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Patrick Shanahan, William Fitzgerald Join Spirit AeroSystems Board

Patrick Shanahan, former acting secretary at the Department of Defense, and 38-year General Electric (NYSE: GE) veteran William Fitzgerald have joined the board of directors at Spirit AeroSystems Holdings (NYSE: SPR).

Shanahan, a previous Wash100 inductee, will be part of the audit and compensation committees where he brings leadership experience at the DOD and a more than three-decade career with Boeing (NYSE: BA), Spirit AeroSystems said Friday.

He led the department on an acting basis for more than five months after his tenure in the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian post from July 2017 to January 2019.

Spirit AeroSystems said Fitzgerald, former vice president and general manager of commercial engine operations at GE Aviation, will serve on the audit and the governance and nominating committees.

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