Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Appoints Cessna Alum Russ Meyer III
WICHITA, Kan. (Feb. 20, 2008) – Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC), the world’s leading business, special-mission and trainer aircraft manufacturer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Russell (Russ) W. Meyer III as director of new product development, effective March 3, 2008. Meyer will be responsible for a number of new product development programs, including the management of risk sharing partners.
As Hawker Beechcraft continues to build and deliver one of the most advanced product lineups in the industry, Meyer will play a critical role in helping the company sustain its outstanding momentum in the competitive general-aviation market, through the development and design of state-of-the-art, innovative concepts.
“Russ has demonstrated exemplary leadership and product development program skills and we are very excited to have him on our team,” said Randy Nelson, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president, product development and engineering. “His rich experience and knowledge of the industry will help Hawker Beechcraft continue to deliver innovative new products to our many valued customers worldwide.”
Meyer comes to HBC from Cessna Aircraft Company, where he spent the last 13 years in a number of leadership roles with increasing responsibility. In his most recent position as program manager, he led the development and certification of the company’s new Citation Mustang. He also worked in aircraft sales and as Eastern division sales manager, where he managed the single engine piston aircraft sales and Cessna Pilot Center programs in the eastern United States and Canada.
Prior to Cessna, Meyer spent two years as a project pilot for Honeywell, Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz., where he was an avionics expert for customer support and training.
Meyer also served in the United States military as a flight lead F-16 pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation is the world’s leading business, special-mission and trainer aircraft manufacturer – designing, marketing and supporting aviation products and services for businesses, governments and individuals worldwide. The company’s headquarters and major facilities are located in Wichita, Kan., with operations in Salina, Kan.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Chester, England, U.K. The company leads the industry with a global network of over 100 factory-owned and authorized service centers. For more information, visit www.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
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