Former Cessna Chief Pelton Takes New Position

By: Wichita Business Journal Email
By: Wichita Business Journal Email

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October 22, 2012

Jack Pelton, the former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Co., is now the new chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wis.

Pelton, who retired from Cessna last year, will be helping EAA find a new president and CEO, among other things.

On Monday, EAA announced its current president and CEO, Rod Hightower, is resigning.

In a post on the association’s website that also noted Pelton’s election by the EAA Board of Directors, Hightower said he would be moving back to St. Louis to be closer to his family.

Hightower said when he originally took the job two years ago, his intention was to move his family to Wisconsin. However, he said, ties to the various schools his five children are in made such a move too difficult.

As for Pelton, it seemed only a matter of time before he took on another leadership role in the aviation industry. In fact, he is so highly thought of that a reader’s survey from Aviation International News earlier this year pegged Pelton as the top choice to be the next administrator of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.

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