goal and vision. MRJ SCM is covering more than 400 major direct partners to develop and manufacture MRJ. MRJ Partners are located in whole over the world. He is building stronger and respectful supply chains with well experienced teams in North America, Europe and Asia.
Kozaki has over 6 years of experience on the MRJ Program and twenty-one years in the Mitsubishi group. He joined Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation in Japan as Manager of Procurement Office in 2012. He held various leadership positions for aircraft system partners and assigned as head of procurement office at April 1st, 2019.
Before joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, he spent 4 years in CA USA as SCM Manager of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, and 11 years in Japan with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. His specialty for SCM started from the raw material strategic buyer in 2001, followed by common commodities, major structure parts and systems. Kozaki had been involving commercial, military and space programs in MHI, which includes B787, B777, B767, B747, B737, A380, A320, GX, CL300, DASH-Q-400, CRJ, P-1, C-2, F-2, SH, UH, H2A, H2B, HTV.
He graduated from Hitotsubashi University with a Bachelor of Economics in 1998. He is certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Procurement Professional (CPP Grade A)
On April 1, 2019 Keisuke Masutani assumed the role of Senior Vice President to assist the president in all corporate affairs areas. In addition to his responsibilities as Senior Vice President, Masutani is the Director of Business Affairs. As Director, since March 2018, he has overseen Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s governance, compliance, risk management, secretarial division, general affairs, administration, interpretation/translation, regulatory supervision, standard system management, and shareholder response. He is also responsible for various focal operations with Mitsubishi Aircraft’s parent company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
Masutani joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in April 2016 as the Director of the Management Planning Office after he had worked as the Director of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet Business Department, Transit, and Transport Domain at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for one year. Prior to starting his work on the aircraft program, he was the President’s Office Deputy Director at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from 2013 to 2015. He worked for a total of twenty-seven years with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries after joining the company in 1988.
Steven Mood is a Senior Vice President within the Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and is the Head of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 Operations for the Integrated Product Teams and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. Steven is accountable for the delivery of the M90 Program and driving the IPT’s to meet schedule and technical requirements for both Type Certification as well as successful Entry Into Service (EIS).
Steven joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2017, initially based in the United States as the SVP of Supplier Integration, his mandate was to refocus and forge commitment from the supply base. He moved to Japan to champion change with the organizational restructure to IPT’s and subsequently was selected to lead IPT Operations. Steven has over 30 years Aerospace experience, in various leadership roles and domains, including Engineering, Flight Test, Supply Chain and Program Management. Teams under his leadership have successfully brought several clean-sheet design fix-wing and rotary aircraft to Type Certification and subsequent Entry Into Service.He has also led a large portfolio of aircraft mid-life updates. Steven started his career in the Royal Air Force, and has vast experience on Part 23, 25, 27 and 29 platforms. During his career he has flown over 2,500 hours as a Flight Test Engineer in both fixed wing and rotary aircraft and was the Chief Flight Test Engineer for two OEM’s.
Steven graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a bachelor of Engineering Honors Degree in Integrated Engineering and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Munenori Shima is Head of Quality Assurance Office, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. In this role, he oversees Mitsubishi Aircraft’sQuality Management System with responsibilities including a Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) approved organization program,conformity inspection, development assurance audit, and customer quality support. He joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2010 as theQuality Management Group Leader and was appointed Aircraft Quality Assurance Group Leader. In 2011, Shima was promoted to Deputy Head of Quality Assurance Office in April 2016, and then Head of Quality Assurance Office in April 2018. He has also served as Deputy Head of Flight Safety Management Office since April 2016.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Shima spent seventeen years at Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in Nagoya, in production and flight test for military and Boeing tier 1 program in a variety of positions including QA engineer and management roles. In the meantime,he has been stationed as a representative of MHI for three years at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Fort Worth, USA, which was co-operating with F-2 Program, and has experience as a Certify Staff in 787 program.
Shima graduated from Kyushu University with a Master of Aeronautics Engineering degree.
James Sykes (Jim) is the Head of the Engineering Division, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation. He joined the company in 2016 andnowreports tothe Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. Jim oversees all Engineering activities and processes across the global Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation organization. He and his teams are focused on successful product development of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 as well as new aircraft development programs. In this position, Jim is the Chief Engineer responsible for making the final technical configuration decisions to ensure a safe, certifiable aircraft that meet program and marketing requirements. Jim is also responsible for longer term, strategic development of the Engineering organization in order to support current and new product development programs aligned with transforming Mitsubishi Aircraft into a global company.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Jim spent 21 years at Bombardier Aerospace in Montreal, Canada where he held various Engineering leadership positions in new product development and sustaining programs, as well as customer support. Jim was also a certified Bombardier leadership coach who mentored employees as part of their career development.
Jim graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His Post-Graduate work was in the field of Aeroelasticity and he earned a Masters of Engineering degree in Aerospace from Carleton University in Ottawa. Jim also has a private pilot license.
Henry Tam is the Head of New Program Development and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. In his role, he leads the conceptual design of future aircraft, enhancing passenger experiences and product option development. He has been a key driver for refreshing the product portfolio and enhancing the aircraft configuration to meet customer needs. Henry joined Mitsubishi Aircraft in 2017 as the Product Strategy Manager. He was promoted to Director, Product Strategy Office in January 2018 and then became the Head of New Program Development on April 2019.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft, Henry spent five years at Bombardier Business Aircraft in Montreal, Canada, where he managed product requirements, customer feedback and multi-disciplinary projects on the Global 7500 program. Prior to this position, he worked at Gedex on a state-of-the-art airborne remote sensing system for the mining industry and at Honeywell on the Lockheed Martin F-35 Stealth Fighter.
Henry received his Master of Business Administration and Master of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering degrees from the University of Toronto. He graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He is a Professional Engineer in Canada.
Hiroyuki Tatsuoka is Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s Head of Program Management Division and now reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. In this role, he has been instrumental in implementing the Integrated Product Team structure and transforming the company into a global, world-class organization and the establishment of the program vision for commercial success for Japan.
Tatsuoka has been involved with the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 development program for the past 11 years. In 2019, Tatsuoka became the Head of Program Management Division and as part of his new responsibilities, he was appointed as Board member. Tatsuoka has over 30 years of Manufacturing expertise within the MHI Group. Prior to joining the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 development program, he acquired extensive development experience on programs including the Anti-submarine Helicopter/SH-60J, Support Fighter/FS-X,Support Fighter/F-2, and Boeing 777-300, as well as military support experience on programs such as the helicopter overhaul program for the MH-53E and the fighter overhaul program for the F-4.
Andrew Telesca is the Head of Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation’s Certification Management Office and reports to the Chief Development Officer Alex Bellamy. In this role, he oversees the airworthiness and compliance of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s products in accordance with the requirements of the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). He is also responsible for oversight of Mitsubishi Aircraft’s delegated engineering activities through the Approved Design Organization (ADO). He joined the company in January 2017 as part of the Program Management Office. From there, Andrew became Director of the Coordination Office of Airworthiness in November 2017 to support improvement of compliance and airworthiness processes. In May 2018, he became the Head of the Certification Management Office to ensure the safety and compliance of the Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 as it is prepared for Type Certification and operations.
Prior to joining Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, Andrew spent ten years at the Boeing Company in the state of Washington, working in the aircraft certification and systems engineering fields throughout the product life cycle. This included work on major development programs such as the 747-8, KC-46A Tanker, and 777X. He also served as a delegated representative of the FAA.