Spirit AeroSystems names new CEO
In a move to take Spirit AeroSystems to the next level, Larry Lawson was named new president and chief executive officer for the aircraft maker.
Lawson, formerly executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' business segment, begins his new job April 6. He began his career as a flight control engineer working on the F-15 Eagle at McDonnell Douglas. Lawson succeeds Jeff Turner, who has been Spirit's CEO since the company was formed in 2005.
"The board wishes to express warm thanks to Jeff Turner for his dedication as CEO, and for his vision and leadership in creating Spirit by transforming a former original equipment manufacturer supply division into a premier aerostructures manufacturer," said Bob Johnson, board chairman of Spirit AeroSystems. "Jeff has built a truly world class business in Spirit."
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest non-original equipment manufacturer designers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. The company has more than $5 billion in annual revenue, with a current backlog in excess of $35 billion.
Every Boeing commercial aircraft in production contains Spirit hardware, as does a majority of the Airbus fleet.