After announcing the retirement of CEO Matt Zuccaro in July 2019, the Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced that it would begin the search for a replacement for the role today in a press release.

HAI stated that the organization is seeking highly qualified individuals to apply for the position of president and CEO of the member-based organization. Zuccaro’s announced retirement is set to be effective in June 2020, giving the organization just under a year to bring on a successor.

HAI has retained the executive search firm Heidrick and Struggles to assist with the international search and stated that initial screening of applicants has already begun, although the firm will continue to accept applications until the HAI Board of Directors makes a final selection to fill the position.

The job description for the role states in part: “The president and CEO of HAI directs the organization’s mission and vision, leads the staff, represents and speaks for the organization and its work, and is responsible for implementing the decisions and recommendations of the HAI Executive Committee and Board of Directors.”

HAI is the helicopter industry’s professional trade association that acts on behalf of its nearly 3,000 aviation businesses and individuals for an industry that operates an estimated 4,500 helicopters that fly approximately 2.3 million hours each year in more than 73 nations around the world.

HAI states that the organization is dedicated to the promotion of the helicopter as a safe, effective method of commerce and to the advancement of the international helicopter community.

For the complete job description and information about the association, please download the HAI president and CEO position specifications. For those interested, applications should be emailed to