Tom Gentile Named AIA Board Chair, Ted Colbert to Serve as Vice Chair

Tom Gentile, president and CEO of Spirit AeroSystems, and Ted Colbert, president and CEO of Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) defense, space and security business, have been elected to serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Aerospace Industries Association’s board of governors for 2023.

Eric Fanning, a previous Wash100 awardee, will continue to serve as president and CEO of AIA as a result of his reelection to the position, the association said in a Nov. 21 news release.

AIA represents over 320 aerospace and defense manufacturers and suppliers that support more than 2.1 million U.S. jobs and contribute $391 billion to the country’s gross domestic product.

Fanning, Colbert and Gentile, who succeeds Mike Petters, executive vice chairman of HII’s (NYSE: HII) board and a previous Wash100 Award recipient, will also serve on AIA’s executive committee in the coming year.

Other industry CEOs and leaders who will serve on the trade group’s 2023 executive committee are:

  • Anne Shybunko-Moore, GSE Dynamics
  • Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay
  • Christopher Kastner, HII
  • Christopher Kubasik, L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX)
  • Dave Kaufman, Ball Aerospace
  • Eric Mendelson, HEICO, Ex Officio
  • Fatih Ozmen, Sierra Nevada
  • Gregory Hayes, Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX)
  • Heather Bulk, Special Aerospace Services
  • John Slattery, General Electric’s (NYSE: GE) aviation business
  • Kathleen Boyle, Verify
  • Kathy Warden, Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)
  • Mike Kahn, CAES
  • Mike Madsen, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Phebe Novakovic, General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
  • Roger Krone, Leidos (NYSE: LDOS)
  • Scott Donnelly, Textron Inc.
  • Thomas Bell, Rolls-Royce North America
  • Tom Arseneault, BAE Systems Inc.
  • Vern Heyer, LAI International, Associate Member Representative

Kubasik, Warden, Novakovic, Krone and Arseneault are also recipients of the Wash100 Award.

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