THE AEROSPACE EVENT –
BEVERLY HILLS

2024

"An investment in knowledge
always pays the best interest."

Benjamin Franklin

ABOUT THIS EVENT

A Gathering for the A&D Middle-tier: Where Knowledge and Influence Meet

The Aerospace Event will provide aerospace and defense industry suppliers and stakeholders with a top-level, confidential, informative, and exclusive venue for executives to learn and exchange ideas on common concerns and new developments in our rapidly-changing industry.

Mission

Our goal is to provide the premier gathering venue for the important middle-tier of the aerospace industry on an exclusive basis to ensure quality input and discussions.

Agenda

For 2024, we are pleased to add a Raw Materials Edition to the program on March 18 — the day before The Aerospace Event.

The agenda is comprised of notable experts from the air transport market and commercial space. This gathering is designed to serve aerospace business leaders, supply chain executives, market analysts, and financial institutions throughout the dynamic global aerospace and defense supply chain, ranging from materials and parts suppliers to assemblers and OEMs.  

Our elite group of expert speakers will address important industry issues — market drivers, demand outlook, emerging technology, supply chain challenges and material shortages in an informative set of presentations and panel discussions.

Where

Beverly Wilshire

When

March 18-19, 2024

Agenda
Presenters

Preliminary Agenda

Keynote Presentations / Panel Discussions / Networking Functions

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
The Aerospace Event - Raw Materials Edition
Registration, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by thyssenkrupp Aerospace

Lunch, Champagne Room

Sponsored by Gallagher

1:30 PM - 1:35 PM
Welcome Address, Ballroom
Joanna Speed, Founder & CEO, The AeroLambda Group
1:35 PM - 2:00 PM
Opening Address
Peter C. Zimm, Principal, Charles Edwards Management Consulting
2:00 PM - 2:55 PM
Aerospace Raw Materials Market: Views from Leading OEMs and the Industry
Moderated by Peter C. Zimm, Principal, Charles Edwards Management Consulting
Nicolas Lemoine, Vice President Procurement & Head, Regional Procurement Office, Airbus Americas
Jeffrey M. Carpenter, Senior Director, Supply Chain Category Management & Contracts Materials and Standards, Boeing
Mesh Feigenbaum, Managing Director, Siempelkamp ForgeIQ
Michael Wagner, Vice President, Business Development, United Performance Metals
2:55 PM - 3:25 PM
Coffee & Tea Break, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Nycote Laboratories

3:25 PM - 3:50 PM
Fireside Discussion on Aerospace Materials Supply Chain Interdependency and the Business Climate
Moderated by Cliff Collier, Principal, Charles Edwards Management Consulting
Marc Doyle, Executive Vice President, Composite Materials, Syensqo
3:50 PM - 4:35 PM
Discussion: Dynamics in the Aerospace Metals Supply Chain
Moderated by Cliff Collier, Principal, Charles Edwards Management Consulting
Robert S. Wetherbee, Board Chair & CEO, ATI
Patrick Marous, Chief Executive Officer, Global, thyssenkrupp Aerospace
Peter Neuberger, President & CEO, United Performance Metals
4:35 PM - 4:40 PM
Refresher Break
4:40 PM - 5:30 PM
Discussion: The Layup - Composites Market Outlook
Moderated by Martha Neubauer, Senior Associate, AeroDynamic Advisory
Greg Harwell, Group President, Albany Engineered Composites
Imad Atallah, Vice President, Product Management - Americas & Global Fibers, Hexcel
David Arnold, President, Royal Engineered Composites
Timothy Kirk, Vice President, Marketing & Strategy, Toray Composite Materials America
5:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Peter C. Zimm, Principal, Charles Edwards Management Consulting
Joanna Speed, Founder & CEO, The AeroLambda Group
5:35 PM - 7:00 PM
Reception in Conjunction with The Aerospace Event, Champagne Room

Sponsored by Alabama

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by thyssenkrupp Aerospace

Breakfast, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing, CAM

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM
Welcome Address, Ballroom
Joanna Speed, Founder & CEO, The AeroLambda Group
8:05 AM - 8:35 AM
Opening Address: The Airline Market View - An Analyst's Perspective
Stephen Trent, Managing Director, Americas Airlines & Latin Transports Equity Research, Citi
8:35 AM - 9:05 AM
A View from the Top
John S. Slattery, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, GE Aerospace
9:05 AM - 9:35 AM
A Top-Level View from the Middle-tier
Bryan Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, Novaria Group
9:35 AM - 9:40 AM
Refresher Break
9:40 AM - 10:15 AM
Fireside Chat: A Powerful Alliance for Success in Aerospace Aftermarket
Moderated by Dr. Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory
Eric A. Mendelson, Co-President & CEO, HEICO Corporation
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Coffee & Tea Break, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Nycote Laboratories

