Leadership changes at Spirit AeroSystems

Leadership changes at Spirit AeroSystems 24 Jul, 11, Source: Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems announced today a series of organizational changes to better align leadership with the needs of the business. David Coleal will join the company as senior vice president/general manager of the Fuselage Segment. In that role, Mr. Coleal will be responsible for the company’s fuselage structures and components, comprising more than $2 billion dollars in revenue in 2010.

“I am very pleased to welcome David to the Spirit AeroSystems team. He brings a strategic focus, as well as in-depth knowledge and experience in the industry,” said Jeff Turner, Spirit AeroSystems president and CEO.

Coleal has earned a respected reputation in aerospace, having served most recently as vice president and general manager of Bombardier’s Learjet product line. After beginning his aerospace career in 2001 at Cirrus Design Corporation, he assumed the role of vice president of operations until being named president and COO in 2006. Prior manufacturing and related experience included positions with Toyota/GM, Caterpillar, and McKinsey & Company.

Other key leadership changes include:

  • Mike King transitions from senior vice president/general manager of Fuselage Segment to chief operations officer for Spirit.
  • Current COO Buck Buchanan transitions to senior vice president, advanced projects, focusing on a number of strategic initiatives.
  • Alex Kummant assumes the role of senior vice president of Spirit Oklahoma operations.

“I am confident that these leaders will drive performance excellence in everything we do, maintaining the highest quality while improving productivity and the output of our teams,” Turner said.

About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc.
Based in Wichita, Kan., Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of commercial airplane assemblies and components. In addition to its Kansas facility, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and is developing a new manufacturing facility in Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., Spirit’s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus.

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