October 20 2021  |  People

New CEO at Burrana

By Rick Lundstrom

Burrana announced this week the appointment of Graham Macdonald as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He brings 30 years of aerospace experience with 15 years in the IFE industry -- including Rockwell Collins (now Collins Aerospace) from which the commercial IFE business was acquired in early 2019 to form Burrana.

Macdonald’s experience managing multisite, multi-national operations and background integrating acquisitions provide a strong foundation for leading Burrana through the industry recovery and eventual return to normalcy.

For the past 18 months, Neal Nordstrom, Operating Partner for JW Hill Capital, led the business through the challenges created by the global pandemic. He will now transition back to his board role where he will continue to support Macdonald, who came on board as acting Chief of Staff two months ago to begin his onboarding process. A seamless transition of responsibilities will take place over the next few weeks.

“I am excited to have been chosen by the board for this role and look forward to embracing the challenges ahead. I am inheriting from Neal a strong team and competitive product range,” said Macdonald, in yesterday’s announcement. “Our immediate focus is of course continuing to navigate COVID-19’s impact on the industry and coming out of these challenging times strong and ready to compete.”

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