Jeremie Caillet new head at Jet Aviation, Paddock moving to tanks


Jeremie Caillet will replace David Paddock as president of Jet Aviation in April.

Paddock is moving within General Dynamics to become president of General Dynamics Land Systems which makes and supports tracked and wheeled military equipment (pictured).

“David is a proven executive with strong leadership skills,” said Phebe Novakovic, chair and CEO of General Dynamics. “Jeremie is a highly skilled operations and program management executive.”

Caillet moves from his role of senior vice president of operations in Basel where he was responsible for Jet Aviation’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He took on this role in 2021. Caillet joined Jet Aviation in 2008 and was also vice president VIP completions. An engineer by training, he started his career at Dassault Falcon Jet in the US.

General Dynamics likes moving managers between divisions. Rob Smith, who was president of Jet Aviation before Paddock, moved to Jet Aviation from a General Dynamics’ naval ship business. He is now running its marine systems business.

Jason Aiken who has been both CFO of General Dynamics and executive vice president of Technologies is moving full time to the technology division on February 15. Aiken was CFO of Gulfstream before stepping up to General Dynamics.

“Jason is a strong executive and has been a superb CFO. He will remain integrally involved in all aspects of the senior leadership of General Dynamics,” said Novakovic.

 With 4,000 staff, Jet Aviation is one of the few truly global business aviation companies. It is also one of the most diversified offerinf aircraft management, charter, aircraft completions, defence, maintenance, FBOs and staffing.