Quest Aircraft this week named Robert H. Wells, an executive with more than 40 years of aviation experience, as its new CEO. Wells takes over for retiring CEO Sam Hill. Most recently, Wells spent 15 years with TAG Aviation, where he was CEO.
“I am very pleased that an individual of Rob’s caliber and talent will be leading Quest moving forward,” Hill said. “Rob’s tenure with TAG Aviation’s family of companies and his broad aviation management experience will be a true asset as Quest continues its worldwide growth.”
Early in his career, Wells gained experience as a flight instructor and air taxi pilot, working for a period in southeast Alaska before joining Beech Aircraft as a zone manager. Later, Wells joined Piedmont Hawthorne (now Landmark Aviation) as an aircraft salesman. After 22 years and numerous leadership positions at Piedmont — the last of which was executive vice president — Wells joined TAG Aviation in 1999. He retired from TAG Aviation Holding as CEO in 2015 and has remained an adviser on the company’s board of directors.
“I look forward to being part of the team at Quest,” Wells said. “The Kodiak is a remarkably successful aircraft and the company has come a long way in the last few years. I am excited to be part of Quest’s next chapter.”