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Why the Twin-Aisle Bear Market Could be Structural
Richard Aboulafia, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Taking a Balanced Scorecard Approach as a Tier-1 Supplier
Keith Flail, Senior Vice President & General Manager - Fluid & Electrical Distribution Division - Aerospace Group, Eaton
11:45 AM - 11:55 AM
Refresher Break
11:55 AM - 1:00 PM
Viewpoints and Discussions from Commercial OEM Market Leaders
Mariana Pérez Mora, Vice President, A&D Equity Research, Bank of America Securities
Commercial Jet Aircraft Panelists
Bob Lange, Senior Vice President, Head, Business Analysis & Market Forecast, Airbus
Wendy R. Sowers, Director, Commercial Market Forecast & Analysis, Boeing
Commercial Jet Engine Panelists
Charles Armitage, Director, Aerospace & Defense - Europe, Citi
Karin Burns, Head, Marketing, Commercial Engines & Services, GE Aerospace
Paul Finklestein, Director, Product Marketing, Pratt & Whitney
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Lunch, Champagne and Burgundy Rooms

Sponsored by CFM International

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Industry Vantage Points: Three Views - Discussions
Moderated by Kenneth Herbert, Managing Director & Senior A&D Analyst, RBC Capital Markets
The Market View
Robin Riedel, Partner, McKinsey & Company
The Equity View
Sheila Kahyaoglu, Managing Director, Equity Research, Jefferies
The Media View
Jon Ostrower, Editor-in-Chief, The Air Current
3:00 PM - 3:10 PM
Refresher Break
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM
Advanced Air Mobility: Separating Reality from Spin
Dr. Kevin Michaels, Managing Director, AeroDynamic Advisory
3:40 PM - 4:15 PM
Tea Break, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Nycote Laboratories

4:15 PM - 5:25 PM
M&A Perspectives from Leading Strategic and Financial Acquirers
Moderated by William H. Alderman, Founder & President, Alderman & Company
Chris R. Celtruda, Operating Executive, ATL Partners
Hector J. Cuellar, Managing Director, Crewe Capital
Michael J. Richter, Managing Director, Global Head - A&D Investment Banking Group, Lazard
John Cuomo, President & CEO, VSE Corporation
5:25 PM
Closing Remarks
Joanna Speed, Founder & CEO, The AeroLambda Group
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Farewell Reception, Ballroom Foyer

Sponsored by Alabama

Distinguished Presenters

Hear perspectives from top leaders in the Aerospace & Defense Industry
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Robert S. Wetherbee
Board Chair & CEO
ATI

Robert S. Wetherbee

Board Chair & CEO
ATI

Mr. Robert Wetherbee became President and CEO of ATI in 2019 and was named Board Chair in 2021. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of ATI's Flat Rolled Products business since 2015, and President, ATI Flat Rolled Products beginning in April 2014. Mr. Wetherbee was President and CEO of Minerals Technologies, Inc. from March 2013 to February 2014. From 2010 through 2012, he was President of ATI's tungsten materials business. Prior to joining ATI, he spent nearly 30 years at Alcoa, serving in a variety of operational leadership roles, including President, Rigid Packaging; President – Sheet & Plate Products; and interim CEO of Metalspectrum.com, an industry-led ecommerce marketplace.

Chris R. Celtruda
Operating Executive
ATL Partners

Chris R. Celtruda

Operating Executive
ATL Partners

Mr. Chris Celtruda is an experienced leader for public and private equity owned businesses focused on differentiated products and services in the aerospace, defense, space and industrial end markets. In addition to being engaged across the portfolio as a senior advisor, he also holds the role of Chief Executive Officer for Valence Surface Technologies. This ATL Partners private equity portfolio company is focused on the deployment of metal finishing technologies for the commercial aviation, defense, space, energy and medical markets. Mr. Celtruda also remains active as the Managing Principal for Destiny Equity Partners, a firm he founded to provide merger and acquisition advisory services and to provide co-invest capital to private equity growth projects. Prior to Valence Surface Technologies, he served as the Chief Executive Officer for Kellstrom Defense Holdings, a Dubin Clark and PNC Equity backed portfolio of defense aftermarket businesses. His responsibility was the formation and sale of an integrated sustainment business comprising defense aftermarket distribution, engineered product design, aero-structures manufacturing and aircraft component maintenance businesses, that served military and commercial customers in over 50 countries. Mr. Celtruda has over 30 years of leadership experience, with public company executive roles at General Dynamics, Honeywell, CIRCOR International and Gardner Denver, managing complex businesses in the aerospace, electronics, space, energy, defense, and industrial end markets.

