Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Executive Officers

Thomas C. Gentile III
Thomas C. Gentile III
President & CEO
Thomas C. Gentile III Tom Gentile became president and chief executive officer of Spirit Holdings as of July 31, 2016. From April 2016 to July 2016, Gentile served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. From 2014 to his appointment with the Company, Gentile served as president and chief operating officer of GE Capital where he oversaw GE Capital’s global operations, IT and capital planning and served on its board of directors. Gentile had been employed by GE since 1998, and before his most recent position, held the position of president and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Healthcare Systems division from 2011 until 2014 and the position of President and CEO of GE Aviation Services from 2008 until 2011. Gentile received his bachelor’s degree in economics and Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, and also studied International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Stacy Cozad
Stacy Cozad
Senior Vice President
General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary
Stacy Cozad Stacy Cozad is senior vice president, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for Spirit AeroSystems. She joined Spirit in January 2016 and oversees Spirit’s legal and compliance matters across the global enterprise, in addition to Spirit’s global contracts. Before joining Spirit, Cozad served as Associate General Counsel at Southwest Airlines Co. In that role, Cozad was responsible for a broad range of issues, including oversight of the company’s litigation, counseling on regulatory and compliance matters, government and other regulatory investigations, as well as corporate policies and practices. Cozad’s two decades of legal experience also include serving as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas and private practice with two law firms, where her practice focused on a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, securities class actions, director and officer liability, regulatory compliance and transactional matters. Cozad earned her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in Behavioral Science from Concordia University Texas and her law degree magna cum laude from the Pepperdine School of Law.
Duane Hawkins
Duane Hawkins
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Boeing, Defense, Business/Regional Jet Programs and Global Customer Support
Duane Hawkins Duane Hawkins became senior vice present and general manager of Boeing, Defense, Business/Regional Jet Programs and Global Customer Support at Spirit AeroSystems in September 2017. In his role, Hawkins has responsibility for broad sectors of the business including all Spirit work on Boeing programs and Spirit’s growing Defense business. Hawkins joined Spirit in July 2013 as senior vice president of Operations with responsibility for Spirit’s Supply Chain Management, Fabrication, Global Quality and Operations, including global footprint, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Lean and Tooling. Hawkins is a 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry, having worked in executive positions for Raytheon Missile Systems, Defense Research Inc. and General Dynamics in operational roles spanning program management, manufacturing engineering and supply chain. He joined Spirit after more than a decade at Raytheon Missile Systems, where he most recently served as vice president, deputy, air warfare systems, responsible for more than $2.4 billion sales and total P&L for Navy and Air Force Programs including Tomahawk, AMRAAM, Sidewinder AIM 9X, PAVEWAY, MALD, JSOW, Maverick, GRIFFIN, HARM, SDB II development and others. Before joining Raytheon, Hawkins was president of Defense Research Inc. He also served as factory manager for Hughes Missile Systems/ General Dynamics and chief of manufacturing engineering for General Dynamics Missile Systems earlier in his career. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing/industrial engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Regis University.
Sanjay Kapoor
Sanjay Kapoor
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Sanjay Kapoor Sanjay Kapoor joined Spirit Holdings as senior vice president and chief financial officer Sept. 23, 2013. Kapoor joined Spirit from Raytheon where he most recently served as vice president of Integrated Air & Missile Defense for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). Before this role, Kapoor was IDS vice president of Finance and chief financial officer from 2004 to 2008. Kapoor also served as CFO at United Technologies’ Pratt and Whitney Power Systems Division. His tenure at Pratt and Whitney also included roles as director of Aftermarket Services for the Power Systems Business, controller for the Turbine Module Center and business manager for new commercial programs. Kapoor received his bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology and a dual Masters of Business Administration in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Krisstie Kondrotis
Krisstie Kondrotis
Senior Vice President
Defense Programs and Business Development
Krisstie Kondrotis Kristie Kondrotis became senior vice president of Business Development and Defense Programs at Spirit AeroSystems in September 2017. In this role, Kondrotis holds overall management and responsibility for current Defense programs and future growth, as well as oversight of core Business Development. Kondrotis has deep experience in the defense arena, having served in top level business development and strategy roles at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and most recently, Northrop Grumman. Over the course of her 27 year career, she has been responsible for business development, systems engineering, strategy and acquisition management spanning multiple segments of the aerospace and defense industry, including ballistic missile defense, launch and satellite systems, fighter aircraft, and multiple intelligence and classified programs. Kondrotis is a Syracuse University National Security Studies fellow, and is a graduate of the Lockheed Martin Program Management Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds an MBA, Operations Management from Regis University, Denver, Colorado, and a BS, Finance from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.
Michelle J. Lohmeier
Michelle J. Lohmeier
Senior Vice President & General Manager
Airbus Programs
