Growth drives down costs on Spirit CEO's agenda

Spirit AeroSystems´ newest executive Tom Gentile, who is scheduled to take the role of CEO at the end of July, has unveiled his agenda for future growth and the strength of the company´s seven-year backlog of work on new commercial airplanes for Airbus and Boeing, the company said.

Gentile joined Spirit in April, to serve executive vice president and chief operating officer and second in command to CEO Larry Lawson, who retires in July.

Gentile came to Spirit from General Electric, where since 1998 he worked in a variety of leadership roles for the conglomerate, including as president and CEO of GE Aviation Services and GE Healthcare Systems.

He said his other priorities are to deliver on the commitments Spirit has made to its customers, including meeting higher production rates Boeing has set for the 737.
Another priority for Gentile is lowering Spirit´s costs of manufacturing, which he said are in the company´s supply chain.