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Orderly succession plan in place for AOPA's next leader

After 10 years of growing AOPA, keeping it the world’s largest civil aviation organization, and protecting general aviation pilots’ freedom to fly, AOPA President Mark Baker announced that he is working with the AOPA board of trustees to search for his successor.

Photo by Chris Rose.

Baker stressed that the move is part of a natural leadership transition process and follows his decadeslong, successful career in retail and business before he joined AOPA in 2013 as only its fifth president.

“It’s hard to believe that more than a decade has passed since I joined AOPA,” Baker said to staff. “Now the time has come for me to plan the next chapter—for AOPA and for myself.”

Baker told staff that he is committed to staying at the helm of AOPA for up to two years while the board works to find the absolute best person to lead AOPA into the future.

“During this process, it’s business as usual,” Baker added.

Alyssa J. Miller
Eric Blinderman
Senior Director of Communications
Eric Blinderman is AOPA’s Senior Director of Communications. Eric joined AOPA in 2020 after several years at leading marketing/communications agencies in New York and is looking forward to putting his newly minted private pilot certificate to work.
Topics: Advocacy, AOPA, People

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