Spirit AeroSystems appoints new COO

Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) has named Tom Gentile as executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), the company said.

Gentile will join the company April 1, reporting directly to Spirit President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Lawson.

As Spirit COO, Gentile will be responsible for the strategic leadership, profitable growth, development and operation of the company´s core business units. He will oversee all of Spirit´s programs as well as all aspects of engineering, operations and business development.

Gentile holds a bachelor´s degree in Economics as well as an MBA from Harvard University. He is also active on boards for a number of non-profit organizations.

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world´s largest independent producers of large aerostructures. Its core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components. Spirit has long-term agreements in place with its largest customers, Boeing and Airbus. Other customers include Bombardier, Rolls Royce, Mitsubishi, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter. Based in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates facilities in the US, U.K., France and Malaysia. Spirit also provides aftermarket customer support, including MRO, spare parts, and engineering services in North America, Europe and Asia.