General Dynamics names Robert Smith as president of Jet Aviation


Rob Smith of Jet Aviation

General Dynamics announces the appointment of Robert Smith as president of Jet Aviation.
Rob Smith, Jet Aviation

Rob Smith is the new president of Jet Aviation.

General Dynamics, the owner of Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, has announced that Robert Smith has been appointed as president of Jet Aviation, reporting to Joseph Lombardo, executive vice president of the company’s aerospace group.

Smith has been the vice president and chief financial officer of Jet Aviation since July 2012 and will succeed Daniel Clare, who has been appointed chief financial officer of Gulfstream Aerospace. Both appointments are effective from 1 January 2014.

Lombardo said: “Rob Smith has been an instrumental part of the management team at Jet Aviation since his arrival and I am confident that, under his leadership, the company will continue to differentiate itself through the quality of the products and services it delivers to customers.”

Clare has been president of Jet Aviation since July 2011, where he has been responsible for oversight of the company’s business aviation services operations worldwide. Clare joined Jet Aviation from Gulfstream and after completing his move back to the aircraft manufacturer, he will succeed Jason Aiken, who has been named senior vice president and CFO for General Dynamics.

“Dan Clare has demonstrated his commitment to the success of General Dynamics’ aerospace companies over time, and we look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience in his new role at Gulfstream,” said Lombardo.

Jet Aviation was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and was acquired by General Dynamics in 2008. The company provides a variety of business aviation services, including aircraft maintenance and management, completions, refurbishment, sales, charter and engineering.

It owns 17 FBO and MRO centres across the world, specialising in business aircraft, at locations such as London Biggin Hill, Dubai, Dallas, New York (Teterboro) and Singapore.

In 2014, Jet Aviation will assist with VistaJet’s expansion into the US, where it will operate and manage the company’s fleet of Bombardier business jets, with Wheels Up providing sales.