Baker will begin Sept. 6, but has agreed to continue to advise Orchard Supply during its transition.
Stepping down from Orchard Supply could mean the loss of a $2 million-plus annual compensation package for Baker. AOPA is not releasing salaries, but Fuller had a reported compensation of about $700,000.
In addition to president and CEO of AOPA, he also will serve as chairman of AOPA’s Political Action Committee, CEO of the AOPA Foundation and publisher of AOPA Pilot.
“We are pleased to announce that Mark Baker has been selected as the next president and chief executive officer of AOPA,” Trimble says. “He has all the tools this job demands. He has an extraordinary understanding of the importance of serving our membership and advancing their needs.”
Baker says he plans to focus on the association’s mission of “protecting the freedom to fly” and plans to gather feedback from members to best focus association resources.
National Business Aviation Association President and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed the appointment, noting his longtime membership with AOPA as a pilot and business background. He added that Baker has served as an executive with a number of NBAA member companies. “NBAA has long had an extremely close and effective relationship with AOPA, one that has involved successful advocacy on behalf of important general aviation issues, and we look forward to continuing to build on this relationship,“ Bolen says.