Kevin Cochie, Hayden Olson, Chris Schuldt Named to Erickson Leadership Posts

Kevin Cochie

Erickson has appointed three executives to its leadership team in a move that takes effect immediately.

Kevin Cochie, formerly vice president of Washington operations and special programs at ammunition and energetics products provider Nammo, will serve as VP and general manager of defense and national security at Erickson, the company said Friday.

Cochie will oversee Erickson’s sales and operations through the Portland, Oregon-based utility aircraft maker and aerial services provider’s office in Washington, D.C.

He is a more than 20-year defense industry veteran with experience that spans across defense acquisition, systems engineering and government affairs.

Hayden Olson

Cochie is a board member of the Army Aviation Association of America and a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who served as a helicopter pilot and acquisition officer during his military career.

Hayden Olson, founder of consulting firm Olson Advisory, has been named VP of safety and human capital.

Olson previously worked at Erickson as director of finance business operations and interim VP and GM for government aviation.

He also held management roles at DynCorp International and RSM McGladrey.

Chris Schuldt

Chris Schuldt, formerly senior director of commercial sales with responsibility over S-64 Aircrane contracts at Erickson, will serve as chief of staff and senior director of DNS special programs and will oversee strategic priorities and key initiatives.

Doug Kitani, who became Erickson CEO and director in August 2017, said the appointment of Cochie, Olson and Schuldt to the leadership team will help the company advance its relational capacity with strategic partners and clients in pursuit of growth opportunities.

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