Textron’s Ronald Draper “This is my dream job”


Ron Draper Courtesy photo Textron Inc.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am about the new job. This is my dream job,” says Ronald Draper who started at Cessna 20 years ago after leaving the US Army.

Draper was appointed president of Textron Aviation on Friday.

Does he feel he is inheriting a better market than his predecessor Scott Ernest, who took over in 2011? “Absolutely, it is a whole different situation. He has done a great job and left us with some amazing products like the Longtitude and Hemisphere.”

In his former role as Textron Aviation’s senior vice president, integrated supply chain (Operations), Draper was involved in all of the manufacturer’s new aircraft programmes and says that he is very confident that the Citation Longitude will be certificated later this year.

“As it is my second day on the job, I am not ready to roll out a whole new vision, but there are a couple of things that we will change,” says Draper. “I have a different style to Scott but we will stay completely committed to our customers and partners.”