Continental Names Robert Stoppek As CEO


Continental Aerospace Technologies has appointed Robert Stoppek as its new CEO, replacing Michael Skolnik, who will remain on as COO. Prior to this post, Stoppek had been CEO of Waukesha Engine, which produced large ground-power engines as a subsidiary of GE Distributed Power; it was closed in the summer of 2019.

“I am honored and energized by the opportunity to lead Continental Aerospace Technologies and help build upon its strong 115 year history of delivering excellence,” said Stoppek. “I look forward to working closely with the leadership and team members to provide quality products and services to our customers.” Stoppek will join Continental at something of a crossroads, while the company ramps up new manufacturing capabilities at a revitalized facility in Mobile, Alabama, and seeks to get traction for its CD-series, Jet A-burning piston diesels. Continental produces certified versions of traditional Continental designs as well as both certified and experimental versions of Lycoming designs it acquired after purchasing Engine Components Inc., in 2015.

“We are pleased to welcome Robert as our new CEO,” said Mr. Fu Fangxing, chairman of Continental Aerospace Technologies Limited. “Robert is an experienced CEO who has excelled at navigating along a strategic-tactical continuum and is well-positioned to lead Continental’s continued transformation. He has had a successful career in transformative roles driving results, initiating and driving change, innovating during technology shifts, and strengthening commercial and operational performance. Rob’s strong business acumen, international experience, integrity, and passion for general aviation will provide him with the knowledge and understanding to drive Continental to be the leader in general aviation.” 

Marc Cook
KITPLANES Editor in Chief Marc Cook has been in aviation journalism for more than 30 years. He is a 4000-hour instrument-rated, multi-engine pilot with experience in nearly 150 types. He’s completed two kit aircraft, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP and a Glasair Sportsman 2+2, and currently flies a 2002 GlaStar.

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