Piper gets a new president

James K. Bass became the new president and CEO of New Piper Aircraft, Inc. Sept. 12. Described by Piper’s board as “an experienced senior executive with more than 25 years of leadership roles in engineering and manufacturing,” he replaced Chuck Suma, who joined the company’s board of directors as vice chairman. Suma will continue to work with dealers, customers and regulatory agencies in his new role.


Bass said his top priorities are commitment to the Piper team, customer and shareholder support and satisfaction, product excellence, and focused growth in revenue and market share.

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