Piper Board Names Calcagno Acting President And CEO


With the retirement of Simon Caldecott becoming effective last Friday, Piper Aircraft announced yesterday its board of directors had appointed John Calcagno acting president and CEO, effective immediately. Calcagno most recently served as Piper’s chief financial officer where he oversaw all financial reporting, treasury and cash management, information technology and enterprise resource planning. Caldecott was president and CEO for 10 years and oversaw significant increases in production at Vero Beach, Florida-based Piper Aircraft.

A U.S. Air Force veteran, Calcagno began his corporate career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University with a minor emphasis in Political Science and is a Certified Public Accountant. His career includes stints with The Acerra Consortium, Alltel (Supply) Communications Products, Coca-Cola and C.R. Bard, before joining Piper 11 years ago. His areas of expertise include finance, operations, distribution and sales.

“I know that I speak for everyone at Piper Aircraft,” Calcagno said, “in thanking Simon for his leadership and tireless dedication to the company. We have an exceptionally talented team at Piper Aircraft that is focused on taking decisive action to transform the business, continuing to innovate our products in new and diverse ways, and unlocking future growth opportunities.”

Mark Phelps
Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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          We do plan on doing voluntary ECIs on the other two club planes, and at least two other people I know will be doing the same on their aircraft. The aircraft we inspected was only done because the original logbooks were lost in a fire, but otherwise it would not have been required to be inspected.

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          • Since the AD has the ECI done with the wings still attached, it does include the spar carry-through holes too.

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