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CEO’s Retirement Letter

Apr 09, 2019
Paul DeHerrera, Chief Executive Officer

Paul DeHerrera and Dror Yahav

Left, Paul DeHerrera and right, Dror Yahav

In case you haven’t heard the news, I am retiring today after 25 years with Universal Avionics. My departure is bittersweet as it’s truly been a pleasure working with the most amazing teams and individuals in the industry; customers, suppliers, partners, the media, FAA, trade associations, and of course my coworkers. The avionics industry has been good to me and to Universal Avionics over the years. 

The technology ushered in 25 years ago is only vaguely familiar to what we take for granted today. The products and technologies have changed. Yet, I am very proud to say that many of the individuals I have worked with at Universal Avionics back then, have not changed. They are still here serving our customers together with the new faces who will lead Universal Avionics into the future.

I wish to welcome Universal Avionics’ new CEO, Dror Yahav. As I move to the next chapter, I couldn’t be more appreciative of Universal Avionics, the aviation community, and my coworkers for making this an amazing 40 plus years in my aviation career.  When I look in the rearview mirror, I’ll do so with a big smile on my face. Here’s to many exciting years ahead.


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  1. Henrik Näslund | Apr 16, 2019

     Good luck and thanks for good times in the few interactions we have had over the years.

    // Henrik 

  2. Gil Wolin | Apr 11, 2019

    Congratulations, Paul.

    Your work with UA goes 'way more than 25 years, including time when Combs was a dealer/distributor.

    Best wishes for whatever comes next!


  3. Gil Wolin | Apr 11, 2019

    Congratulations, Paul!!

    Your relationship with these UA goes 'way more than 25 years, back to our Combs' days.

    Best wishes for whatever comes next!


  4. Ted Naimer | Apr 11, 2019

    Needless to say, Paul, I had the pleasure of working with you for many years - actually more than I care to admit, because that would imply that we have grown old. But your friendship, enthusiasm and loyalty have made that the the best time of my professional life. And I am quite sure that Dror will continue in the same direction. You have set an excellent example and I consider it a feather on my hat that you elected to work with me and our friends at Universal with the dedication and joy you demonstrated.

    Looking forward to meeting up with you again and reminisce about how everything was soooo much better then.......


    All my best, Ted

  5. Michael OLeary | Apr 09, 2019

    All the best to you Paul!  It has been a privilege and an honor to work with you over the years as one time competitors then as Dealer/Vendor and as AEA Board members.

    It has also a been a privilege and and honor to call you my "Friend & Associate".  May you have smooth sailing when or where the next adventure should take you and do enjoy a very well deserved retirement.


  6. Paula Derks | Apr 09, 2019

    Best of luck to you, Paul in your new adventures!!! You are leaving a legacy in this industry for being kind, smart, energetic and a true leader in every way.

    All the best to you, my friend,

    Paula Derks

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