Teterboro, NJ, November 4, 2013 – Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, is pleased to announce that Emil Iannone has been named Director of Operations. Mr. Iannone was previously employed with Meridian for over ten years in several key positions, including Director of Operations, before taking on new challenges in the New York City corporate world.
“I am very happy to be back with Meridian,” says Iannone. “It’s great to see how the company has grown and kept up with the new technologies and other advances in the industry. This is a really good fit for me and I look forward to being part of the company’s continued growth.”
Mr. Iannone started flying in the mid-1980s at Teterboro Airport before attending American Flyers Academy. After graduating and earning his CFI, he returned to Meridian as an instructor pilot, moving up the ranks to Chief Pilot. In 1994, he was promoted to Director of Operations, overseeing the daily operations of Million Air Charter, when the company was part of the franchise. Iannone also spent some time during his early career flying for a private flight department. He is type rated in a wide variety of aircraft including Gulfstreams, Learjets and Cessna Citations.
In 2000, Mr. Iannone was offered the opportunity to take his talents and expertise to a New York City investment banking firm. As Senior Vice President, he oversaw the daily operations of several key areas of the company, including Security, Purchasing, and Ground Transportation. His managerial skills translated well from aviation to this environment and he spent a successful tenure there. Ultimately, the allure of aviation brought him back this year, when he rejoined Meridian.
“We are thrilled that Emil is managing the Operations Group of Meridian Air Charter,” adds Dennis O’Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter. “I worked with Emil when he was here before, and it is great to have him back. I think the additional management experience he gained in his most recent position only enhances his operational expertise and will contribute to his continued success with Meridian.”