Michelle J. Lohmeier Michelle Lohmeier became senior vice president and general manager of Airbus Programs in June 2015. Lohmeier has extensive aerospace experience from several positions at Raytheon Company, most recently as vice president of the Land Warfare Systems product line at Raytheon Missile Systems. In that position, Lohmeier had responsibility for the development and production of all Army and United States Marine Corps (USMC) missile programs. Previously, Lohmeier was the program director for the design, development and production implementation of the Standard Missile-6 weapon system for the United States Navy. Lohmeier also served as the production chief engineer for the AMRAAM Program. In addition, Lohmeier directed Software Engineering, where she was responsible for software development, software quality and configuration management for all Missile Systems programs. She began her career with Hughes Aircraft Company in 1985 as a system test engineer. Lohmeier earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona.
Sam Marnick
Sam Marnick
Executive Vice President
Chief Administration Officer
Sam Marnick Sam Marnick was named executive vice president and chief administration officer of Spirit AeroSystems in July 2016. She holds the responsibility for a wide range of functions including Human Resources, Communications, Community and Government Relations, Security and Environmental Health and Safety. Marnick has held a progression of leadership roles since joining Spirit shortly after the company’s creation in June 2005. Her prior roles at Spirit include senior vice president and chief administration officer, senior vice president of Corporate Administration and Human Resources, vice president of Labor Relations & Workforce Strategies and director of Communications and Employee Engagement. Before joining the company, she was a senior communication consultant and Principal for Mercer Human Resources Consulting, holding management positions in both the United Kingdom and in the United States. Marnick is a specialist in research and change communication. As a consultant, she worked with U.S. and Pan European corporations on corporate infrastructure, leadership and development, compensation and benefits programs, mergers and acquisitions, global strategies and share plans. Before embarking on a career in communication consulting, Marnick worked for Watson Wyatt, the U.K.’s Department of Health and Social Security in internal and external communication, and The British Wool Marketing Board. Marnick holds a master’s degree from the University of Salford in Corporate Communication Strategy and Management.
John A. Pilla
John A. Pilla
Senior Vice President
Chief Technology and Quality Officer
John A. Pilla John Pilla became senior vice president, Chief Technology and Quality Officer for Spirit AeroSystems in September 2017. He holds overall responsibility for Spirit’s Global Quality, Engineering and Information Technology. Before this assignment, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Airbus Programs, and senior vice president/general manager of Propulsion Aerostructures at Spirit. Pilla graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and began his career at Boeing in Wichita, Kansas, as a stress analyst in 1981.Over his 20-plus years at Boeing Wichita, Pilla led a host of programs and organizations. He worked on Nacelle Programs, company IRAD and the A-6 Replacement Wing and completed a master’s degree in Aerospace Structures in 1986. He managed Next-Generation 737 engineering programs including the development of the 737-900 fuselage and empennage. He led the design effort for Struts and Nacelles on the 777 long range airplane, and then moved on to head up business operations while earning an MBA from Wichita State University a year later. The new Boeing 787 Program brought an assignment as director of product definition and manufacturing in July 2003. At the divestiture of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Wichita Division in June 2005, Pilla became Spirit AeroSystems vice president/general manager-787.
Ron Rabe
Ron Rabe
Senior Vice President
Fabrication and Supply Chain
Ron Rabe Ron Rabe was appointed senior vice president of Fabrication and Supply Chain for Spirit AeroSystems in September 2017. In this role, Rabe has overall responsibility for execution and growth of the company’s Fabrication business and optimization of its global Supply Chain, ensuring the timely supply of quality parts at lowest cost to all Spirit programs. He also holds responsibility for Manufacturing Strategy, Facilities and Tooling and Strategic Sourcing. Rabe joined the company in June 2015 as senior vice president of Operations bringing three decades of leadership experience to the role. Rabe served in positions of increasing responsibility at Eaton Corporation, a global power management company, and the Boeing Company over a 30-year career. Rabe was Eaton Corporation’s vice president of global manufacturing and supply chain, vehicle group—a $4 billion business unit. In that role, he had responsibility for global operations of more than 40 sites, supply chain, quality, materials, advanced manufacturing and lean. While serving in this role, Rabe led the startup of Greenfield Operations in China, India and Mexico, where he lived as an expat for three years. From 2009 to 2011 Rabe worked at Eaton Aerospace Group, leading global operations on conveyance systems and operational support for the F-35, CH-53K, 787 and A350 new programs. His career began at the Boeing Company in Wichita, Kansas, in 1986. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Newman University and an MBA from Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has also served in the Kansas Air National Guard and was based at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita.
Bill Brown
Bill Brown
Senior Vice President and General Manager
Oklahoma Operations, Business/Regional Jets, Global Customer Support
Bill Brown Bill Brown serves as senior vice president and general manager of Oklahoma Operations, Business/Regional Jets and Global Customer Support at Spirit AeroSystems. In this role, Brown is responsible for the Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma, sites and operations, Business/Regional Jets programs, and Spirit’s post-delivery services, including spare parts, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and product support. Brown previously served as executive vice president for Global Operations and president for Global Customer Service and Support at Beechcraft. In these roles, he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations, including completions, environmental health and safety, facilities, supply chain management and information technology organizations. Before joining Beechcraft in 2007, Brown served as president and general manager of AAR Aircraft Services in Oklahoma and held senior-level positions with Independence Air, Avborne Inc. and Midwest Airlines. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University. He also holds an A&P license and is a commercial instrument pilot.

