Chief Operating Officer
James W. Funk joined Piper as Vice President of Operations in January 2013, responsible for aircraft manufacturing operations, production engineering, logistics and quality. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer in August 2015 and, as such, has expanded his responsibilities to include Engineering. He brings nearly 30 years of operations management, manufacturing engineering and program leadership experience to Piper’s senior leadership team. Funk has held many leadership positions in electronics and the aerospace industry. Before joining Piper, Funk was Bombardier Learjet’s General Manager of Operations for the Learjet 85 program. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Operations for Hawker Beechcraft Corp. and its predecessor, Raytheon Aircraft. He was responsible for the company’s turboprop and piston programs.
Funk holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Trenton State College in Trenton, N.J., and has completed numerous advanced courses in leadership, quality and manufacturing disciplines.