CLEVELAND, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of trustees of the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) today announced the appointment of Mr. Jeffrey Rolf as president and chief executive officer effective July 1. He will succeed Dr. Michael Heil, current president and CEO, who will retire from OAI on June 30, 2016, after a 41-year career in aerospace.
Mr. Rolf comes to OAI following a distinguished career with Parker Hannifin Corporation, where he most recently served as Parker Aerospace's vice president of commercial airframes, business development. He is extensively involved in Ohio's aerospace community, having served as chair and current industry member of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council. He is a charter member of the Ohio Legislature's Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee. He holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering degree and master of business administration degree from Cleveland State University. Mr. Rolf is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio and holds two U.S. patents.
As president and CEO, Rolf plans to make OAI a key driver of aerospace economic growth in Ohio.
"It's an honor to succeed Mike as president. He has been a tremendous advocate for Ohio's aerospace industry and has contributed greatly to its growth," said Rolf. "I look forward to picking up the mantle and welcome the opportunity to make OAI an even more valuable asset for Ohio's aerospace community."
Heil, who has served as president and CEO since 2007, expressed confidence in the board's choice. "Jeff Rolf is the perfect choice to serve as OAI's president and CEO. He has an outstanding track record of success as a leader in the aerospace industry and Ohio's aerospace community. He understands OAI and our mission and will lead the institute to a bigger and brighter future."
"During Mike's tenure, his innovative leadership created a new standard for enhancing the aerospace industry," said Salvatore J. Miraglia, Jr., chairman of the board of trustees. "Although Mike will be missed, we are confident that Jeff Rolf will rise to the challenge of upholding OAI's commitment to the aerospace community, while identifying new opportunities for growth."
Founded in 1989 as a partnership of Ohio's aerospace federal laboratories, aerospace industry, and universities, the Ohio Aerospace Institute enhances its partners' aerospace competitiveness through research and technology development, workforce preparedness, innovation and advocacy. Learn more at www.oai.org.
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