Museum of Flight leadership to transition
Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King has announced that he will step down as leader of that organization, effective August 15. King will stay on as a consultant to the Museum and will assist with the transition as well as handling a variety of external assignments. The Museum’s current Executive Vice President, Matt Hayes, will take over as President and CEO.
“This is a good time to make this change,” said King, who took on his dual roles at the Museum seven years ago. Among his accomplishments, he noted the campaign to raise funds for multiple projects including the building of the Aviation Pavilion to cover much of the Museum’s large aircraft collection, and innovative new educational programs. King also spearheaded the restructuring of staff assignments and an ongoing, long-range planning process.
Anne Simpson, chairwoman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, lauded King’s “exemplary” leadership, citing the success of the Museum’s “Inspiration Begins Here” campaign as an example. She noted that he will be staying on during this transition time to continue his active role with the current Access for All campaign and to promote the Museum’s Aviation Learning Centers.
Matt Hayes will become President and CEO of the Museum of Flight in mid-August.
Matt Hayes was the unanimous choice of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees to become King’s successor. A lifelong devotee of aviation and history, Hayes soloed an airplane by the time he was 16 and before he got his driver’s license. Hayes joined the Museum as a volunteer in 2000, working to restore a World War II B-17 bomber. He has been the Museum’s Chief Financial Officer since 2010 and in January of this year was named Executive Vice President.