Textron Taps Former GE Aviation Exec To Lead Cessna

 - May 31, 2011, 8:27 AM

Textron announced today that it has named Scott Ernest president and CEO of its Cessna Aircraft subsidiary. He succeeds Jack Pelton, who unexpectedly “retired” from Cessna on May 2, just 12 days after Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly called the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer’s first-quarter financial results “disappointing.” Cessna posted a $38 million loss in the quarter, mostly due to higher-than-expected costs in ramping up Citation CJ4 production. Ernest, who started at Cessna today, joins the company as a 29-year veteran of General Electric, where he most recently served as GE Aviation’s vice president and general manager for global supply chain. Previously, Ernest was vice president and general manager for global services operations at GE Aviation’s services business. “[Ernest] is a talented global business leader who has strong expertise in the aviation industry,” said Donnelly. “Accelerating Cessna’s new product and service development, strengthening its manufacturing and sourcing operations and intensifying its global expansion efforts are key to moving Cessna forward. [He] brings an extensive track record of success in these areas along with a reputation as an outstanding leader. I am confident that he is the ideal person to position Cessna for growth as the business jet market gains momentum.”