Kevin Michaels
Managing Director
AeroDynamic Advisory

Kevin Michaels

Managing Director
AeroDynamic Advisory

Dr. Kevin Michaels has 37 years of professional experience, including more than 600 consulting engagements for leading aviation and aerospace companies across the globe. He co-founded AeroStrategy in 2001 and successfully grew the consultancy until its acquisition by ICF International in 2011. Earlier, he was Director, Strategic Development at Rockwell Collins Government Systems and a Principal with The Canaan Group — a consultancy that co-founded the MRO Conference series with Aviation Week Network. Dr. Michaels is a globally recognized expert in the aerospace manufacturing and MRO sectors and has significant functional expertise in corporate and business strategy, M&A advisory, technology and market assessment, and cluster development. His experience spans commercial and military markets. Dr. Michaels authored AeroDynamic: Inside the High-Stakes Global Jetliner Ecosystem, winner of the 2019 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. In 2021, he was the recipient of the Annual Gilbert W. Speed Award for leadership across the global aerospace supply chain. Currently, he is co-authoring Time Machines: A Modern History of Business Aviation with his colleague Richard Aboulafia.

Richard Aboulafia
Managing Director
AeroDynamic Advisory

Richard Aboulafia

Managing Director
AeroDynamic Advisory

Mr. Richard Aboulafia joined AeroDynamic Advisory in January 2022. Since 1988, he has tracked aircraft programs, markets, and companies as an analyst and consultant and now manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aviation field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace market and industry trends. Mr. Aboulafia has advised numerous aerospace companies, including most prime and many second- and third-tier contractors in the US, Europe and Asia. Additionally, he advises numerous financial institutions on aerospace market conditions.

Martha Neubauer
Senior Associate
AeroDynamic Advisory

Martha Neubauer

Senior Associate
AeroDynamic Advisory

Ms. Martha Neubauer conducts comprehensive market research, forecasting and strategy development for a broad range of aerospace clients. At AeroDynamic, she has supported clients from raw material providers through aircraft and engine OEMs and across numerous sectors including aerostructures, MRO, and novel aircraft development. Her career started at Boeing where she worked in composite manufacturing at the 777X Composite Wing Center and in interiors product development on the NMA program.

Bob Lange
Senior VP, Head, Business Analysis & Market Forecast
Airbus

Bob Lange

Senior VP, Head, Business Analysis & Market Forecast
Airbus

Mr. Bob Lange was appointed to his current position in 2018. His team is responsible for market research and forecasting, business analysis and benchmarking to support Airbus Strategy. In over 30 years at Airbus, his responsibilities have alternated between marketing Airbus and its products towards the outside world and acting as the Voice of the Customer internally in the field of product development. Mr. Lange held marketing account responsibilities in North America and Asia, followed by Product Marketing responsibility for A330/A340 and A380 and led the Cabin Interiors Marketing team. Prior to his current role, he was VP Marketing and subsequently led the Product Strategy team. His career began as a Future Projects engineer in the military transport segment.

Nicolas Lemoine
Vice President Procurement & Head, Regional Procurement Office
Airbus Americas

Nicolas Lemoine

Vice President Procurement & Head, Regional Procurement Office
Airbus Americas

Mr. Nicolas Lemoine leads Procurement Operations, Flying Part Services, Strategy & Transformation and General Procurement for Airbus Americas. Since 2017, he has been based in Herndon, Virginia at Airbus Americas Headquarters. In his last position, he was the Head of Supply Chain Development for Airbus Procurement Operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, where he led a team that supports the Airbus North America supply chain for the Airbus commodities of Aerostructures, Cabin, Systems & Equipment and Materials. Mr. Lemoine has extensive experience in Sales, Purchasing & Operations Management through his previous consulting and Airbus positions in France, Sweden and Germany.

