Cessna Aircraft Co. has reported changes to the company’s 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. He will be succeeded by Eric Salander, who is joining Cessna from parent company Textron, where he currently serves as executive director, Financial Planning & Analysis. Prior to this assignment, Salander worked for Textron Financial Corp., 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.
In another move, Ron Alberti, senior vice president of integrated supply chain, will assume a new role responsible for the transition of work from the Columbus, Ga., and Wichita facilities 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, company officials said.
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 become effective Feb. 1.
For more information: Cessna.com.