GAMA continues search for new president

 - January 26, 2007, 10:43 AM

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is still searching for a replacement for former president and CEO Ed Bolen, and the board of directors has hired the international executive search firm of Heidrick & Struggles to assist in the effort.

Bolen resigned from GAMA after he accepted the position of president and CEO of NBAA, a position he took over officially on September 7. Since then, Ron Swanda, GAMA’s senior v-p of operations, has been serving as GAMA’s interim president. Clayton Jones, chairman, president and CEO of Rockwell Collins, is chairman of GAMA’s search committee.

Asked when the association might choose Bolen’s successor, Swanda said he asked the board “to do it right and not fast, but certainly the sooner the better.” He has said he is not a candidate for the permanent post.