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Craig Picken

As the only executive recruiter who has professionally flown airplanes, sold airplanes for two prominent OEMs, and run a P&L, Craig epitomizes what it means to be an industry leader.

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About Craig

Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include aircraft OEM’s, Operators, Leasing / Financial Organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers.

Since 2008 he has successfully concluded over 200 searches in a variety of disciplines.

His professional career started in the US Navy where he was a combat decorated Naval Flight Officer. Upon leaving the Navy after eight years he spent more than seven years in sales with both Gulfstream Aircraft and Bombardier Business Aircraft.

At Gulfstream, Craig helped drive sales efforts throughout the Middle East and Africa and played significant roles in securing sales in Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. He also worked with the “Government and Special Missions” division where he led campaigns for head-of-state and militarized aircraft throughout the world and helped secure Gulfstream’s largest sale ever to the US Government which included firm orders for 37 Gulfstream V’s under the VC-X competition.

While at Bombardier, Craig managed the Southwest territory for Flexjet. In this role he more than doubled the territory sales volume, producing more than $125M in sales revenue in 3 years.

A Texas Tech Graduate with a B.S. in International Trade, Craig has both lived overseas and conducted business throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.