Wed, Jul 29, 2009
Tom Poberezny's Successor Not Likely To Be Named Soon
ANN has been following internal
details surrounding the search for a successor for EAA Chairman of
the Board/President Tom Poberezny for a number of weeks, and it
appears that what has become a very "political" process has reached
a major snag.
A source close to the committee in charge of the successor
search informs Aero-News that what might have resulted in Tom's
replacement being named as early as this week will now not happen
The front-runner for this position, GAMA Boss Pete Bunce was
considered to have been pretty well vetted and locked in until
recently. However; internal correspondence from Poberezny confirms
reports that have circulated in the last 24 hours... that Bunce has
taken himself out of consideration due to the fact that he feels
that he can not get the breadth of support he thinks he would need
to take on this position.
In a Tuesday afternoon email, Tom Poberezny informed EAA's
senior advisors and board members that "Earlier today, Pete Bunce
advised the EAA that he withdrew his name from consideration for
the EAA’s president position. He wanted a
unanimous vote of support from the Board and believed this was
unlikely at the upcoming Board meeting. As a result, the EAA search
for a new president is ongoing..."
Since the search appeared to be winding down, and a number of
top prospects had been passed over in favor of Bunce, a Thursday
morning board meeting will reportedly start the process anew.
As noted, ANN has been monitoring a great number of details
surrounding this matter (and some associated actions) for quite
some time. We're in the process of digesting this data for the
moment and are preparing an analysis for the near future, as the
succession program for a future EAA now seems to have taken on even
more problematic dimensions.
With the AOPA succession at the beginning of the year (from Phil
Boyer to Craig Fuller) now getting mixed reviews, EAA is that much
more "on the bubble" in their need to make the best
possible succession and to assure that EAA remains a reasonably
powerful force in the aviation community.
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