Gould Out As Piper CEO

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There has been another major change in the executive suite at Piper Aircraft and this time it's in the corner office. CEO Kevin Gould has apparently resigned and will be replaced in the interim by Geoffrey Berger, who is the managing director of the Brunei operations of Imprimus, the fund management company that took over Piper in 2009 on behalf of the government of Brunei. A search for a permanent replacement is now on. Imprimus Managing Partner Stephen Berger (yes, we noticed the names, too) said Gould is credited with revamping Piper's manufacturing processes, keeping development of the PiperJet moving and smoothing the transition of ownership last year. And without saying why he quit, Gould said he was proud of his accomplishments at Piper. "It is with a great deal of pride that I leave my friends and colleagues in the Piper family, dealers, customers and investors," Gould said. " I am very optimistic about Piper's future in the world's aviation industry." Gould's departure is among a series of shuffles at Piper in recent months.

Earlier this month, longtime Piper media spokesman Mark Miller left the company. Miller owns a PR company called the Carlisle Group and represents other non-aviation companies. Piper decided to take their media functions in-house as part of the marketing department. Last month Piper hired Randy Groom as an executive vice president.