AIA Names Defense Official Fanning New CEO

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), which represents the interests of US aerospace manufacturers, has named Eric Fanning its new President and CEO, effective January 1, 2018.

Fanning, who most recently was secretary of the US Army, replaces David Melcher, a retired US Army Lieutenant General who became AIA President and CEO in 2015, but announced in July he would be stepping down at the end of this year.

In addition to being Secretary of the Army, Fanning also was the Chief of Staff for US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in 2015 and has served as acting secretary of the US Air Force.