Spirit AeroSystems Announces CEO Transition 

By Woodrow Bellamy III | June 8, 2016
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Spirit Aerosystems COO Tom Gentile
Spirit Aerosystems COO Tom Gentile. Photo: Spirit Aerosystems.

 [Avionics Magazine 06-08-2016] Spirit AeroSystems announced that Larry Lawson, its president and CEO, has decided to retire on July 31. Lawson joined Spirit in 2013. Spirit’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Gentile will take over as president and CEO following Lawson’s retirement, and will transition into the new role over the next several weeks.

“Larry Lawson has been a tremendous leader for Spirit. Under Larry’s leadership the company’s financial health has greatly improved, as has its operational performance,” said Bob Johnson, board chairman for Spirit Aerosystems. “Larry has been the catalyst that enabled Spirit to stabilize critical maturing programs, divest non-profitable business jet programs, transform operations across the enterprise, build a great team and win new business which has solidified the foundation for future growth.”

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