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Spirit AeroSystems Announces Leadership Changes to Drive Ongoing Transformation

WICHITA, Kan., June 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Spirit AeroSystems Inc. (NYSE: SPR) today announced several senior leadership changes, reflecting further advancement in the company's transformation strategy.

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Duane Hawkins has been named senior vice president and general manager, Boeing, Business and Regional Jet Programs. He will also continue to oversee Spirit Defense. 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 Hawkins. 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. 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, 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. Lohmeier has extensive aerospace experience at Raytheon Company, most recently as vice president of the Land Warfare Systems product line at Raytheon Missile Systems. Hawkins, Lohmeier, Pilla, and Rabe will report to President and CEO Larry Lawson.

"These changes to the leadership team reflect our commitment to strengthen the company by continuing to deploy formidable executive talent to our key focus areas," said Lawson. "In the case of Duane and John, we're leveraging the skill and experience of two strong leaders in high-priority areas for Spirit. The two new additions to our already-strong leadership team bring exceptional capabilities. Ron has a wealth of experience acutely aligned with our operations strategic initiatives. And Michelle is a proven leader who is ideally suited to drive improvements and maximize efficiencies as the A350 XWB production rate increases.

"Spirit is in the midst of an exciting transformation," Lawson added. "Having the right people in the right roles will be key to achieving our aggressive goals around performance, cost management, and growth."

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About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in Wichita, Kan., USA, is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its Wichita and Chanute facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Prestwick, Scotland; Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and 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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