Fuller To Step Down At AOPA

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AOPA announced today that President and CEO Craig Fuller is stepping down and the search is now on for his replacement. Fuller became president in 2009, taking over from Phil Boyer. Fuller is just the fourth president of the organization in its 75-year history. He will stay on until a replacement is found. An AOPA news release says Fuller committed to five years in the job and with the end point approaching it's time for the search for another leader to begin. "The process of finding a new leader can now go forward as all of us at AOPA roll up our sleeves to fight the day to day battles that seem to keep coming our way," said Fuller. "The team will not miss a beat this year as we lay the groundwork for the future." Board Chairman William Trimble III thanked Fuller for his service, saying he "served nobly and professionally."

Fuller is 62 and said he's been flying since he was 17 and the time is right to "consider new opportunities." The announcement appears to have taken the other alphabet groups by surprise and as of the issuance of this bulletin there had been no published reaction to the resignation.

Read AOPA's press release here. (PDF)