NBAA Names New President

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GAMA's Ed Bolen To Take Top Job...

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced on Thursday that it has chosen Ed Bolen as its new president and CEO. Bolen currently is president and CEO of the General Aviation and Manufacturers Association (GAMA). "Ed is held in high regard by leaders across the political spectrum for the many valuable contributions he has made to the aviation industry," said NBAA search committee director Kenneth Emerick. "His selection from more than 50 outstanding candidates underscores the board's belief that he is the right person to build on NBAA's proud history, and lead it into the future." Bolen takes the place of ex-president Shelley Longmuir, who left the position on April 1 after only nine months on the job. When Longmuir left, so did Bob Warren, executive vice president and COO, who had been hired by Longmuir. Two longtime NBAA staffers, Bob Blouin and Cassandra Bosco, who had earlier announced their resignations, later decided to stay. As AVweb's BizAv reported in April, Warren publicly raised what he called "troubling management issues" about the organization's leadership, and the NBAA responded that Warren's "version of events contains wholesale misrepresentations of role, fact and emphasis." Donald Baldwin has served as the NBAA's interim president and CEO since April, and will continue until Bolen begins his new job on Sept. 7.