The Museum of Flight Appoints New Executive Vice President

. March 8, 2017

Vice President and CFO Matthew B. Hayes upped to newly created role at the Museum

SEATTLE – Matthew B. Hayes first started working with The Museum of Flight in 2000 as part of a team of volunteers recruited to help restore the Museum’s World War II B-17 bomber. The B-17 has since been fully restored, the Museum has more than tripled in size, and now Hayes–the Museum’s CFO since 2010–has assumed the role of the Museum’s Executive Vice President. The announcement was made by Museum President and CEO Douglas R. King.

Museum of Flight Executive Vice President Mattew Hayes in front of the Museum’s B-17F he helped restore. Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight.

In his new role, Hayes will assume responsibility for the Museum’s day-to-day operations, while King will lead the Museum’s long term strategic planning process.

“The Museum has reached a very exciting inflection point.” said King. “Having recently celebrated our fiftieth anniversary, the completion of a successful campaign and the opening of the Aviation Pavilion, we are looking to further solidify our long range commitment to the Puget Sound community. My focus will be on leading this plan and process. And there is nobody more capable, more committed or more experienced to lead the day-to-day operations than Matt Hayes.”

Hayes grew up in the rural, western New York state community of Byron. He moved to Seattle in 1995, and was a senior manager with Deloitte and Touche until 2002. Hayes then became the CFO at Alliance for Education (a not-for-profit supporting Seattle Public Schools), and began his career as a paid employee for The Museum of Flight in 2005. He was also a member of the Senior Service of Seattle/King County (now Sound Generations) Board for over a decade, including time as Chairman of the Board. Running an aviation and space museum is a perfect fit for Hayes, who is a commercially-rated pilot that soloed an airplane before he got his driver’s license.

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