EAA Expands Search For Next President

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EAA is moving forward with its effort to find a new president, and international executive search firm Korn/Ferry has been selected to help find and screen potential candidates, the organization announced last week. EAA also invited members and anyone else with an interest in the search to suggest names. Tom Poberezny announced in March that a new president would be chosen for the group, which has had only two presidents -- Tom and his father, Paul -- in its 50-year-plus history. The next president was expected to be named at EAA AirVenture, but that deal fell apart, and Poberezny told AVweb in October the failed attempt generated debate among board members. (Click here to listen to the full podcast interview with AVweb's Russ Niles.) Poberezny also said the board is more concerned with getting the right person than with meeting a deadline. Korn/Ferry's job posting features a long list of responsibilities, including providing leadership and direction to the staff, developing annual and long-range plans, and eventually taking over the planning for AirVenture.

Candidates also must meet a long list of qualifications, including an aeronautical background -- "preferably an EAA member, an active general aviation pilot, and a person who has attended AirVenture." Maintaining EAA's unique culture and taking the organization forward are among the prime qualities needed in the next president, Poberezny said. The successful candidate also must be ready and willing to move to Oshkosh. Tom Poberezny has assumed the EAA chairman's role and is acting as president until a successor fills that position.