May 31, 2011
Textron today announced that Scott A. Ernest has been named president and chief executive officer of Cessna Aircraft Company. Ernest succeeds Jack J. Pelton, whose retirement from the company was announced on May 2.
Ernest joins Textron as a 29-year veteran of General Electric Company, where he most recently served as vice president and general manager, global supply chain for GE Aviation.
Previously, Ernest was vice president and general manager, global services operations for GE Aviation's $6 billion services business.
His career at GE Aviation also includes several general manager roles ranging from overseeing its sourcing organization to responsibility for its North American operations and large aviation services businesses located in Singapore and Strother Field, Kansas.
Ernest earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and a master of science degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati.