GE Aviation hires Navy veteran as top digital leader

GE Aviation named its new chief digital officer, who will be responsible for the technology and business growth of the aviation digital portfolio.

John Mansfield has been appointed to the top position, the company announced on Monday. Mansfield joins Evendale-headquartered GE Aviation from Hitachi Limited, where he served as president, and previously served as general manager and chief technology officer of the product platform division.

“John is a strong addition to our team,” said David Joyce, president and CEO of GE Aviation. “He will continue our transformation of GE Aviation into a digital industrial aerospace leader with a focus on working with our customers on their greatest challenges.”

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GE Aviation is Ohio’s largest manufacturing employer, according to state records. GE anchors an aerospace parts manufacturing industry that employs thousands in the region, including two locations in Dayton.

In the new role, Mansfield will help GE Aviation focus on solidifying product strategy, growing orders and revenue. He studied engineering at Vanderbilt University and earned an MBA from Georgetown University. He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and had six years as a naval aviator flying the A6 Intruder.

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In December, the company appointed Jean Lydon-Rodgers as president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation Services. Tony Mathis was also promoted as president and chief executive officer of GE Aviation Military Systems.

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