Greg Harwell
Group President
Albany Engineered Composites

Greg Harwell

Group President
Albany Engineered Composites

Mr. Greg Harwell joined the Company in 2019 and has served as Group President since November 2019. Prior to joining the company, he served as President of Aerostructures for Precision Castparts, managing all aspects of the organization for the Aerostructures division. Mr. Harwell also served as Vice President and General Manager in charge of Global Operations Strategy at Alcoa Fastening Systems and Rings, and before November 2014 was responsible for multiple operations within Alcoa Fastening Systems. From June 2019 until joining Albany International, he was a consultant to Arlington Capital Partners providing M&A advisory services.

William H. Alderman
Founder & President
Alderman & Company

William H. Alderman

Founder & President
Alderman & Company

Mr. William Alderman has completed more than $1 Billion in mergers and acquisition-related transactions. Prior to 2001, he worked for a decade on Wall Street and for the industry — predominantly working on M&A transactions in the middle market of the A&D industry. His past employers include Fieldstone Capital, BT Securities, General Electric and Aviation Sales Company. Mr. Alderman has served on the boards of UFC Aerospace, now a unit of Boeing; Cox & Co., an ESOP-owned manufacturer of de-icing systems; Breeze Eastern Corporation, now a unit of Transdigm, Telos Corporation and DLH Corporation.

Mariana Perez Mora
Vice President, A&D Equity Research
Bank of America Securities

Mariana Perez Mora

Vice President, A&D Equity Research
Bank of America Securities

Ms. Mariana Pérez Mora covers the national security services providers as a lead analyst. The A&D team has been ranked top 3 in the Institutional Investor All-America Research survey for over a decade. Ms. Perez Mora has been with the firm since 2015. Previously, she was a lead equity research analyst at CRISIL GR&A, a Standard and Poor's company, for seven years.

Wendy Sowers
Director, Commercial Market Forecast & Analysis
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Wendy Sowers

Director, Commercial Market Forecast & Analysis
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Ms. Wendy Sowers leads Boeing Commercial Airplanes' analysis of the airline industry. In this role, she directs the development of the annual Commercial Market, the bi-annual World Air Cargo Forecast and supports near and mid-term market analysis for Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ business and strategic planning. Ms. Sowers has been with Boeing for over 20 years in a variety of roles including product marketing, competitor analysis and strategy and supply chain management.

Jeffrey M. Carpenter
Senior Director, Supply Chain Category Management & Contracts Materials and Standards
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Jeffrey M. Carpenter

Senior Director, Supply Chain Category Management & Contracts Materials and Standards
Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Mr. Jeffrey Carpenter is responsible for both the contracting/sourcing and the category management functions for raw material and standards. Previously, he was Category Leader for Materials and Standards for the Boeing Enterprise. In this role, he was responsible for creating and deploying Category Management strategies for Materials and Standards across the Boeing Enterprise. With his move to Boeing Commercial Airplanes Supply Chain, he retains the Enterprise function as well.During his time at Boeing, he has held several leadership roles in Supply Chain and on the 787 program. Also, he was Director, Supplier Management, responsible for the Italian supply chain, which produced major structural assemblies for Boeing Commercial Airplane programs. Prior to that position, he led Raw Material & Fastener Procurement and Distribution for all commercial airplane programs.

Cliff Collier
Principal
Charles Edwards Management Consulting

Cliff Collier

Principal
Charles Edwards Management Consulting

Mr. Cliff Collier is a seasoned executive, leading Charles Edwards' Operations & Supply Chain activities. In this capacity, he helps aerospace companies assess and realize cost and efficiency improvements and also leads operations due diligence projects. Mr. Collier has over 30 years of experience in Supply Chain, IT and Human Resources management from Vought Aircraft Industries and Triumph Aerostructures where he was responsible for $2B of annual spend. During this tenure, he led a complete restructuring of company benefit plans, rescued a failed SAP implementation, and created a cross-company corporate procurement organization in a highly decentralized aerospace company. His skill is particularly in turnaround and start-up operations, communicating change and getting buy in from the relevant stakeholders, and has successfully managed both large and small organizations.

Peter C. Zimm
Principal
Charles Edwards Management Consulting

Peter C. Zimm

Principal
Charles Edwards Management Consulting

Mr. Peter Zimm leads strategy, market positioning, and operations improvement consulting projects for aerospace companies and has delivered scores of projects for OEMs, Tier 1s, sub-tier suppliers and raw materials companies across the world. Mr. Zimm is an internationally-recognized market expert in aerospace raw materials, aircraft components, manufacturing process technologies, and aircraft emissions. Prior to joining Charles Edwards, he was a Principal at ICF Aviation's Aerospace & MRO practice. His career began at Timken Aerospace where he held various business development, marketing, and sales management positions and co-architected the company's aftermarket entry strategy.

