Components Corp of America: New Officials

Components Corp. of America (CCA) has promoted James Gust and Richard Brown of CCA’s StacoSwitch subsidiary. Effective July 1, Gust, a 39-year StacoSwitch veteran, assumed the position of CCA vice president, moving from the post of unit president. He will focus primarily on growth through acquisitions of compatible companies and products.

Richard Brown has been named president and general manager of StacoSwitch, rising from the position of vice president of marketing, which he held for the past 11 years. Brown will have profit-and-loss responsibility for the division’s operations. StacoSwitch designs, produces and markets switches, electronic interface controllers and data entry keyboards for defense and industrial equipment manufacturers. Visit for further details.

BAE Systems IEWS: Ward, Vice President
H. Marshal Ward joins BAE Systems’ Information & Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS), Nashua, N.H., as vice president of the company’s new Space Systems Operations business. Ward comes to BAE Systems following a 35-year career in the U.S. Air Force, which culminated in the role of director of special programs in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. The new Space Systems Operations unit will be monitoring emerging U.S. government trends, as well as space-related programs, according to the company.

Ward has experience in space and missile defense, low-observables and other technologies applied to air and space systems, export licensing and special programs. A graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C., Ward received a master’s degree in business administration from Auburn University. See

Thales Group: Bourgeois, Operations Director
The Thales Group has tapped Jacques Bourgeois to direct its operations in Saudi Arabia. Bourgeois takes on the jobs of chairman and CEO of Thales International Saudi Arabia and CEO of TCB and Stesa. The three companies work cooperatively with the kingdom in the defense and civil arenas. Bourgeois comes to Thales with experience from various government and industry posts. A Ph.D. graduate in economics at the University of Paris, he also studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He worked at the Thomson-CSF Group (now Thales Group) from 1991 to 1997. Thales has had operations in Saudi Arabia for more than 30 years and employs approximately 1,200 people there.

Tyco Electronics: Gromer, Award Winner
Juergen Gromer, president of Tyco Electronics, has been honored by connector consultants, Bishop & Associates, as winner of the "2000 Connector Industry Achievement Award." The annual award spotlights an individual who has made a significant contribution to the industry. Tyco Electronics is a unit of Tyco International Ltd. Under Gromer’s two-year leadership, Tyco Electronics, formerly AMP Inc., doubled in size and achieved an internal growth rate two times the industry norm. Besides reorganizing the company, he diversified it through acquisitions. Tyco’s product line expanded from connectors to relays, switches, power components and systems, wire harnessing, protection and identification products, and other passive and active devices. Tyco claims to be the largest passive components manufacturer. Visit

Kaman Aerospace Corp.: Lubenstein, President
Joseph Lubenstein, formerly vice president, quality, at Pratt & Whitney, has taken over as president of Kaman Aerospace Corp., a subsidiary of Kaman Corp. Lubenstein succeeded Walter Kozlow, who retired after 41 years with the company. Lubenstein, 53, joins Kaman after holding posts at Pratt & Whitney, including plant manager of P&W’s Southington (Conn.) Operations, general manager of the company’s Rotors and Shafts Product Center, vice president and general manager of the PW4000 engine program, vice president and general manager of spares management, and vice president of quality. A graduate of the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Lubenstein holds master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Hartford, respectively. See

Boeing Business Jets: Monson, President
Boeing Business Jets has named Lee Monson as its new president, replacing Borge Boeskov, who will retire early next year. Monson and Boeskov will work together until that time. Monson, formerly BBJ vice president of sales, will report to Mike Bair, executive vice president of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Launched in 1996 as a joint venture with General Electric, BBJ produces large, B737-size executive aircraft. So far, BBJ has delivered 56 "green" aircraft (no paint or interior); 32 completed jets are in service. Visit

Dy 4 Systems: Larsen, Vice President, Operations
Suzanne Larsen has been named vice president of operations at Dy 4 Systems Inc., a supplier of VME and CompactPCI embedded solutions for the military and commercial markets. Previously, Larsen held the same title with Sedona Networks. In her Dy 4 slot, Larsen will manage the company’s supply chain and manufacturing operations. She previously held management positions with Mitel Corp., Computing Devices Canada and TimeStep Corp. In her 21-year career in operations management, Larsen has put into effect ISO 9001 and 9002 standards, developed supplier quality programs and performance systems, and planned and implemented operational processes. Visit

Million Air: Sullivan, Customer Relations Mgr.
Million Air Monterey, in California, has announced the appointment of Marilyn Sullivan as customer relations manager, working in the area of transient and base aircraft, maintenance and charter programs at the facility. She has 14 years of experience as a dispatcher and business operations manager and has served on the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee. For more on Million Air, phone 972-733-5814, in Addison, Texas.

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