MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 2014-03-11 — /Travel PR News/ — TravelPRNews.com, a leading travel press release distribution and news-wire service, runs an initiative aimed at discovering and giving greater exposure to travel industry leaders that stay behind any great achievement and success within the travel and leisure industry.
This month our analysts team of travel and PR experts focused on the business jets industry in an effort to uncover and honor who’s running the most successful corporate jet makers in the world.
TravelPRNews.com’s ranking of the business jet manufacturers’ CEOs is largely based on the top 10 jet-propelled aircraft list as compiled by the leading reviewer bestofluxury.com in February 2014. The full best private jet list can be obtained over here: http://private-jet.bestofluxury.com/best-private-jet.
Bestofluxury.com appears to have spent considerable resources and efforts in independently evaluating and ranking the top 10 jet-propelled aircraft in the private jet sector. Based on their credible research TravelPRNews.com’s analysts team of PR and travel experts were able to recognize the leadership of the managers behind the success achieved by those corporate jet manufacturers.
Here is the list of the top corporate jet manufacturers’ executives to be honored as compiled by and according to TravelPRNews.com’s analysts team solely based on the top ten business jets as reviewed by Bestofluxury.com.
Having one of the industry’s most concentrated readership of high-profile travel execs, managers, influencers and leaders, TravelPRNews.com is now encouraging you to cast your own votes below to name who do you think is the best among them all. Voting ends on December 31, 2014. A separate press release will then be issued by TravelPRNews.com to announce the ranking according our readership.
1. The number 1 spot goes for Scott A. Ernest [Vote], President & CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company, for their Cessna Citation Mustang & Cessna Citation XLS+.
Scott A. Ernest became president and chief executive officer of Cessna Aircraft Company, the leading worldwide manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. Before leading Cessna, Ernest had a 29-year career at General Electric (GE) Aviation, a leading provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft.
He most recently served as vice president and general manager, global supply chain. Prior to that, he was vice president and general manager, global services operations. Earlier in his career at GE Aviation, Ernest provided leadership in several general manager roles, including management of its sourcing organization, responsibility for its North American operations and oversight of its large aviation services businesses located in Singapore and Kansas.
Ernest earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and a master of science degree in engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
2. The number 2 place is for Michimasa Fujino [Vote], President & CEO Honda Aircraft Company for their HondaJet.
Michimasa Fujino is a Japanese engineer and businessman, the founding president & CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, the Honda subsidiary responsible for Honda’s overall airframe business strategy, and the further development, sales promotion and production of the innovative HondaJet.
Prior to leading the formation of Honda Aircraft Company, Fujino-san was a vice president with Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and the Large Project Leader for the HondaJet program based in Greensboro, North Carolina. In this capacity, he led all engineering tasks from design through experimental verification, fabrication and flight testing of the HondaJet. Fujino-san joined Honda R&D Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1984, after graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in aeronautical engineering.
He spent the first two years of his career in the automobile research division working on the development of a new electrical control steering system. Fujino-san was then assigned to a research project in the field of aviation.
3. The number 3 spot is given to Frederico Fleury Curado [Vote], President and CEO of Embraer S.A., for their Embraer Lineage 1000.
Frederico Fleury Curado is the president and CEO of Embraer S.A. since 2007. Mr. Curado began his career in 1984 as a manufacturing engineer at Pratt & Whitney Canada.
In 1995, he joined Embraer as an executive officer, initially in the capacity of executive vice president for planning and organizational development, and then as executive vice president for the airline market, a position he held from 1998 until his appointment as CEO.
Curado has been awarded the Medal for Aeronautical Merit by the Brazilian government and the Medal for Merit by the Brazilian Association of Military Engineering.Mr. Curado received his BE in Mechanical-Aeronautical Engineering from Brazil’s Aeronautics Technological Institute (Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica – ITA).
He has a post-graduate degree in Foreign Trade from the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Fundacao Getulio Vargas – FGV) and an International Executive MBA degree from the University of Sao Paulo (Universidade de Sao Paulo – USP).
4. Number 4 spot is awarded to the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. Pierre Beaudoin [Vote] for the company’s super-midsize corporate jet Bombardier Challenger 300.
Pierre Beaudoin is President and CEO of Bombardier Inc. He joined Bombardier’s Marine Products Division in 1985, was named Vice President of Product Development for Bombardier’s Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo Division in 1990, Executive Vice President of the same division in 1992, and President in 1994.
In April 1996, Mr. Beaudoin was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Bombardier’s Recreational Products Group with operational responsibility for six product lines: marine products (Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats), snowmobiles (the Ski-Doo product line), Bombardier ATVs, the Bombardier NV, utility vehicles, and Bombardier-Rotax engine facility located in Austria.
