Textron Inc. yesterday announced that Rob Scholl, president & CEO of Textron eAviation, has been named president & CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. and Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Global Parts & Distribution, at Textron Aviation, has been named president & CEO of Textron eAviation, succeeding Scholl. Both appointments are effective August 31, 2023.
Scholl succeeds Gunnar Kleveland in leading the Textron Specialized Vehicles portfolio of businesses that includes powerful brands such as E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Jacobsen, Cushman, and Textron Ground Support Equipment. He will report to Joerg Rautenstrauch, the president of the Industrial segment.
Scholl has led Textron eAviation since its inception as a business segment in 2022, building a team that is pursuing Textron’s long-term strategy of developing a family of sustainable aircraft and overseeing the development and expansion of Pipistrel. With 17 years of experience at Textron, Scholl has served in leadership roles across the company, including senior vice president, Global Sales & Flight Operations, vice president, Parts & Programs and vice president, Marketing at Textron’s Aviation. Prior to joining the current firm in 2012, he served as director of Business Development at Textron’s CWC business and in the Corporate office in Sales & Marketing and Strategy.
Shortt has 27 years of experience with Textron Aviation, holding leadership positions across its sales and marketing and customer service functions. Most recently, she served as senior vice president, Global Parts & Distribution, and president of Able Aerospace and McCauley Propeller Systems. She has also served as senior vice president, Customer Service, senior vice president, Sales, and vice president, International Sales. Shortt will report to Scott C. Donnelly, Textron’s chairman & CEO.
Commenting on the transition, Donnelly said, “Rob and Kriya have served as outstanding leaders at our respective businesses and I am confident they will continue to drive success in their new roles. I want to thank Gunnar for his contributions at TSV over the past four years and for his 20 years of service to our company.”