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Spirit AeroSystems announces leadership changes

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Wichita, Ks., USA - June 9, 2015, Wichita, Ks., USA - Spirit AeroSystems Inc., a first-tier aerostructures manufacturer, announced several senior leadership changes, reflecting further advancement in the company's transformation strategy.




Duane Hawkins has been named senior vice president and general manager, Boeing, Business and Regional Jet Programs.

Mr. Hawkins will also continue to oversee Spirit Defense. Mr. Hawkins joined Spirit in 2013 as senior vice president of Operations following more than 30 years in the aerospace industry, including executive positions at Raytheon Missile Systems, Defense Research Inc., and General Dynamics.

Ron Rabe joins the company as senior vice president of Operations, taking over that role from Mr. Hawkins.

Mr. Rabe is an experienced global operations leader, having served at positions of increasing responsibility at Eaton Corporation. Most recently, he was the company's vice president of global manufacturing and supply chain, vehicle group.

John Pilla has been named senior vice president of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Pilla has served in several top leadership and engineering positions at Spirit, most recently overseeing all Spirit work on Airbus Programs. In his new role, Mr. Pilla will have responsibility for engineering and R&D across all programs.

Michelle J. Lohmeier will join the company as senior vice president and general manager, Airbus Programs.

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