The Women in Aviation International (WAI) board of directors selected Lynda Coffman as the new CEO. Coffman will start her new post on January 22, 2024, spearheading the organization’s growth and strategy. She will work closely with the board of directors and supervise daily operations and staff.
Over 30 Years of Leadership at United Airlines
Coffman brings over 30 years of leadership experience at United Airlines. There, she served as vice president and president of United Ground Express. She has expertise in financial management, operational oversight, strategic planning, and talent retention. Coffman has served on various private company and nonprofit boards and earned multiple awards for her influential contributions. She has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Santa Clara University. She also holds a Master of Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Coffman strongly advocates diversity and youth in aviation and aerospace. She currently resides in Barrington, Illinois, with her husband and daughter.
Leading WAI is a “Dream Job”
“I look forward to bringing my experience and passion to continue to strengthen and grow WAI around the world while broadening support for its mission,” Lynda Coffman, WAI CEO said. “Leading this organization is my dream job, and I look forward to connecting with our members and supporters to continue our expansive and strategic vision and contributions to this industry.”
A Critical Role For International Aviation and Aerospace
WAI Board Chair Captain Deborah Hecker added, “The board—through an extensive search for a new leader—is thrilled to announce Lynda’s appointment as WAI CEO. Without a doubt, her strengths and talents as an experienced president and senior operations executive who has delivered exceptional performance will be an enormous asset to continue our organization’s critical role in encouraging more women and girls to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace. We are looking forward to supporting Lynda as she leads WAI’s strong future and critical role in the international aviation and aerospace industry.”
The board also thanked Stephanie Kenyon, WAI‘s chief growth officer, for stepping in as interim CEO during this period.