Spirit shuffles executives, hires two more

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Spirit AeroSystems on Monday said it was shuffling the roles of two of its senior executives and has hired two other executives.

The Wichita-based aviation supplier said Duane Hawkins has been named senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Boeing, business and regional jet programs. Hawkins, who joined Spirit two years ago as senior vice president of operations, will also continue to oversee Spirit’s defense business.

Ron Rabe, most recently a vice president at Eaton Corp., has joined Spirit and will assume the operations post from Hawkins.

John Pilla, who was overseeing Spirit’s Airbus programs, has been named chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s engineering and research and development.

And Michelle J. Lohmeier will join Spirit as senior vice president and general manager for its Airbus programs. She comes to Spirit from Raytheon Co., where she was vice president of land warfare systems at Raytheon Missile Systems.

All four executives will report to Spirit CEO Larry Lawson.

“Spirit is in the midst of an exciting transformation,” Lawson said in a news release Monday. “Having the right people in the right roles will be key to achieving our aggressive goals around performance, cost management, and growth.”

The changes come following the departure of David Coleal, who left the company as executive vice president of Boeing, business and regional jet programs to be president of Bombardier Business Aircraft beginning June 15.