Charles Armitage
Director, Aerospace & Defense - Europe
Citi

Charles Armitage

Director, Aerospace & Defense - Europe
Citi

Mr. Charles Armitage trained as an aerospace engineer at Rolls-Royce, but has spent the last 30 years looking at the aerospace & defense sector — mainly as an equity analyst (European A&D), as an investor (Global A&D), and strategy consultant.

Stephen Trent
Managing Director, Americas Airlines & Latin Transports Equity Research
Citi

Stephen Trent

Managing Director, Americas Airlines & Latin Transports Equity Research
Citi

Mr. Stephen Trent covers the Americas Airlines and Latin Transports sectors for Citi Research. In his tenure at the firm, which stretches back to 1999, he has also covered the Latin America cement and construction sector. Prior to Citi, he worked as a rotating corporate finance associate with Banc of America Securities. Mr. Trent has been Institutional Investor (II)-ranked 12 times in the Latin America transport sector, including Runner-Up in 2019, 2020 and 2021. In 2007, he received a #3 ranking in transports in II's All Brazil poll. Separately, he was a member of 2023's Runner-Up ranked Latin America Capital Goods team. In Starmine, he was the #1 ranked Airline stock picker for 2020, the #3 ranked Latin America Industrials stock picker for 2019 and the #2 ranked earnings estimator for the latter sector in 2018.

Hector J. Cuellar
Managing Director
Crewe Capital

Hector J. Cuellar

Managing Director
Crewe Capital

Mr. Hector Cuellar has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, including international M&A, corporate finance, and capital raising. Previously, he served as President of McGladrey Capital Markets, a global investment bank specializing in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, recapitalizations, capital raising, restructurings, and fairness opinions. Under his tenure, MCM completed more than 300 M&A transactions and generated over $8 billion in liquidity for its clients and was consistently ranked within the top three M&A advisors for deals under $250 million. Prior to McGladrey Capital Markets, he served as Managing Director at Banc of America Securities and manager of the firm's Los Angeles office where he oversaw global activities in Aerospace & Defense, Engineering and Construction.

Keith Flail
Senior Vice President & General Manager, Fluid & Electrical Distribution - Aerospace Group
Eaton

Keith Flail

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Fluid & Electrical Distribution - Aerospace Group
Eaton

Mr. Keith Flail is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction while focusing on satisfying customers through on-time delivery and quality. In addition, he works closely with other functional senior leaders to develop strategies centered on market growth and maximizing profitability. Prior to joining Eaton, he held various senior leadership roles at Bell Textron, most recently as executive vice president, Military Business and Advanced Vertical Lift Systems, Bell Helicopter, where he led a team of more than 1,300 cross-functional team members responsible for the complete execution of domestic and international program and business development efforts for the organization's next-generation military aircraft for the Department of Defense and allies.

Karin Burns
Head, Marketing, Commercial Engines & Services
GE Aerospace

Karin Burns

Head, Marketing, Commercial Engines & Services
GE Aerospace

Ms. Karin Burns is responsible for developing strategy for Commercial Engines & Services, developing new service offerings, providing tools to enhance value recognition for products, competitive analysis and forecasting — spanning from passenger demand through aircraft and shop visit demand. Prior to her 2022 promotion, she spent two years as Marketing Intelligence and Operations Leader for GE Aviation, focused on strategic marketing analytics, competitive intelligence, forecasting and pricing for the commercial business. Ms. Burns joined GE Aviation as Government Pricing leader in 2016 and became Executive Director of Government Business in 2018. Previously, she was part of the Financial Management Program at NBC Universal.

John S. Slattery
Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
GE Aerospace

John S. Slattery

Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
GE Aerospace

Mr. John Slattery is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of GE Aerospace. Prior to joining GE, he served as President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. Before Embraer, he spent 15 years in various executive roles at leading commercial aerospace advisory, leasing, and banking organizations. Mr. Slattery is a Fellow at The Royal Aeronautical Society, President Emeritus of The Wings Club Foundation and Director Emeritus of ORBIS International.

