Piper Aircraft Inc. named Simon Caldecott vice president of Operations, responsible for Manufacturing Operations, Manufacturing Engineering, Sustaining Engineering and Supply Chain.
With more than 36 years in aviation, Caldecott is a seasoned operations and manufacturing executive with international experience at the senior level in Europe and the United States. Joining Piper in 2009 as chief of production for Piper’s new jet, he was extensively involved in preliminary design and manufacturing processes.
Prior to Piper, Caldecott was vice president Assembly Integration and Testing with Raytheon Aircraft and more recently vice president assembly operations with that company’s successor Hawker Beechcraft. His education includes studies in Aeronautical Engineering in Wales, and programs in Business Management at the London School of Business and the Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Caldecott worked as a design engineer for British Aerospace on development of the Hawker mid-size business jet, rising to be responsible for manufacturing, assembly, flight testing and completion of Hawkers. He also completed Lean Training with Kawasaki, which included touring Japanese manufacturing facilities to better understand how Lean is successfully applied across products from automotive to aerospace.
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