Michael J. Shonka - Executive Partner, Wichita, KS

Michael J. Shonka

Michael (Mike) J. Shonka currently serves as a director for a large aerospace company and a small custom metal business. He has served as a director for public, private equity, and family/employee-owned businesses. His corporate governance roles have included membership on audit, compensation, special litigation, and independent directors committees. He also provides consulting services, principally for strategic planning, performance improvement, and business transaction purposes.

Previously, Shonka served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Cessna Aircraft Company, which was the leading manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. Shonka also provided leadership to transform Cessna’s captive finance entity into a competitive advantage through global financing of aircraft sales.

Prior to joining Cessna, Shonka was the CFO for a regional, publicly traded banking company in Kansas. He also served as the controller for a large publicly traded banking company in Oklahoma. Prior to his 20 years in banking, Shonka worked for the Ernst & Young accounting firm.

Shonka received degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Northern Colorado. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Financial Executives Institute.