Company Leadership

Company Leadership

Christopher Bradshaw

Christopher Bradshaw

Bristow President and Chief Executive Officer

Christopher “Chris” Bradshaw has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group Inc. since June 2020. He previously served as the President and CEO of Era Group Inc. since November 2014 and Chief Financial Officer from October 2012 to September 2015. Chris was appointed a director of Era in February 2015. He served as Era’s Acting Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 to November 2014. From 2009 until 2012, Chris served as Managing Partner and Chief Financial Officer of U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, an independent financial advisory firm that he co-founded. Prior to co-founding U.S. Capital Advisors LLC, Chris was an energy investment banker at UBS Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co., and PaineWebber Incorporated.

David Stepanek

David Stepanek

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

David Stepanek became Bristow’s Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in June 2020. In this role, David has responsibility for global operations through each of the regional leaders including flight operations, maintenance, supply chain management, training and information technology. 

He previously served as Senior Vice President, Business Development of Era Group Inc. when he joined Era in January 2020. From 2010 through 2019, David held positions within PHI, Inc., most recently having served as President, PHI Americas, responsible for the overall performance and direction of PHI’s U.S. and international operations in the Western Hemisphere. Before becoming President PHI Americas, David served as PHI, Inc. Chief Commercial Officer and led the company’s growth in the Gulf of Mexico and international expansion including the acquisition of HNZ Group’s offshore helicopter business. Before joining PHI in 2010, David held a variety of leadership positions at Era Helicopters. After four years’ service in the US Marine Corps as a heavy lift helicopter avionics technician, David moved to Sikorsky as an avionics technician and field service representative; he was subsequently promoted and contributed to the sales and product development of the S-76 and S-92 aircraft, amongst many other roles.

Alan Corbett

Alan Corbett

Senior Vice President, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia & Australia & Search and Rescue

Alan Corbett was appointed as Senior Vice President for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia (EAMEA) and Search and Rescue in June 2020. He has served in a similar role for Bristow since June 2018. Alan will remain respons-ible for Bristow operations in Australia, Nigeria, Norway and the U.K. Alan will also be responsible for Bristow’s Search and Rescue operations.  

He previously served as Vice President, EAMEA from June 2017 to June 2018. Before that he served as Region Director of the Europe Caspian Region from April 2015 to June 2017 and Region Director of the Europe Business Unit (EBU) from August 2014 to March 2015, in which capacities he had commercial and operational oversight of the region, including the successful transition to a fully Bristow-operated U.K. search and rescue service. Prior to joining the Company in August 2014, Alan worked since 1985 in a number of management positions with Baker Hughes Incorporated, including vice president positions in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa, most recently serving as Vice President, Sub Sahara Africa from 2011 to 2014.

Crystal Gordon

Crystal Gordon

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Crystal Gordon was appointed as Senior Vice President, General Counsel for Bristow Group Inc. in June 2020. In this role, she is responsible for legal, compliance, collective bargaining agreements, government relations and contract review and management.  

Previously, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer for Era Group Inc. when she joined in January 2019. From 2011 through 2018, Crystal served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Air Methods Corporation, an emergency air medical company operating over 400 aircraft throughout the U.S. Prior to her appointment at Air Methods Corporation, Crystal worked in private practice as a corporate and securities lawyer with Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, in Denver, Colorado. Crystal served in several compliance roles in the financial services industry prior to attending law school. She attended the University of Denver for law school and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Santa Clara University.

Stuart Stavley

Stuart Stavley

Senior Vice President, Global Fleet Management

Stuart Stavley became Senior Vice President of Global Fleet Management for the Bristow Group Inc. in June 2020. In this role, he is responsible for standardized maintenance programs, aircraft specifications and lease agreements; as well as all original equipment manufacturer relationships, quality control of global supply chain operations and aircraft acquisitions and sales.

He has previously served as the Senior Vice President, Operations and Fleet Management for Era Group Inc. since 2014 and served in numerous positions since joining Era in 1993. Stuart served as Senior Vice President, Fleet Management from October 2012 to October 2014 and as Vice President, Fleet Management from October 2010 to October 2012. Stuart also served as Director of Technical Services from September 2008 to October 2010, Director of Maintenance from September 2005 to 2008, Chief Inspector and Field Aviation Maintenance Technician.

Mary Wersebe

Mary Wersebe

Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Mary Wersebe was appointed as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer for the Bristow Group Inc. in June 2020. In this role, she is responsible for human resources, benefits and compensation, communications and corporate social responsibility. 

Prior to this role, she served as Vice President, Human Resources effective August 2016. Mary previously served as the Company’s Interim Chief Administration Officer from June 2016 to August 2016. She joined the Company as Director, Human Resources Global Operations in May 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Mary was the Director Human Resources at Exterran from 2007 to 2014. Mary also served in human resources roles for Halliburton from 1999 to 2000 and 2001 to 2002, Aspen Technology from 2000 to 2001 and Ocean Energy from 2002 to 2003 after beginning her career with Browning Ferris Industries in 1997.

Jennifer Whalen

Jennifer Whalen

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Jennifer Whalen is serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for Bristow Group Inc. beginning in June 2020. The CFO role is responsible for company accounting, financial reporting, investor relations, strategy and M&A, tax and other financial aspects of the company. 

Previously, she served as the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, for Era Group Inc. since February 2018.  Jennifer served as the Company's Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since August 2013 until her appointment as Vice President, Acting Chief Financial Officer in June 2017. Jennifer joined the company as Controller in April 2012. From August 2007 to March 2012, Jennifer served in several capacities at nLIGHT Photonics Corporation, a supplier of high-performance lasers, including as Director of Accounting. Prior to these roles, Jennifer served as the Manager of Accounting at InFocus Corporation for over two years. After serving in the U.S. military, Jennifer started her career in public accounting in the assurance practice group at PricewaterhouseCoopers for approximately five years. She received a B.S. in Accounting from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Southern California.

Samantha Willenbacher

Samantha Willenbacher

Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Samantha “Sam” Willenbacher was appointed as the Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer for the Bristow Group Inc. in June 2020. In this role, she is responsible for all customer-facing aspects of the business, bid proposals and market research and analysis.  

Sam previously served as Vice President, Global Commercial Strategy for Bristow. She has also held key leader-ship roles for Bristow as the Vice President, Global Commercial Strategy; Director, Americas Region; and the Director of UK Search and Rescue. Sam has also served as the Business Development Manager and later the Director of the Bristow Academy, at the time the world’s largest helicopter flight training school. She joined the Company in May 1998 through employment with Helicopter Adventures Inc., which later became the Bristow Academy. 

James Stottlemyer

James Stottlemyer

Vice President, Health, Safety, and Environment

James Stottlemyer has served as the Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment for Bristow Group Inc. since June 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the global safety strategy and providing leadership and continuous improvement for the Company Safety Management System and Health, Safety and Environmental processes across Bristow Group Inc. 

Prior to this position, he served as the Director, Safety Americas and Global Safety Performance and Director, Aviation Safety for Bristow Group Inc. Previous roles also include Sr. Advisor, Safety and Quality Assurance (International, Air Medical, SAR) for Era Group Inc. James served nine years in the U.S. Army as a UH-60A/L/M Maintenance Test Pilot. Throughout his tenure, he completed two combat deployments as a Commander, where he managed flight operations and safety programs, as well as Part 135 and 145 maintenance activities. James was a lead maintenance quality inspector on the UH-60 Blackhawk and holds FAA Helicopter and Fixed Wing Ratings.