Avid Pilot Takes Reins At Texas General Aviation Firm
Here's a bit of a surprise...
there's been a change in leadership at Mooney Aircraft. Gretchen L.
Jahn, founder and former Chief Executive Officer of two different
manufacturing and software companies, has been named CEO of the
Mooney Airplane Company. Ms. Jahn has served in a variety of senior
management roles prior to accepting her new post. She has been the
founder, CEO and Chairman of Aegis Analytical Corporation, a
manufacturer of quality compliance performance software for the
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology markets. Earlier, she formed and
led her own consulting company to guide manufacturing and other
firms in process and productivity improvements, ERP system
implementation, and positioning operations for growth.
”Gretchen has an extensive and impressive background in
building and managing successful businesses,” said Tom Gray,
managing director of the Mooney Airplane Company, in announcing
Jahn’s appointment. “We’ve strengthened our
management team by adding an experienced executive who blends
manufacturing and technology experience with a lifelong love for
aviation. She has earned a solid reputation during her career as an
excellent assessor of markets, competitive products, financial
projections and personnel and we are very pleased that she’s
bringing those skills to Mooney,” he added.
Gray went on to say that, “Gretchen will provide day to
day leadership as Mooney moves forward as ‘the symbol of
performance’ in general aviation. I will continue as Managing
Director, representing the investors and assisting with strategic
As an avid pilot for 20 years, she is a member of the 99s, the
Colorado Pilots Association, and on the Board of the Air Race
Classic, Inc. A resident of Eastlake, CO, Ms. Jahn will relocate to
Kerrville in the near future.
Jahn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Lawrence University in
Appleton, Wisconsin, and holds a master’s degree from the
University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. After beginning her
career as a senior software specialist at the Digital Equipment
Corporation, she developed and managed Information Technology
departments at two different companies before founding
Conformation, Inc., a software consulting business, in 1979. She
remained the firm’s president until merging it with Mile-High
Information Services in 1991. She remained a vice president and
principal of Mile-High until 1994, when she joined MIS, Inc. as
vice president of engineering.