Board of Directors

Robert D. Johnson
Chairman
Robert Johnson
Chairman of the Board
Before announcing his retirement from DAE effective Aug. 1, 2008, Bob Johnson served as chief Executive Officer from August 2006 for two years for Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), a global aerospace manufacturing and services corporation. Based in Dubai, DAE established subsidiaries in six key sectors spanning from research and development to manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul, aircraft leasing, and aerospace services.

Mr. Johnson, 65, previously served as Chairman of Honeywell Aerospace, the world's largest supplier of aircraft engines, equipment, systems and services for commercial transport, regional, general aviation and military aircraft, until his retirement in 2006. Prior to that role, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell Aerospace.

Prior to becoming CEO of Aerospace, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AlliedSignal Aerospace. Earlier, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of AlliedSignal Electronic & Avionics Systems.

He joined AlliedSignal in July 1994 as Vice President and General Manager of Global Repair and Overhaul Operations. In 1996, he was named Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Services, which included oversight of repair and overhaul, commercial spares and military customer support activities. Before joining AlliedSignal, Johnson was Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing and Services for AAR Corporation, an aviation company with headquarters in Chicago.

He began his career at GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) and spent 12 years in key financial management positions before a second 12 years in operations. In 1983, he was appointed President and Managing Director of the GE Aircraft Engine’s high-technology repair business in Singapore. He later served as General Manager of GE's global Field Service Engineering team and GE's global Engine Services business.

In 2005, Mr. Johnson had the honor of serving as Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and was a longstanding member of the Board of the Aviation Safety Alliance

In 2007, he was named International Executive of the Year by Miami University and the Farmer School of Business. He is a member of both the Board of Directors and Trustees of Arizona State University Foundation; a member of Conquistadores Del Cielo, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, a board member of the Drug Free Arizona Organization and the Valley of the Sun United Way Foundation.

He is a member of four corporate boards: Roper Industries, Spirit AeroSystems (as Chairman), Beechcraft (as Chairman) and Spirit Airlines. A native of Zanesville, Ohio, he is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio. His book, "Developing Global Leaders", was published in 2012.
Charles L. Chadwell
VP/GM (Retired), GE Commercial Engine Operations, Director, PAR Systems & Parkway Products, Director, BE Aerospace
Charles L. Chadwell retired in 2002 from GE Aircraft Engines where he served as Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Engine Operations. After joining General Electric in 1965, he held a variety of management positions, including: program manager, CF6-80C program; plant manager, GE Aircraft Engines’ Wilmington, NC., plant; general manager, GE Aircraft Engines’ Sourcing Operations; general manager Production Operations, GE Aircraft Engines’ Lynn, Mass., plant; vice president, GE Aircraft Engines Human Resources; and vice president and general manager, Production and Procurement, GE Aircraft Engines.

