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President and Chief Executive Officer
Werner Lieberherr was appointed as President & Chief Executive Officer of B/E Aerospace Inc. on December 17, 2014.
Mr. Lieberherr had been President & co-Chief Executive Officer of B/E Aerospace Inc. since January 1, 2014. He previously served as the President & Chief Operating Officer of B/E Aerospace Inc. since January 1, 2011. Werner Lieberherr served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Commercial Aircraft Segment at B/E Aerospace Inc. since July 2006.
Prior to B/E Aerospace, Werner Lieberherr served 16 years in the energy industry with ABB and Alstom Power Inc. in various leadership roles including President, Managing Director and Vice President in Europe, Asia and North America.
Werner Lieberherr holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.
Chief Financial Officer
Joe Lower was appointed Chief Financial Officer of B/E Aerospace, Inc. effective December 17, 2014. Mr. Lower previously served as Vice President, Finance of B/E Aerospace since November 1, 2014.
Prior to B/E Aerospace, Mr. Lower was Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for The Boeing Company, where he spent the last twelve years. In this role, Mr. Lower was responsible for the corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and transaction integration departments within Boeing. He worked closely with Boeing’s senior executive team and Boeing’s business units to assess, define and enable differentiated growth strategies. He was also a member of the International and Finance leadership teams. Prior to joining Boeing in 2002, among other finance positions, Mr. Lower spent 6 years with Credit Suisse in various investment banking roles including positions in Mergers and Acquisitions, and Corporate Finance. Transactions completed included mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public equity offerings, and high yield debt financings.
Mr. Lower received his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his B.A. in Finance from the Indiana University School of Business.
Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Aircraft Segment
Sean Cromie has been Vice President and General Manager for the Commercial Aircraft Segment since January 2011. From November 2007 to December 2010 Mr. Cromie served as Vice President and Managing Director of the Seating facility in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland and previously as Business Unit Director. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Cromie spent six years in operational management roles with Sanmina SCI and NACCO MHG. He also spent seven years in various financial roles including Financial Controller with Kerry Group PLC.
Vice President – Law, General Counsel and Secretary
Ryan M. Patch has been Vice President – Law, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer since July 2009 and was previously Vice President – Law from December 2008 to July 2009. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Patch was a shareholder and member of the Board of Directors of Jackson, DeMarco, Tidus & Peckenpaugh LLP in Irvine, California. Prior to that, Mr. Patch was a partner in a boutique California law firm since 1992. Mr. Patch is Authorized House Counsel in the State of Florida and has been admitted to practice before the State Bar of California, the U.S. District Court Central District of California, the U.S. District Court Southern District of California, and the U.S. District Court Northern District of California. Since January 2012, Mr. Patch has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter.
Vice President – Finance and Controller
Stephen R. Swisher has been Vice President – Finance and Controller since August 1999. Mr. Swisher has been Controller since 1996 and served as Director, Finance from 1994 to 1996. Prior to 1994, Mr. Swisher held various management positions at Burger King Corporation and Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Vice President – Finance and Treasurer
Eric J. Wesch has been Vice President – Finance and Treasurer since July 2011 and previously served as Corporate Treasurer from 2008 to 2011, Director, Treasury Services from 2005 to 2008, Manager, Treasury Services from 2003 to 2005, and Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis from 1997 to 2003. Before joining B/E Aerospace, Inc., Mr. Wesch worked for Blockbuster Entertainment Group.
Executive Chairman of the Board
Amin J. Khoury has been the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors since December 16, 2014, and was previously the Chairman of the Board of Directors from July 1987 when he co-founded the Company. Mr. Khoury also served as the Company’s Co-Chief Executive Officer from January 1, 2014 through December 15, 2014, and Chief Executive Officer from July 1987 through April 1996 and again from December 31, 2005 through December 31, 2013. Mr. Khoury has been Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of KLX Inc. since October 2014. From 1986 until April 2012, Mr. Khoury was a director of Synthes, Inc. Mr. Khoury was a Trustee of the Scripps Research Institute from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Khoury holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification, the highest level, from the American College of Corporate Directors, which is earned by completing a minimum of 90 hours of public company director education, and an Advanced Director Certification from the Corporate Directors Group.
James F. Albaugh has been a director since November 2014. Mr. Albaugh has been a Senior Advisor to The Blackstone Group since December 2012. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes business unit and a member of Boeing’s Executive Council from September 2009 through June 2012. Mr. Albaugh was president and chief executive officer of Boeing’s Integrated Defense Systems business unit from July 2002 to September 2009. Prior to that time, Mr. Albaugh, who joined Boeing in 1975, held various executive positions, including president and chief executive of Space and Communications and president of Space Transportation. He is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is the President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, serves as a director to the American Airlines Group Inc., TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and serves on other nonprofit organization boards and in other professional organizations.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (retired), Honeywell International Inc.
David J. Anderson has been a director since June 2014. Mr. Anderson has recently retired from Honeywell International Inc. where he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2003 until his retirement in April 2014. While at Honeywell Mr. Anderson was a member of the senior leadership team where he was responsible for the company’s Corporate Finance activities including tax, accounting, treasury, audit, investment, financial planning, acquisitions and real estate. Mr. Anderson was integral to the reshaping of Honeywell’s portfolio including supporting nearly $10 billion of acquisitions in higher growth, global markets. Prior to joining Honeywell, Mr. Anderson had senior financial roles at ITT Industries, Inc., Newport News Shipbuilding and RJR Nabisco Holding Corporation. Mr. Anderson has more than 35 years of extensive financial experience.