Cessna Announces Senior Leadership Changes

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January 21, 2010

Cessna Aircraft Company today announced changes to its Senior Leadership Team.

After nearly 40 years in finance, the last 14 of which with Cessna, Mike Shonka, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is retiring.

“Mike has had a great influence on our fiscal strategy and been a strong asset to Cessna and to Textron,” said Jack Pelton, Cessna chairman, president and CEO. “We thank him for his dedication and wish him the very best.”

Shonka will be succeeded by Eric Salander, who is joining Cessna from Textron where he currently serves as executive director, Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to this assignment, Salander worked for Textron Financial Corporation, holding a number of senior-level positions of increasing responsibility including senior vice president, Finance. He has held several other accounting or analysis positions at companies such as Raytheon and Ernst & Young. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and a master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Rhode Island.

Cessna also announced that Ron Alberti, senior vice president of Integrated Supply Chain will assume a new role responsible for the previously announced transition of work from Columbus, Ga. and Wichita to Cessna’s facility in Mexico. He also will oversee Skycatcher production in Shenyang, China to ensure a smooth transition to high-rate production for the 162 Skycatcher program.

Eric Cardinali, currently president of Bell Helicopter, Canada, also a business unit of Textron, will succeed Alberti as Cessna’s senior vice president of Integrated Supply Chain.

Cardinali has held several key leadership roles at Textron companies including plant manager at Jacobson, and director of operations and vice president, Integrated Supply Chain at E-Z-Go. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

The new appointments will become effective February 1.

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