Just a few weeks after CEO Jack Pelton left the company, Cessna has a new leader, Scott Ernest, who was formerly with GE Aviation. "Scott is a talented global business leader who has strong expertise in the aviation industry," said Scott Donnelly, CEO of Textron, Cessna's parent company. "Accelerating Cessna's new product and service development, strengthening its manufacturing and sourcing operations, and intensifying its global expansion efforts are key to moving Cessna forward. Scott brings an extensive track record of success in these areas along with a reputation as an outstanding leader. I am confident that he is the ideal person to position Cessna for growth as the business jet market gains momentum."
Ernest spent 29 years at General Electric, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager of the global supply chain for GE Aviation. He has a master's degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati. AOPA President Craig Fuller released a statement welcoming Ernest to his new role. "Cessna has long been a leader in the general aviation manufacturing community, and I am confident we will have many opportunities to collaborate as we address the challenges and seize the opportunities facing general aviation today and into the future," Fuller said.