Gulfstream announces senior VP of manufacturing and completions appointment


Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed John Kenan to the position of senior vice president of manufacturing and completions, effective March 2024. He will succeed Greg Collett, who will retire in March after more than 25 years with the company.

Most recently, Kenan served as vice president of completions across all Gulfstream sites and was a member of the manufacturing and completions leadership team. In his new role, Kenan will oversee the strategic and tactical direction for production and completions of all new Gulfstream aircraft.

“John has had a tremendous amount of success overseeing many of our aircraft production programmes and flight test operations since joining us more than a decade ago,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “He is a well-respected leader with deep expertise and will be a great addition to our senior leadership team.”

Kenan joined Gulfstream in 2012 as an integrated production team manager. His previous leadership roles include director of G700/G800 production, director of G550/G650 production, director of flight test operations and senior manager of G450/G550 major assembly. Kenan earned his bachelor’s degree in business management and master’s degree in applied engineering from Georgia Southern University.

Since joining Gulfstream in 1998, Collett has held various leadership roles in operations, including oversight of initial phase manufacturing, final phase manufacturing, new product development and manufacturing operations. He joined Gulfstream’s senior leadership team when he was appointed senior vice president of manufacturing and completions in 2019.

“Greg’s strong leadership and wealth of manufacturing experience have helped us optimise our manufacturing and completions functions through advancements in process and the introduction of state-of-the-art manufacturing technology,” added Burns. “Greg has been instrumental in helping Gulfstream become the leading manufacturer in business aviation and we are deeply grateful for his many contributions. We wish him all the best for his retirement.”

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