Featured business person: Andy Cobb

02/02/2012 12:00 AM

02/01/2012 1:35 PM

Andy Cobb,

Vice president of engineering, Spirit AeroSystems

Cobb wasn’t looking for a change, a new job or a reason to move.

So why come to Spirit from Honeywell in Tempe, Ariz.?

"I saw a great challenge here for me to take on something new using my background," Cobb said. "There are some really neat things going on with Spirit. They’re really trying to drive to the next level of excellence. That excited me."

Cobb, 54, grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Western New England College in Massachusetts with a degree in mechanical engineering. He started out doing design work for Avco Lycoming, a gas turbine propulsion manufacturer. He stayed with it as the company was bought by Textron and then AlliedSignal Engines in Arizona, which eventually merged with Honeywell.

"It was the first job I had out of college," he said. "I really liked that it used a lot of things I learned in school."

He moved into management and has served in director and vice president roles.

His new job "takes all my leadership, combined with my original passion for structural development," he said. "It’s a good combination."

Cobb and his wife, Debbie, have four grown children. Off the job, he’s a woodworker, "serious" model train enthusiast and outdoorsman.

"My wife and I are big on outdoor activity," he said. "You name it — kayaking, canoeing, camping. We like to RV a lot. That’s where we spend our weekends."

Joe Stumpe

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