BASEL / April 1, 2019 – Jet Aviation announces that Dave Paddock has been appointed as the new President of the Jet Aviation Group, effective July 1, 2019. Paddock succeeds Rob Smith, who has served the company in this role since 2014. Smith is leaving Jet Aviation to join General Dynamics’Marine Systems business unit.
A 20-year industry veteran, David Paddock joined Jet Aviation in January 2007 as vice president of business development and strategic planning. He was appointed to his current position of SVP Regional Operations USA in January 2015, where he is responsible for acquisitions, facility expansions and the entire portfolio of Jet services. Prior to joining Jet Aviation, Paddock served as Vice President and Managing Officer for SH&E, specializing in business aviation strategy, market analysis and planning. He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in environmental engineering and is active with many industry organizations, including GAMA, MEBAA and The Wings Club.
“As regional lead for the Americas and a valued member of the Jet leadership team, Dave has overseen thecompany’s Dulles and Avjet acquisitions, as well the facility expansions in Bedford, Palm Beach, Van Nuys and Teterboro,” said Smith. “I have every confidence that Dave will continue to do great things for ourcustomers, our shareholders and our employees moving forward. I wish him and the leadership team every continued success.”
Phebe N. Novakovic, General Dynamics’ chairman and chief executive officer, said, “With Dave Paddock’sin-depth understanding of Jet Aviation, he will ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ needs across Jet’s portfolio.”
General Dynamics appointed Robert E. Smith executive vice president of its Marine Systems segment, effective July 1. Smith succeeds John P. Casey, who will retire on June 30.