FlightSafety International named David Davenport and Ray Johns the company’s new Co-CEOs, succeeding Bruce Whitman, who passed away October 10, 2018. Davenport will also serve as President, Commercial, and Ray as President, Government and Manufacturing.
In addition to serving as Co-CEOs, Davenport will continue to oversee all aspects of FlightSafety’s business and commercial aircraft training and Johns will remain responsible for the training services and products FlightSafety offers to government and military agencies; as well as the design, manufacture, and support of flight simulation equipment and visual systems.
Davenport joined FlightSafety in 1996 and has held many positions of increasing responsibility at various company locations since then – most recently as Executive Vice President, Commercial. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in business management and served in the Air Force as a Squadron Operations Officer, and flew aircraft through the U.S. Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training program. He received the Knupius-Simpkins Award recipient for leadership, teamwork and operational excellence and serves a Director of the National Business Aviation Associate Member Advisory Council and on the Board of Governors of the Wings Club and Air Charter Safety Foundation.
Johns served in the U.S. Air Force for 35 years and retired with the rank of General prior to joining FlightSafety in 2014. He served in both the European and Pacific commands and led at the squadron group, wing and major command level of the Air Mobility Command; he also served as Chief Test Pilot for Air Force One, head of strategic planning and resource allocation at the Pentagon and as a White House Fellow. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University. He also graduated from the Air Force Test Pilot School; the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, Program for Senior Executives.