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.
Bill Brown
Bill Brown
Senior Vice President
Boeing Programs
Bill Brown Bill Brown was named senior vice president of Boeing Programs at Spirit AeroSystems in October 2018. Before assuming leadership of all Boeing programs for the company, Brown served as senior vice president and general manager of Oklahoma Operations, Business/Regional Jets and Global Customer Support. In that role, Brown was 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. Previously, Brown served as executive vice president for Global Operations and president for Global Customer Service and Support at Beechcraft, 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.
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.
Jose I. Garcia
Jose I. Garcia
Senior Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
Jose I. Garcia Jose Ignacio Garcia was named Spirit AeroSystems senior vice president and chief financial officer in January 2019. Garcia is responsible for the overall financial management of the company, its financial reporting and transparency, and multiple corporate functions including Controller and Treasury. He also has responsibility for Investor Relations, Strategy, and Mergers and Acquisitions. A veteran finance leader at GE, Jose has served in a broad range of positions around the globe for more than 20 years. His experience includes CFO roles at GE Energy, GE Latin America, and most recently, as VP and CFO of GE Renewable Energy.
Duane F. Hawkins
Duane F. Hawkins
Senior Vice President; President
Defense & Fabrication
Duane F. Hawkins Duane Hawkins was named senior vice president; president, Defense and Fabrication in January 2019. In his role, Hawkins is responsible for two broad sectors of the business including all Spirit Fabrication work and Spirit’s growing Defense business. From September 2017 to January 2019, Hawkins served as senior vice present and general manager of Boeing, Defense, Business/Regional Jet Programs and Global Customer Support at Spirit AeroSystems. 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.
Kevin Matthies
Kevin Matthies
Senior Vice President
Global Fabrication
Kevin Matthies Kevin Matthies was named senior vice president of Global Fabrication in September 2017. In this role, Matthies is focused on executing the global growth strategy for the company’s Fabrication business. Matthies joined Spirit in 2013 serving in leadership roles on Airbus programs and most recently, as vice president, general manager of the 787 program. Matthies was responsible for the overall 787 program management and operations, including financials, for the fuselage, wing and propulsion in Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Subang, Malaysia. As vice president of Airbus Programs, Matthies was responsible for the A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380 programs and operations in Kinston, North Carolina, Prestwick, Scotland, Saint-Nazaire, France, Toulouse, France, and Subang, Malaysia. Matthies is a 30-year veteran of the aerospace industry, having worked in executive positions for Raytheon Missile Systems, Hughes Aircraft Company and General Dynamics in operational roles spanning Program Management, Chief Engineer, Software Engineering functional leadership and software technical lead on several proprietary programs. He joined Spirit AeroSystems after a 26-year career at Raytheon Missile Systems, where he most recently served as president of the Javelin Joint Venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. Matthies earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a graduate of Raytheon’s Leadership Excellence Program and was the recipient of the Raytheon 2010 Corporate Program Leadership Award.
Scott McLarty
Scott McLarty
Senior Vice President
Airbus Programs
Scott McLarty Scott McLarty is senior vice president of Airbus Programs at Spirit AeroSystems. Before assuming the senior vice president position, McLarty held vice president responsibility for Spirit’s U.K. and Malaysia business units and was responsible for developing the strategy and driving profitable growth. McLarty joined Spirit in April 2006 as part of the acquisition of the UK BAE Systems’ Aerostructures business unit which created Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) Ltd. Throughout his extensive career, McLarty has held a number of leadership roles in Operations, Project Management, Business Improvement, Supply Chain and HR. He has worked on several aircraft programs including Boeing, Airbus, Hawker, Business Jets and Jetstream aircraft. McLarty has a breadth of experience in the aerospace industry gathered over 26 years and has key skills within project and program management, HR and industrial relations, commercial customer & government relations, business turnaround and driving strategic growth. McLarty holds external board-level positions and is influential within the industry and supporting bodies including government boards. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD) and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He holds a Fellowship in Aerospace Manufacturing Management (FAMM) gained at Cranfield University.
Vic McMullen
Vic McMullen
Senior Vice President
Global Manufacturing and Boeing Operations
Vic McMullen Victor (Vic) R. McMullen Jr. was named senior vice president, Global Manufacturing and Boeing Operations, with overall responsibility for Wichita and Oklahoma Operations and Operations Excellence in October 2018. McMullen held multiple vice president and general manager positions before joining the executive leadership team, including all Wichita Boeing Program Operations, Supply Chain, Fabrication, and Sikorsky Helicopter and Bell V-280 for the Fuselage business segment. McMullen has been with Sprit since 2005 when the company was formed following the divestiture of the Commercial Airplanes Wichita Division from Boeing. Before working for Spirit, McMullen was employed by the Boeing Company for 20 years. During his tenure at Boeing, he held positions in Military/Commercial Modifications, Propulsion, Fuselage business units and Quality. McMullen is a graduate of Southwestern College with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Leadership.
John A. Pilla
John A. Pilla
Senior Vice President
Chief Technology 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
Operations & Chief Procurement Officer
Ron Rabe Ron Rabe is senior vice president of Operations and chief procurement officer at Spirit AeroSystems. Rabe has held various senior vice president positions since he joined the company in June 2015. In addition to Operations, he has held responsibility for Fabrication, Supply Chain, Manufacturing Strategy, Facilities and Tooling and Strategic Sourcing. Rabe brought three decades of leadership experience to Spirit, having previously 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.
Mark J. Suchinski
Mark J. Suchinski
Vice President
Quality
Mark J. Suchinski Mark Suchinski was named vice president, Quality, and a member of the executive leadership team (ELT), in August 2019 for Spirit AeroSystems. In this role, his overall responsibility is to increase Spirit’s focus and emphasis on quality across the business.

Previously, Suchinski served as vice president and general manager of the 787 Program where he was responsible for the overall 787 program management and operations, including financials for the fuselage, wing and propulsion in Wichita, Kansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Subang, Malaysia. He also served as Corporate Controller, managing all facets of Spirit’s accounting operations, including the monthly close cycle, financial reporting, internal control, policy development and Securities and Exchange Commission reporting functions.

Suchinski joined Spirit in 2006 as the Controller for the Aerostructures Segment of the business. In July 2010, he was named vice president of Financial Planning & Analysis and Corporate Contracts, where he was responsible for developing integrated long-range business plans and managing customer contracting and pricing processes. In August 2012, Suchinski was named vice president of Finance and Treasurer. In this role, he led Spirit's corporate treasury activities, including global banking, capital structure planning, capital markets execution, strategic and operational cash management, debt management and compliance, and insurance.

Prior to joining Spirit, Suchinski held the position of vice president and chief accounting officer for Home Products International from 2000 to 2006. In addition, he held numerous financial leadership positions and spent three years in public accounting.

Mark attended DePaul University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Board of Directors

Robert D. 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 E. 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.
Laura H. Wright
Chief Financial Officer (Retired), Southwest Airlines Co.
Laura H. Wright, 58. Ms. Wright became a director of Spirit AeroSystems on February 20, 2018. Ms. Wright was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Southwest Airlines Co., a post she held from July 2004 to October 2012. During her 25 year career at Southwest, she also served as Vice President Finance and Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Director Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Southwest in January 1988, Ms. Wright was a Manager with Arthur Young & Company. She currently serves on the boards of directors of TE Connectivity LTD, CMS Energy and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and serves as Vice Chair of the UNT System Board of Regents. Ms. Wright brings to the Board broad finance experience, commercial aviation experience and public company board experience. She is a certified public accountant (Texas) and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas.
Stephen Anthony Cambone