AOPA board of trustees names pilot and businessman Mark Baker president, CEO.

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The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, a national organization of pilots, has named Mark Baker as its new president, the organization’s fifth president in its history.

Baker replaces Craig Fuller, who earlier this year told the board of his intentions to move on to other opportunities.

Baker, a native of Minnesota and an aircraft owner and pilot, began flying in his 20s. He now has more than 7,500 hours of flight time.

Most recently, he served as CEO of Orchard Supply Hardware Stores Corporation, a retailer of home improvement and garden products. He also served in senior executive roles at Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Gander Mountain Company, The Home Depot and other companies in the industry.

Baker takes office September 6.