DeHerrera named Universal chief

Universal Avionics has appointed Paul DeHerrera to the position of chief executive officer.

DeHerrera has transitioned into this new role as Joachim L. (Ted) Naimer remains as president and chairman of the board.

“In his role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Paul has closely managed the daily operations of the company while being integral to strategic decision making,” said Naimer. “Paul’s transition to CEO is a natural next step for Universal Avionics; one that will provide the company solid leadership helping to guide the future of the company.”

DeHerrera began his career with Universal Avionics in 1994 in the position of Manager of OEM Marketing at the company headquarters located in Tucson, Arizona. He then transitioned into the position of Vice President of Marketing and Product Support before being promoted to his most recent position as COO in January 2008.

With more than 40 years of aviation experience, DeHerrera is an FAA licensed pilot, holding an airframe and power plant license. He also holds a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering Technology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

DeHerrera currently serves on the Board of Directors for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and has previously served as Senior Board of Director and past Chairman of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA). Dedicating his career to aviation, he has also served on numerous industry committees including aviation tort reform.

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