GKN Aerospace has announced the appointment of Shawn Black as president of its defence sector, bringing significant aerospace and defence leadership experience to the business.

Black started his career as a United States Marine Corps Officer before moving into the industry 22 years ago. During that time, he has achieved a consistent record of strong financial and operational performance growth in senior leadership and operational roles across military and commercial markets. His background includes senior roles with companies such as Leonardo DRS, Cobham Plc, and Cobham’s Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES) where he served as COO then CEO.

“I am very excited to join GKN Aerospace, especially at a time when we are starting to see a positive turnaround across the industry. GKN Aerospace is an important partner on the world’s leading defence platforms, and I look forward to working closely with our customers to strengthen our partnerships for the long term,” Black said.

GKN Aerospace is a global multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. As a global company serving the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, GKN Aerospace develops, builds and supplies an extensive range of advanced aerospace systems, components and technologies– for use in defence and commercial aircraft ranging from helicopters, business jets, passenger planes to the most advanced fighter aircraft. Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort. GKN Aerospace is market leading in aerostructures, engine systems and operates in 12 countries at 39 manufacturing locations employing approximately 15,000 people.

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