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Textron Aviation chief engineer promoted to Bell; shuffles senior leadership

Textron Aviation this week named Brad Thress as its new senior vice president of engineering. Thress was among three senior leadership position changes at the maker of Beechcraft and Cessna airplanes and jets.
Textron Aviation this week named Brad Thress as its new senior vice president of engineering. Thress was among three senior leadership position changes at the maker of Beechcraft and Cessna airplanes and jets. Courtesy photo

Textron Aviation has made changes in its senior leadership of engineering and sales and marketing.

In a letter from Textron Aviation chief executive Scott Ernest, the Wichita-based manufacturer of Beechcraft and Cessna airplanes and jets said that Brad Thress has been named senior vice president of engineering and Rob Scholl has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Thress, who has been with the company since 1992, comes to the engineering position from customer service, where he was senior vice president. He replaces Michael Thacker, who has been hired by sister company Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth as its executive vice president of technology and innovation, according to a separate statement from Textron Aviation.

Kriya Shortt has been appointed senior vice president of customer service. She was previously senior vice president of sales and marketing. Shortt started her career in customer service and moved into sales and marketing in 2003, according to the company.

Scholl, who replaces Shortt, was previously vice president of parts and programs. His background at Textron Aviation includes vice president of marketing and regional vice president of sales.

“As Brad, Kriya and Rob step into their new roles, I’m confident their leadership and talents will help us deliver an unparalleled experience for our entire customer base,” Ernest said in the letter.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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