Eric A. Mendelson
Co-President & CEO
HEICO Corporation

Eric A. Mendelson

Co-President & CEO
HEICO Corporation

Mr. Eric A. Mendelson has been with the Company since 1990, serving in various capacities. Mr. Mendelson has served as Co-President since October 2009 and served as Executive Vice President from 2001 through September 2009. Also, he has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the HEICO Flight Support Group since its formation in 1993, as well as President of various Flight Support Group subsidiaries. Mr. Mendelson is a co-founder, and, since 1987, has been Managing Director of Mendelson International Corporation, a private investment company, which is a shareholder of HEICO.

Imad Atallah
Vice President, Product Management - Americas & Global Fibers
Hexcel

Imad Atallah

Vice President, Product Management - Americas & Global Fibers
Hexcel

Mr. Imad Atallah has over 25 years of experience in aerospace, in business leadership, marketing and product management, engineering and product support functions. In 2023, he was appointed to lead the Carbon Fibers, Matrix and Reinforcements business, under the newly established Composite Materials group. In this role, he has overall P&L responsibility and leadership of the Americas Composite Materials products, as well as the global Carbon Fibers business. Previously, he served as Director of Strategic Marketing where he was responsible for marketing and strategy across all of Hexcel's products in the Aerospace Americas business unit. Mr. Atallah leads market assessments, strategy development, partnerships and collaboration initiatives to drive growth in Hexcel's strategic plan. Prior to joining Hexcel in 2011, he held various leadership roles at Honeywell, working with various customers across multiple platforms and programs in commercial aerospace and space & defense.

Sheila Kahyaoglu
Managing Director, Equity Research
Jefferies

Sheila Kahyaoglu

Managing Director, Equity Research
Jefferies

Ms. Sheila Kahyaoglu covers the Aerospace and Defense sector, in addition to the Airlines sector. She joined in March 2012. Ms. Kahyaoglu was ranked #1 in Institutional Investor's All-America Research poll in 2022 after being #2 in 2021 and 2020 and Runner-up in 2019. She was ranked Rising Star in the 2015 and 2014 polls. Before joining Jefferies, Ms. Kahyaoglu was a research analyst at Credit Suisse, covering the Electrical Equipment and Multi Industry (EE/MI) space. From 2005 to 2008, she was a Leveraged Finance analyst at JPMorgan.

Michael J. Richter
Managing Director, Global Head of A&D Investment Banking Group
Lazard

Michael J. Richter

Managing Director, Global Head of A&D Investment Banking Group
Lazard

Mr. Michael Richter focuses on companies in the defense, commercial aerospace and homeland security sectors. Over the past 35 years, he has managed more than 300 investment banking transactions totaling more than $300 billion in transaction value including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, IPOs, as well as public and private placements of debt. Previously, he was President of Jefferies Quarterdeck where his group completed more than 100 transactions in the sector. Prior to Jefferies Quarterdeck, he was a Managing Director and Head of CIBC World Markets' Aerospace & Defense Investment Banking Group, and also served as the Head of its San Francisco office.

Robin Riedel
Partner
McKinsey & Company

Robin Riedel

Partner
McKinsey & Company

Mr. Robin Riedel co-leads the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility and its work in mobility disruptors in the Americas and is a global leader of the Disruptive Aerospace sector within McKinsey's Aerospace & Defense Practice. His work focuses on innovative topics in the aviation industry, including advanced air mobility, unmanned aerial systems, sustainable aviation, and super or hypersonic flight. This covers the entire value chain, which includes operators, aircraft manufacturers, part-and-service providers, airports, ground handlers, training organizations, regulators, and investors. In this constantly evolving, competitive market, he leverages hands-on expertise and broad, cross-functional knowledge to support clients across the aviation industry by addressing strategic challenges, and capturing value and growth.

Bryan D. Perkins
Chief Executive Officer
Novaria Group

Bryan D. Perkins

Chief Executive Officer
Novaria Group

Mr. Bryan Perkins has over 20 years of aerospace manufacturing experience, during which he has held many leadership positions. As CEO, President, and Founder of Novaria Group, he continues to build a growing enterprise focused on Aerospace Tier 2 manufacturing. Since 2011, he has closed over 20 aerospace component manufacturing transactions, all of which were privately-held, multi-generational, or entrepreneur-owned businesses. In addition to serving as CEO, he has taken on a variety of hands-on operational leadership roles within Novaria during various stages of scaling. His public and private company experience extends to the leadership and successful closure of multiple transactions, integrations and supplier-customer negotiations with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Prior to founding Novaria group, he spent 10 years in various aerospace manufacturing, operating and corporate development roles with Parker Hannifin.

