Norman Happ Takes ATP Helm as Rick Noble Retires

 - March 4, 2022, 9:58 AM
Aircraft Technical Publishers appointed software industry veteran Norman Happ as its new chief executive officer, succeeding Rick Noble. (Photo: ATP)

Aircraft Technical Publishers (ATP) has a new CEO. The aviation software services and information provider announced yesterday it has appointed Norman Happ to the role, succeeding Rick Noble, who is retiring.

Happ has 25 years of experience as a leader in the software and software-as-a-service industries, most recently as CEO of EZ Texting, a business messaging platform that he led to “a significant acceleration” in growth and profitability, according to ATP. Before EZ Texting, Happ served in a variety of executive roles at Intuit in sales, customer support, and marketing, as well as at Evernote and H&R Block.

“ATP is incredibly fortunate to attract an executive with Norm’s experience and reputation as a team builder with a strong track record for growing high-performance companies,” said Noble. “His proven ability to work collaboratively with management teams, drive impressive revenue growth, and manage the increased complexity of a large-scale, fast-growing software enterprise will be incredibly valuable for ATP.”

Noble will remain a member of ATP's board of directors. Separately, Noble said in a LinkedIn post yesterday he informed ATP’s private equity owners, Accel-KKR and ParkerGale, in August that he planned to retire. Noble said in the post he didn’t realize the effect traveling nearly every week for 20 years had on his family until the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Being able to work from home for the most part since March 2020 opened my eyes to what I was missing,” Noble wrote. “My wife Kim has been incredible through it all, but the thought of getting back on the road and leaving her with our 14-year-old twin girls for most of every week (again!) was something none of us wanted.”