President and Chief Executive Officer
Simon Caldecott was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Piper Aircraft in October 2011. One of his first initiatives was to re-commit the company to manufacture advanced pilot training aircraft. He joined Piper in 2009 and was formerly the Vice President of Operations. With over 40 years in aviation, Caldecott is a seasoned and successful aerospace executive with international experience at the senior level in European and North American companies. Prior to joining Piper, Caldecott was Vice President of Assembly Integration and Testing with Raytheon Aircraft and more recently Vice President Assembly Operations with that company’s successor, Hawker Beechcraft. Caldecott is a Green Belt in the Six Sigma process improvement program. His education includes studies in Aeronautical Engineering in Wales and programs in Business Management at the London School of Business and the Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Caldecott worked as a design engineer for British Aerospace on development of the Hawker midsize business jet, rising to be responsible for manufacturing, assembly, flight testing and completion of Hawkers. He also completed Lean Training with Kawasaki, which included studying and touring Japanese manufacturing facilities to better understand how Lean is successfully applied across products from automotive to aerospace. Caldecott has an extensive track record of success in guiding cultural change within sophisticated manufacturing companies. Under his leadership, Piper introduced a new aircraft, the M600, in 2016, a derivative of the Piper Meridian which was introduced in 2000.
Mr. Caldecott is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Vero Beach Chamber of Commerce having served from 2011 to 2017. Additionally he is very active with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) as a member of its Board of Directors, and was the 2016 GAMA Vice Chairman and GAMA Chairman for 2017. He further served as the Chairman of the GAMA Safety and Accident Investigation Committee from 2014 to 2016
He also sits on the Advisory Board for PEGASAS, The Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS), a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Center of Excellence for General Aviation.