One of general aviation’s oldest alphabet groups, the Experimental Aircraft Association, has reshaped its organization to “to better fulfill its mission to grow participation in aviation.”
The changes include the addition of new positions, transfers of responsibilities, and the elimination of some positions, according to officials.
“This will strengthen our organization in several key areas to more effectively meet the needs of our members, donors and aviators,” said EAA President Rod Hightower. “We’ve made these moves after spending the past year reviewing EAA’s operations to best align them with the organization’s goals, and listening to many EAA members and supporters regarding the most valued areas of EAA.”
Among the senior leadership changes is the appointment of Jeff Skiles, first officer on the “Miracle on the Hudson” flight as Vice President, Chapters and Youth Education. Skiles has served for the past two years as Young Eagles co-chairman. He is tasked with expanding EAA’s global chapter network and Youth Education initiatives and programs.
Chad Jensen has been named manager of EAA’s Homebuilders Community. Jensen brings extensive homebuilding experience and aviation skills as EAA increases its knowledge and information capabilities for homebuilders and the amateur-built segment of aviation, said EAA officials, who note he will have extensive involvement with Flight Advisors, Tech Counselors and the passionate community of builders.
Heidi Strand of Blue Door Consulting in Oshkosh will lead EAA Marketing on an interim basis while EAA completes a search for Vice President of Marketing. Strand will lead EAA’s brand and marketing capabilities and also be responsible for EAA digital media properties and strategy.
Another new position yet to be filled is Vice President, AirVenture.
“Much thought and collaboration has been invested in the reshaping process to make EAA a stronger organization, better equipped to lead aviation and welcome the next generation of aviators,” Hightower said.
For more information: 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or EAA.org
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