Mr. Chadwell currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for PAR Systems in Minneapolis, MN and on the Board of Directors of Parkway Products in Erlanger, KU.; and Blade Engine Securitization in Shannon, Ireland. He has served on the Board of Cincinnati area Chamber of Commerce; the United Way and Bethesda Hospital.

He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Chadwell and his wife, Patricia, make their home in Ohio and have a son, Jeff, and a daughter, Jennifer.
Irene M. Esteves
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner Cable, Inc.
Ms. Esteves became a director of the Company May 8, 2015. Ms. Esteves was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner Cable Inc., a post she held from July 2011 to May 2013. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of XL Group plc from May 2010 to June 2011. Prior to that position, Ms. Esteves was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Regions Financial Corporation from April 2008 to February 2010. Ms. Esteves currently serves on the boards of directors of Level 3 Communications, Inc. and Aramark. Ms. Esteves previously served on the board of directors of TW Telecom Inc. from June 2014 to October 2014 and the board of directors of Timberland Co. from June 2003 to June 2009.

Qualifications, Experience, Key Attributes and Skills: Ms. Esteves has broad experience in finance and business strategy across multiple industries. Ms. Esteves also brings to the Board experience as a public company director.
Paul Fulchino
President, Chairman and CEO (retired), Aviall, Inc.
Mr. Fulchino’s business experience spans 40 years as a corporate executive and strategic advisor to senior management. In these capacities, Mr. Fulchino assumed leadership positions in both the aerospace and professional services industries. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Fulchino serves on several Boards and continues to assist non-profit organizations.

Mr. Fulchino’s business experience spans 40 years as a corporate executive and strategic advisor to senior management. In these capacities, Mr. Fulchino assumed leadership positions in both the aerospace and professional services industries. In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Fulchino serves on several Boards and continues to assist non-profit organizations.

From 2000 and continuing post the acquisition by the Boeing Company in 2006, Mr. Fulchino served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviall, Inc., the world’s largest technology-based service provider of component parts and related services to the aviation and marine aftermarket. During his tenure, the Company gained significant market penetration and grew at an average rate of 30% per annum.

Prior to joining Aviall, Mr. Fulchino served in the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of B/E Aerospace, a leading supplier of aircraft cabin interior products and services. In this capacity, he executed the company's tripling of growth and profitability as well as development plans encompassing strategic acquisitions, new product introductions, organization and management development and technology enhancements.

Prior to B/E Aerospace, Mr. Fulchino served for several years in the capacities of both President and Vice Chairman of Mercer Management Consulting, a large international management-consulting firm. While in these roles, Mr. Fulchino led the merger integration of several acquired consulting firms and the exponential growth of the firm’s revenues, profits and professional services staff.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Fulchino also worked at Raytheon Company as an engineer in the manufacturing, testing, and inspection of missile systems.

Mr. Fulchino attended the United States Military Academy, received an A.B. in mathematics from Boston College, and earned his M.B.A. from Columbia University Graduate School of Business with a concentration in finance and operations research.

Mr. Fulchino is 66 years old, married with two children and maintains a principal residences in Wellington, Fla.
Thomas C. Gentile III
Director, President and Chief Executive Officer, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.
Tom Gentile became president and chief executive officer of Spirit Holdings as of July 31, 2016. From April 2016 to July 2016, Gentile served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. From 2014 to his appointment with the Company, Gentile served as president and chief operating officer of GE Capital where he oversaw GE Capital’s global operations, IT and capital planning and served on its board of directors. Gentile had been employed by GE since 1998, and before his most recent position, held the position of president and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Healthcare Systems division from 2011 until 2014 and the position of President and CEO of GE Aviation Services from 2008 until 2011. Gentile received his bachelor’s degree in economics and Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, and also studied International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Richard A. Gephardt
President and CEO, Gephardt Group (U.S. Congressman, MO – retired)
Richard A. Gephardt is former Congressman from Missouri. Congressman Gephardt, a St. Louis native, was first elected to Congress in 1976.