Paul Finklestein
Director, Product Marketing
Pratt & Whitney

Paul Finklestein

Director, Product Marketing
Pratt & Whitney

Mr. Paul Finklestein leads the Marketing team for Pratt & Whitney's Commercial Engines division and holds marketing responsibility for all Pratt & Whitney products and services worldwide. Primary role is enabling sales of the GTF product family, developing sustainability strategies and evaluating opportunities for the next generation of aircraft. Mr. Finklestein has held numerous positions in engineering, program management and customer service organizations and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events.

Kenneth Herbert
Managing Director & Senior A&D Analyst
RBC Capital Markets

Kenneth Herbert

Managing Director & Senior A&D Analyst
RBC Capital Markets

Mr. Kenneth Herbert is a Managing Director and Senior Aerospace & Defense Analyst at RBC Capital Markets. Prior to RBC, he was the senior A&D analyst at Canaccord Genuity and Wedbush Securities. From 2003-2009, he ran the Aerospace & Defense consulting practice at Frost & Sullivan and was an associate to the No.1-ranked machinery analyst at Salomon Smith Barney from 2000-2003.

David Arnold
President
Royal Engineered Composites

David Arnold

President
Royal Engineered Composites

Mr. David Arnold has over 25 years of experience in the aerospace composites industry. His various roles as project engineer, project manager, operations manager, and currently as president, give him a unique perspective of both the technical and business challenges facing the industry. As an outsource supplier for many of the aerospace industry's OEMs, Royal Engineered Composites supports commercial and defense programs on emerging and legacy platforms such as V22, F/A18, B787, B777, E2D, CH53K, AH-64, as well as business jets and space applications.

Mesh Feigenbaum
Managing Director
Siempelkamp ForgeIQ

Mesh Feigenbaum

Managing Director
Siempelkamp ForgeIQ

Mr. Mesh Feigenbaum held several Engineering leadership and R&D positions before transitioning to business development, strategy and executive leadership roles. This strong grounding in technology has been a cornerstone of his ability to thoroughly understand and strategize complex aerospace businesses. As executive vice president of global hard alloy products for a large Chinese multinational, he led the 'Western Experts' development of a $3 billion greenfield investment in new aerospace rolling, forging, extrusion and associated hard alloy cast house facilities. Mr. Feigenbaum is a proven, growth oriented, globally-focused leader with international experience with leading corporations.

Marc Doyle
Executive Vice President, Composite Materials
Syensqo

Marc Doyle

Executive Vice President, Composite Materials
Syensqo

Mr. Marc Doyle leads the business to include overseeing commercial operations, strategic key account management, global sales and technical engineering services across composites market. In 2003, he joined the Cytec Research and Innovation team from a background in Composites Research at Ferrari Formula 1 and held a series of progressively more impactful roles from Application Engineering Manager to Composites Product Development Director. In 2012, he joined the Commercial Team of Cytec and took on responsibility for Global Composites Product Management followed by responsibility for Aerospace Sales for EMEA. Mr. Doyle continued to serve as Senior VP of Research and Innovation, responsible for integrating Aerospace and Industrial research across Solvay Composite Materials. In 2017, he was appointed as Executive Vice President, Aerospace & Defense of Solvay's Composite Materials Global Business Unit where he was responsible for Commercial management and strategic growth of Solvay advanced composite materials portfolio across A&D market. Currently, he serves as Executive Vice President, Composite Materials across multiple markets for Syensqo.

Joanna Speed
Founder & CEO
The AeroLambda Group

Joanna Speed

Founder & CEO
The AeroLambda Group

Ms. Joanna Speed specializes in bringing together prominent aerospace industry executives to expose the issues, confront the challenges, and answer the questions facing its stakeholders. Ms. Speed recently served as Chief Growth Officer of Aeromed Group, and previously was the Managing Director, Aerospace and Defense Events for the Aviation Week Network – which included the SpeedNews Legacy – where she led the launch and execution of multiple marketing strategies and audience engagement platforms. During her prior tenure, she emerged as a thought leader for pioneering forecasting and intelligence forums in the A&D arena. Ms. Speed is a recipient of the Service to the Flag Award for Industry by Women In Defense and serves as the current President for the Women In Defense Greater Los Angeles Chapter – a subsidiary organization under the National Defense Industrial Association. Also, she is a member of the Board of Directors of LeFiell Manufacturing. Recently she was recognized by Insider as one of the top 15 most influential women in aerospace.

