Molsbergen takes the stick at charter ace ExcelAire

This is your new captain speaking: Robert Molsbergen is now in control at Ronkonkoma-based ExcelAire.

ExcelAire has a new sky king.

Former NetJets President Robert Molsbergen has been named president of the MacArthur Airport-based charter-jet manager, a subsidiary of worldwide aviation-services provider Hawthorne Global Aviation Services.

Robert Molsbergen: Service with a smile.

Robert Molsbergen: Service with a smile.

Hawthorne President Bryon Burbage noted Molsbergen’s “deep private-jet aviation leadership experience,” not only heading NetJets – an Ohio-based Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary that brokers private-jet ownership deals – but in leading its executive jet management and global aircraft management divisions.

“ExcelAire is well-positioned for our next phase of growth and (we) are confident Robert has the knowledge and experience to successfully lead our management team and the ExcelAire business,” Burbage said in a statement.

Molsbergen succeeds Greg Brinkman, who piloted the firm as president for 13 months after serving 15 years as ExcelAire’s chief operating officer. ExcelAire did not immediately return calls regarding Brinkman’s fate.

The new president said in a company release that he was “thrilled to join the team here,” noting ExcelAire’s strong reputation for customer service.

“For private jet travelers, we have all of the elements to offer a successful private jet experience,” Molsbergen said.

Molsbergen’s management experience soars past private jets. Prior to NetJets, he served as president of Arizona-based commercial and military manufacturer MD Helicopters, and as president of Pennsylvania-based product and technology manufacturer Innovate Plus LLC.

He’s also gone to sea, heading up Netherlands-based EMTS, a global marine services company engaged in shipbuilding and maintenance.

The presidential succession is the latest big announcement in a busy year for 30-year-old ExcelAire, which has been adding steadily to its private-jet fleet and this spring announced the opening of its first-ever satellite office at California’s Oakland International Airport.

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