Vero Beach, Fla., Dec. 12, 2011 - Piper Aircraft Inc. named two seasoned executives to lead the company's sales, customer support and marketing programs. Both will report to Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.
Drew McEwen will become Head of Global Sales and Business Development, responsible for the company's worldwide dealer network, regional sales directors and global fleet sales. Previously he was Director of Sales, Americas.
Veteran Piper executive Lisa Giessert will become Head of Sales Administration and Customer Support, responsible for Sales Administration, Marketing, Customer Support and Aftermarket Business. She previously served in a series of increasingly more responsible roles in support of Piper sales activities throughout the world.
"Drew McEwen and Lisa Giessert are respected executives with extensive industry sales experience and expansive knowledge of Piper's dealer and service center support network," said Caldecott. "They have established solid relationships with our important dealer organization and can be expected to expand our footprint as Piper grows as a global force in aviation." Both will be located at Piper's headquarters in Vero Beach.
McEwen joined Piper in 2010 to lead the company's expansion of the dealer network in the Americas. Previously he was a long-time sales executive with Hawker Beechcraft Corp., where he was the highest single sales producer in Beechcraft history, selling more than $1
billion in aircraft. He held a number of senior sales and marketing positions during his years with that company. McEwen is a pilot with 1,900 flight hours with twin and instrument ratings. He earned a bachelor's in communication from Arizona State University.
Giessert began her aviation career at Piper nearly 20 years ago and has risen steadily through the ranks to become a member of senior management. She served in a variety of management roles to include Executive Assistant, Executive Office Manager, Contracts Coordinator, Warranty Manager, Parts Administration Director, Dealer Development Manager and Sales/Contracts Administration Director. Prior to Piper Aircraft her professional experience was primarily focused in real estate management and land development. She received a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in business professional management from Nova Southeastern University.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft, Inc. is headquartered in Vero Beach, Florida.
A global force in aviation, Piper is an investment of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Brunei. The company offers efficient single-engine and twin-engine trainer, personal and business aircraft. With economical acquisition and operating costs, Piper airplanes deliver the best value available today and into the future. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Drew McEwen will work to maximize long-term Piper sales and help dealers and the dealer network.
He will continue to report to President and CEO Simon Caldecott and serve on the Company's Executive Leadership Team.
Piper will bring a mockup of its new single-engine PiperJet business aircraft featuring a larger and improved cabin and sporting a new name that will be announced on the first day of the show.
While fourth quarter and full-year Piper deliveries will not be announced until February 2011, production activity during 2010 was up by more than 75 percent compared to 2009.