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Cessna's Jack Pelton Announces Retirement

Jack Pelton
Jack Pelton

May 3, 2011 — This week Jack J. Pelton announced his retirement as chairman, president, and CEO of Cessna Aircraft after more than a decade with the company. He came to Cessna in November 2000 as senior vice president of product engineering and oversaw engineering and product development, encompassing new aircraft development, design, experimental and production test flight, certifications, and product improvements for all Cessna models. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2003 and chairman in 2005.

EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny calls Pelton one of the true industry leaders who has a grasp of the entire spectrum of aviation. He has been a major advocate for all sectors of the GA community.

“From the SkyCatcher LSA to business jets, Jack has demonstrated his leadership and visionary thinking,” Poberezny said. “As an active pilot and engineer, Jack has the unique ability to communicate with pilots on a wide variety of subjects. Whether he’s flying a Citation or a Cessna 206, he’s able to demonstrate professionalism combined with a passion for flying. He truly understands the needs and requirements of aviation consumers.

“It will be interesting to see what he does next. I hope he stays engaged in aviation.”

A search for his successor is underway, and Scott C. Donnelly, chairman and CEO of Cessna parent Textron, will run the business until a successor is named.

“Under Jack’s leadership, Cessna achieved many significant program and product milestones and strengthened its position as a thought leader in the aviation industry,” Donnelly said in a Textron news release. “We appreciate Jack’s efforts and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

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