Spirit AeroSystems' former chief financial officer and, later, head of its defense business was named Thursday as CEO of HM Dunn Aerosystems.
In his new job, Phil Anderson will be based at HM Dunn's Wichita facility and have oversight of the company's operations in Wichita, St. Louis, Texas and Oklahoma.
He succeeds Phil Milazzo.
"As CEO, Anderson will bring a rich combination of management skills, customer focus, business and engineering acumen, a can-do spirit and the will to work with customers to develop winning partnerships," said Gene Conese Jr., HM Dunn chairman and managing partner of Connecticut-based Gridiron Capital, which owns the 500-employee company.
Anderson, 53, was traveling Thursday and unavailable for comment.
A Wichita State University graduate, Anderson started his 27-year career at Boeing in 1989. He was later posted to its Chicago headquarters as director of corporate finance and banking. In 2006, he returned to Wichita as Spirit's vice president of finance. Three years later he was promoted to CFO, a role he served until 2013, when he was appointed senior vice president of Spirit's defense program.
During his stint as head of defense programs, Anderson was involved in Spirit's development of the fuselage for the Textron Bell V-280 Valor tilt-rotor aircraft program as well as Lockheed Martin’s Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter. HM Dunn said in a news release that Anderson led and helped Spirit win work on Northrop Grumman's new B-21 Raider bomber.
Anderson left Spirit in May 2016 and most recently was working as a consultant.
HM Dunn, at 4201 S. 119th West, manufactures parts, assemblies and structures for the commercial, military and business aircraft markets.