In 1984, Gephardt was elected Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, the fourth-ranking Leadership position in the House. In 1987, he became the first democratic candidate to enter the 1988 presidential race, where he won the Iowa Democratic Caucus and helped frame the economic issues that dominated the election. In 1989, he was elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as their Majority Leader. In 1994, Congressman Gephardt was elected by his colleagues to serve as the House Democratic Leader, the top Democratic Leadership position in the House. His fourteenth term in the House of Representatives expired in 2005. Congressman Gephardt has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gephardt Group, a multi-disciplined consulting firm, since 2005.

Mr. Gephardt is a graduate of Northwestern University and of the University of Michigan Law School.

He is married to Jane Gephardt and they are the parents of three children.
Ronald T. Kadish
EVP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lt. General (Retired) USAF
Ron Kadish, a Booz Allen Hamilton Executive Vice President, is responsible for all operations of the firm’s Defense Group. Previously he led Booz Allen’s Engineering & Operations capability providing professional services in engineering, acquisition, program management, logistics, and enterprise integration. He drove Booz Allen’s delivery of engineering and operations support for the firm’s government clients in the civil, defense, and security market sectors, as well as its commercial and international markets.

Mr. Kadish joined Booz Allen in February 2005 after retiring from the Air Force as a Lieutenant General. He is a former Air Force pilot with over 2500 flying hours and held a variety of senior systems acquisition, program management, and command positions to include Program Director for the F-15, F-16 and C-17, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, and Commander of the Center of Excellence for Command and Control Systems.

On a pro bono basis, Mr. Kadish chaired a Department of Defense advisory committee called the Defense Acquisition Performance Assessment. The committee was commissioned to make recommendations on how to improve the defense acquisition process for major procurement programs and reported its findings in Jan 2006.

Mr. Kadish holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., and a master’s of business administration from the University of Utah.
John L. Plueger
Chief Executive Officer, President, and Member of the Board of Directors of Air Lease Corp.
Mr. Plueger became a director of the Company July 29, 2014. Mr. Plueger currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Air Lease Corporation (‘‘ALC’’), a post he has held since July 2016. From March 2010 to July 2016, he served as ALC’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also served on the board of directors of ALC since March 2010. Prior to joining ALC, Mr. Plueger spent 23 years in top executive roles with International Lease Finance Corporation, where he served as acting Chief Executive Officer from February 2010 to March 2010, President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to February 2010 and on its board of directors from 2002 to 2010. Mr. Plueger’s professional experience also includes testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives as an aircraft leasing industry expert witness as well as responding to European Commission formal inquiries concerning aerospace industry-related mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Plueger is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Qualifications, Experience, Key Attributes and Skills: Mr. Plueger has more than 28 years of aviation industry experience, providing the Company’s board with operational and aviation expertise and broad aerospace industry experience. In addition, Mr. Plueger has significant experience in finance and accounting matters as a Certified Public Accountant, having received his training as an auditor from Price Waterhouse. Mr. Plueger also brings to the Board experience as a public company director.
Francis Raborn
VP and Chief Financial Officer (Retired), United Defense Industries, Inc.
Francis “Buzz” Raborn retired from United Defense Inc. at the end of 2005 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position he held beginning in 1994 with the formation of the company. He was appointed to its board of directors in 1997.

Mr. Raborn had an extensive career with United Defense and its predecessor company, FMC, dating back to 1977. He served as FMC’s Defense Systems Group Controller in Santa Clara, Calif., where he was responsible for leading the financial planning for the group's four defense divisions.

Before joining FMC, Mr. Raborn held financial management positions at Chemetron Corporation and Ford Motor. He also served in the U.S. Air Force for more than five years as a command center duty director and an F-4 Phantom pilot, including tours of duty in Vietnam and Japan.

Mr. Raborn is a member of the Financial Executive Institute and a director for Allison Transmission, Inc. as well as privately held corporations and organizations. He received a B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and M.B.A. from University of California - Los Angeles. He also holds a CMA certificate.