In February 2001, Mr. Beaudoin assumed duties as President of the Business Aircraft Division at Bombardier Aerospace. He was named President and COO of Bombardier Aerospace in October that same year, where he took over responsibility for all operations and product divisions of the Corporation’s aerospace business. During his tenure, he built a world-class culture by emphasizing customer focus, employee engagement and continuous improvement. He also led the program launch of Bombardier’s largest commercial aircraft, the CSeries mainliners.
Pierre Beaudoin was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bombardier Inc. in June 2008.
5. The number 5 position is occupied by Peter Maurer [Vote], President and CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH for their Diamond D-Jet.
Peter Maurer is President of Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH. Peter has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc. since 2000. From 1993 to 2000, Peter held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc., including Manager of Quality Assurance and Airworthiness, Engineering Manager, Technical Director and Director of Operations. Prior to joining Diamond Aircraft Industries, Peter held several positions with MBB Helicopter Canada/Eurocopter Canada, including Quality Engineer, Manager of Quality Assurance, Manager of Quality Assurance and Airworthiness and Director of Product Integrity.
Peter Maurer is a member of the Executive Board of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (“GAMA”), a member of the Board of Trustees of the University Aviation Association (“UAA”) and a member of the Board of Directors of Diamond Aircraft Industries, Inc.
Peter Maurer has been a Director of Park Electrochemical Corp., since October 25, 2012. Mr. Maurer received a Bachelor of Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
6. The 6th place is presented to Dale Klapmeier [Vote], Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cirrus Aircraft, for the Cirrus Aircraft Vision SF50.
Dale Klapmeier co-founded Cirrus in 1984 and is currently the company’s CEO.
Dale, along with his brother Alan, has been the recipient of numerous aviation industry awards including the 2007 Dr. Godfrey L Cabot Award, the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) 2007 Freedom of Flight Award, Airport Journal’s 2006 “Living Legends” Aviation Entrepreneurs of the Year, EAA August Raspet Air Safety Foundation 2005 Admiral de Florez Award and 2004 Ernst and Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for Manufacturing.
Dale is involved with many aviation boards and programs such as the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle Program and the Red Tail Project, which is restoring a Tuskegee Airmen P51 Mustang. As a private pilot, he has logged more than 4,300 hours of flight time. Dale holds degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.
7. The position #7 is for Linden Blue [Vote], Chairman and CEO of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC., for the Spectrum Aeronautical S-33 Independence.
Linden Blue is Chairman and CEO of Spectrum Aeronautical, LLC.
He was formerly the President and CEO of Beech Aircraft Corporation, where he directed the initial development of the first FAA certified advanced composite business aircraft.
As Executive Vice President and General Manager of Learjet, he was instrumental in defining and developing the winglet configured line of Learjets.
Mr. Blue has logged over 10,000 hours as pilot in command, and is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
8. Mason Holland [Vote], CEO and Chairman of the Board of Eclipse Aerospace Inc., wins the #8 position with the Eclipse Aerospace Total Eclipse 500.
Mason Holland is the CEO and Chairman of the Board, for Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. In 2009, Mr. Holland created Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. and currently leads a team in the recreation of service, support and eventually new production of the Eclipse 500 Twin Engine Jet.
In addition to his role at Eclipse, Mr. Holland is also the co-founder and Chairman of Benefitfocus.com, Inc., the largest provider of online benefits enrollment software in the country. Benefitfocus.com is a ‘software as a service company’ and serves and exchanges data independently with over 500 insurance carriers and over twenty million insured individuals.
Prior to Benefitfocus, Mr. Holland founded American Pensions, Inc., a full service pension administration and investment advisory firm where he served as Chairman and President until its sale to a Southeast Regional bank in 2003. Mr. Holland serves as a director of numerous professional, civic and non-profit boards.
In addition, Mr. Holland is a commercial rated pilot.
9. The #9 spot has been earned by Bill Boisture [Vote], CEO of Beechcraft, for Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 750.
Bill Boisture is the CEO of Beechcraft Corp. Boisture has more than 30 years of aviation experience. Prior to his current role with Beechcraft, he was the President of Intrepid Aviation, a privately held commercial aircraft lessor, and a senior advisor for aerospace at The Carlyle Group.
Boisture is the former President of NetJets, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and British Aerospace Corporate Jets (a forerunner to Hawker), and the former Chairman and CEO of Butler Aviation.
Boisture was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and graduated from the USAF Fighter Weapons School and the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (“Topgun” school). He was honorably discharged as a major after 11 years of service.
Boisture was on the board of directors for the Association of Graduates of the Air Force Academy for eight years and continues as trustee of the Falcon Foundation and as a member of World Presidents’ Organization. He also serves on the board of Landmark Aviation, one of the nation’s largest fixed-based operator networks.
He earned a bachelor’s in engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s in business administration from the University of New Haven. Boisture has a commercial instrument rating and continues to be an active pilot, logging more than 500 hours in the past two years.
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