Transformational Changes Aim to Drive Success and Innovation Across Textron’s Portfolio
Textron Inc., a global leader in the aerospace, defense, and industrial sectors, has unveiled strategic leadership changes that are set to redefine the trajectory of its specialized business units. The company announced the appointment of Rob Scholl, the incumbent president & CEO of Textron eAviation, as the new president & CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. Concurrently, Kriya Shortt, senior vice president of Global Parts & Distribution at Textron Aviation, will assume the role of president & CEO of Textron eAviation, succeeding Scholl. These transitions will officially take effect on August 31, 2023.
In his new capacity, Scholl will succeed Gunnar Kleveland as the leader of Textron Specialized Vehicles, a diversified portfolio encompassing iconic brands like E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Jacobsen, Cushman, and Textron Ground Support Equipment. Reporting directly to Joerg Rautenstrauch, the president of the Industrial segment, Scholl will harness his extensive experience to drive innovation, growth, and operational excellence within this vibrant business segment.
Rob Scholl’s tenure at Textron spans an impressive 17 years, during which he has consistently exhibited exceptional leadership qualities. Having been at the helm of Textron eAviation since its inception as a dedicated business segment in 2022, Scholl is credited with cultivating a dynamic team that has passionately pursued Textron’s ambitious strategy of developing a sustainable aircraft family. Moreover, under his guidance, the Pipistrel project has witnessed expansive development and growth.
Scholl’s journey at Textron has encompassed various strategic roles, each contributing to his comprehensive understanding of the company’s intricate workings. His previous responsibilities include serving as senior vice president for Global Sales & Flight Operations, vice president for Parts & Programs, and vice president for Marketing at Textron Aviation. Before joining Textron in 2012, Scholl played pivotal roles such as Director of Business Development at Textron’s CWC business and contributed to Sales & Marketing and Strategy at the Corporate office.
Simultaneously, Kriya Shortt steps into the role of president & CEO of Textron eAviation, assuming responsibility for the dynamic developments in the realm of electric aviation. Drawing upon her remarkable 27-year journey with Textron Aviation, Shortt’s expansive leadership experience includes stints across sales, marketing, and customer service. Her achievements are highlighted by roles such as senior vice president for Global Parts & Distribution, and president of Able Aerospace and McCauley Propeller Systems.
Shortt’s illustrious career also features positions like senior vice president for Customer Service, senior vice president for Sales, and vice president for International Sales. Reporting to Scott C. Donnelly, Textron’s chairman & CEO, Shortt’s appointment signifies Textron’s commitment to nurturing its top talent and entrusting them with pivotal roles that drive the company’s forward momentum.
Scott C. Donnelly shared his optimism regarding the transitions, stating, “Rob and Kriya have been exceptional leaders in our respective businesses, and I am confident they will continue to drive success in their new roles. I extend my gratitude to Gunnar for his substantial contributions to TSV over the past four years, and for his remarkable 20 years of dedicated service to our company.”
These leadership appointments reflect Textron’s commitment to fostering innovation, growth, and excellence across its multifaceted operations. As Scholl and Shortt take on their new roles, the company is primed for an era of transformational change that will further solidify its position as a global leader across industries.