Cessna Aircraft Company's Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Russ Meyer, has announced the company's
transition of leadership to Charlie Johnson, effective immediately.
Johnson will have full operations responsibility for Cessna and
will report directly to Textron Executive Vice President and Chief
Operating Officer Steve Loranger.
"For more than 20 years, Charlie has been a major contributor to
the success of our company. His vast knowledge of the
aviation industry, Cessna products, and a total commitment to
customers, makes Charlie the perfect choice to continue building on
Cessna's tradition of producing the finest aircraft with the best
customer service in the industry. Under his leadership, I am
confident we will emerge from the current economic uncertainty with
new and improved products ready to serve a growing aviation
market," said Cessna Chairman and CEO Russ Meyer.
From The Ground Up
Johnson originally joined Cessna in 1979 as manager of
production flight test. He served in a variety of positions in
quality control and product support before being named Vice
President, Aircraft Completion and Product Support in 1988. He was
promoted to Senior Vice President, Operations in 1993, Executive
Vice President of Operations in 1995, and was named President and
Chief Operating Officer in 1997. Johnson began his aviation career
after completing U.S. Air Force pilot training in 1968. He
accumulated over 1,000 hours of military flight time in the F-105,
serving in combat in Southeast Asia. He holds Airline Transport and
Instructor Pilot Certificates with type ratings in all Citation
models and has logged over 14,000 hours of commercial flight time.
Johnson is a member of the Kansas Business Roundtable, Wichita
Metro YMCA Board of Directors, and is President of the Kansas
Technical Training Initiative Board of Directors.
Charlie and his wife, Gayle, live in Andover, Kansas, and have
two grown daughters.