FlightSafety International last week announced that Brad Thress has joined the company as President and CEO. He assumes this responsibility from David Davenport who has left FlightSafety.
Brad joins FlightSafety from Textron Aviation where he most recently served as Senior Vice President, Global Parts, Program and Flight Operations, and the President of Able Aerospace. Prior to this assignment, he served as vice president, Component Operation under the Integrated Supply Chain group. He joined Cessna in 1992 as a demonstration pilot. He became product marketing manager for the Citation X business jet in 1996 and was promoted to program manager in 1999 for development and certification of the Citation Sovereign. In 2002 he advanced to senior product director, responsible for the production line start-up for the Sovereign. Brad assumed the position of vice president, Quality in 2003, responsible for FAA compliance, process control and variation reduction initiatives. Brad served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force prior to joining Cessna and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration degreee from Baker University. He is a certified Textron Six Sigma Green Belt and holds several Citation type ratings.