Jon Ostrower
Editor-in-Chief
The Air Current

Jon Ostrower

Editor-in-Chief
The Air Current

Prior to launching The Air Current in June 2018, Mr. Jon Ostrower served as Aviation Editor for CNN Worldwide, guiding the network’s global coverage of the business and operations of aviation. Following four and a half years at the Wall Street Journal, he joined CNN. Based first in Chicago, then in Washington, D.C., he covered Boeing, aviation safety, and the business of global aerospace. Previously, he was editor of Flight Blogger for Flightglobal and Flight International Magazine, covering the development of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and other new aircraft programs from 2007 to 2012. Mr. Ostrower is an instructor at the University of Southern California in the Viterbi School of Engineering's Aviation Safety and Security program.

Timothy Kirk
Vice President, Marketing & Strategy
Toray Composite Materials America

Timothy Kirk

Vice President, Marketing & Strategy
Toray Composite Materials America

Mr. Timothy Kirk serves as Vice President, Marketing and Strategy for Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. Prior to his current role, he was Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Toray Composites — focused on prepreg sales to Aerospace and Industrial markets. Mr. Kirk brings over 25 years of aerospace and related experience and has a unique perspective on many related markets. Previously, he was a senior-level Supplier Program Manager with Boeing Commercial Airplanes where he developed and implemented system integration strategies across the Boeing Commercial Airplanes supply chain — including those involving high-volume composite raw materials.

Peter Neuberger
President & CEO
United Performance Metals

Peter Neuberger

President & CEO
United Performance Metals

Mr. Peter Neuberger serves as President and CEO of Unite Performance Metals. UPM is an O'Neal Industries owned company — the largest US family-owned group of metals service companies with aerospace focused members TW Metals and Skillcraft alongside UPM. UPM provides Titanium, Nickel and cobalt alloys and engineered stainless steel material in all forms to jet engine, airframe, deep space, alternative energy and medical customers globally. Prior to this role, he served as President of three different metals manufacturing companies. Mr. Neuberger started his career in channel management for global conglomerate Saint-Gobain and went on to lead multiple supply chain management and outsourcing companies. As a result of these experiences at both manufacturing and supply chain companies, he is uniquely suited to lead UPM's growth in both specialty processing and aerospace supply chain services.

Michael Wagner
Vice President, Business Development
United Performance Metals

Michael Wagner

Vice President, Business Development
United Performance Metals

Mr. Michael Wagner serves as the Vice President of Business Development for United Performance Metals. UPM is an O'Neal Industries owned company, the largest US family-owned group of metals service companies with aerospace focused members TW Metals, Skillcraft & G&L Tubing.  UPM provides Titanium, Nickel, Cobalt and Engineered Stainless material in all forms to airframe, jet engine, aeroderivative, space, medical and alternative energy customers globally. Prior to this role, he spent 32 years at GE Aviation, including roles as Vice President of Global Sourcing, and Executive Director of Global Assembly & Test Operations.  He also was a three-time plant manager, as well as the Supply Chain leader for GE Systems (Avionics & Power). Mr. Wagner brings a wealth of experience with large OEM's which positions him well to help scale UPM moving forward.

John Cuomo
Chief Executive Officer & President
VSE Corporation

John Cuomo

Chief Executive Officer & President
VSE Corporation

Mr. John Cuomo was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of VSE Corporation in April of 2019 and brings over 20 years of experience in the aerospace distribution and services market industry. Previously, he served as Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Distribution Services, Inc. Prior to Boeing's 2018 acquisition of the Aerospace Solutions Group of KLX Inc., he served as its Group President and General Manager of that business. From April 2000 to 2014, he served in multiple roles and functions at B/E Aerospace (the parent company of KLX until 2014), including Vice President & General Manager and Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing & Business Development.

Patrick Marous
Chief Executive Officer, Global
thyssenkrupp Aerospace

Patrick Marous

Chief Executive Officer, Global
thyssenkrupp Aerospace

Mr. Patrick Marous has been the CEO of thyssenkrupp Aerospace, partner for the world's leading aerospace companies and their supply chains since August 2018. His particular expertise is in supply chain management, the strategic use of digital tools, and change management. Mr. Marous is leading thyssenkrupp Aerospace through a significant transformation, remodeling it via a cloud-based technology, developing a data-driven business model, and introducing transparency in all internal and external processes. In a career spanning over 20 years, he has also gained a wealth of experience in M&A, private equity, materials distribution, strategy and business development, marketing, and procurement.

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