The Executive Team

Marcus Bryson (60)

Chief Executive Aerospace and Land Systems

Appointment

Appointed to the Board in June 2007

Experience

Joined GKN with the acquisition of the Westland Group in 1994 and has extensive experience of the aerospace industry. Having joined Westland in 1984, he held a number of finance and commercial roles within the business prior to its acquisition by GKN. He was appointed Chief Executive GKN Aerospace Services – Europe in 2000 and Chief Executive Propulsion Systems and Special Products in 2004.  Joined the Executive Committee as Chief Executive - Aerospace in January 2006 and assumed responsibility for Land Systems on 1 October 2011.

External Appointments

ADS President

 

Kevin Cummings (52)

CEO GKN Aerospace

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee October 2008

Experience

Joined GKN in October 2008 as CEO and President Aerostructures - North America and in January 2014 he was appointed CEO GKN Aerospace.  As CEO for Aerostructures North America he was responsible for development and growth of GKN Aerospace’s aerostructures business in the region. He joined the company from Alliant Techsystems (ATK) where he had most recently held the position of Executive Vice President & General Manager - Launch Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in the advanced weapon and space systems industry working for both ATK and Hercules Incorporated. He held leadership roles with both companies across programme management, operations, engineering, strategic planning, business development, and corporate development. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering and has an MBA.

 

Mike McCann (52)

CEO GKN Aerospace Engine Systems

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee July 2011

Experience

Joined GKN in April 2009 as Vice President, Programmes – Aerostructures, North America.  In July 2011 assumed the role of Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy, joining the GKN Aerospace Executive Committee. He came to GKN from ATK where he held positions of increasing responsibility in business and programme management, business development, operations and across various engineering disciplines. He has worked with a wide variety of prime contractor customers internationally as well as extensively with all branches of the US Department of Defense and NASA. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

 

Neil McManus (49)

CEO GKN Aerospace Europe & Special Products

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2014

Experience

Joined GKN in 2013 as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Europe & Special Products and in January 2014 he was appointed CEO GKN Aerospace Europe & Special Products.  Prior to joining GKN, he was Vice President & Managing Director of Spirit AeroSystems (Europe) for six years and previously held senior roles within BAE Systems. Neil holds a BSc in Design and Manufacture from Loughborough University.

 

Daniele Cagnatel (38)

CEO GKN Aerospace Aerostructures North America

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2014

Experience

Joined GKN in 1999, and began his career in the International Leadership Development Programme.  He most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of GKN Advanced Composite Structures in Tallassee, Alabama.  He has also held positions as the Head of Operations of our manufacturing facility in Filton, UK, and previously as General Manager of GKN Aerospace Deutschland GmbH in Munich, Germany.

 

Tom Battaglia

Senior Vice President GKN Aerospace North America & GKN USA Political Affairs

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee in 2006

Experience

Over a number of years he has held a range of senior positions for GKN’s USA operations. He reports to the CEO on matters related to political, industrial and labour relations and acts as the interface to various US Government Agencies and officials, both elected and appointed. From 1980 to 1985, Battaglia worked for Chrysler Defense and then General Dynamics Land Systems where he was responsible for liaising with various military agencies and Capitol Hill. From 1969 to 1980 he was a US Marine Corps Officer - leaving the Corps after attaining the rank of Major. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 

Andrew Harvey (50)

Senior Vice President Human Resources

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee August 2010

Experience

Joined GKN in September 2010 as Senior Vice President - Human Resources (HR), assuming global HR responsibility for GKN Aerospace personnel. He is focused on supporting the aerospace business in its dual strategic objectives of growth and sustainability. He joined GKN from Sequana Capital  and has also previously held operations and senior global HR roles with the Metsaliitto Group, Fletcher Challenge and BPB Industries. Plc. Holds a post graduate qualification in human resource management and an MBA.

 

Rich Oldfield (39)

Technical Director

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee 2010

Experience

Joined GKN Aerospace in July 2009 and is Technology Director with Engineering and Technology responsibility. He joined Airbus where he was part of the Airbus Strategy and Future Programmes organisation. He joined Airbus as an undergraduate in 1993 and spent 6 years in various leadership roles on the design and manufacture of the A380 wings. He was then appointed Deputy Head of Engineering in the Wing Centre of Excellence, responsible for technical integration topics across all Airbus programmes before joining the Strategy and Future Programmes organisation. He holds a Master Degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

 

Charles Paterson (61)

Senior Vice President Business Development and Strategy

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee in January 2013

Experience

Joined GKN Aerospace in 2009 as part of the acquisition of the Airbus wing component and assemblies manufacturing facility, Filton and was General Manager, Filton until February 2012 when he was appointed Vice President Business Development and Strategy, Europe and Special Products. He has played a key role in the successful integration and performance of Filton. His early career in BAE SYSTEMS included time as Chief Production Engineer BAE Filton. His Airbus career included leading A320 Operations and as Programme Director Airbus Twin Aisle programmes. He has an honours degree in mechanical engineering.

External Appointments

C Eng, MIMechE, FRAeS

 

Ernie Peake (57)

Senior Vice President Commercial

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee 2006

Experience

Joined GKN in 2001 and in September 2006 he was appointed Senior Vice President Commercial for Aerospace and is responsible for all Commercial activities for the business. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Operating Officer, Aerostructures Europe and in this role was responsible for GKN Aerostructures Yeovil site, Munich facility, Engineering Services business and the Airbus & AgustaWestland programmes at the Cowes facility on the Isle of Wight. Ernie has over 30 years of Aerospace experience and, for the last 19 years, has operated within Commercial & Business management, joining GKN in 2001 as Commercial Director. Prior to joining GKN Ernie held a number of senior positions within British Aerospace – Business Director, Hawk; Commercial Director, Aerostructures and Commercial/ Procurement Director, Marine.

 

Rob Soen (53)

Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management

Appointment

Appointed to the GKN Aerospace Executive Committee in 2007

Experience

Joined GKN Aerospace in 2001 as the European Procurement Director, promoted to include global responsibility in 2007 as the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management. He has 22 years experience in the automotive industry progressing to senior supply chain and general management positions within Dunlop, Tenneco Walker (Unipart), Thyssen Krupp Automotive and GKN plc.

External Appointments

Fellow of the Institute of Purchasing and Supply

 

Nick Waters (53)

Chief Financial Officer

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee July 2007

Experience

Joined GKN in 2006 as CFO, GKN Diversified Businesses Group covering a portfolio of 6 diverse businesses with manufacturing and service focuses, principally in the automotive sector. His responsibilities were both operational and strategic. Prior to joining GKN, he spent 13 years overseas in Switzerland and USA in international roles in the technology and aluminium industries. Latterly he was CFO for Norsk Hydro’s North American aluminium division. He has also held senior positions within BOC Group and Quantum’s data storage and IT hardware business. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloittes where he also gained experience in international tax.

External Appointments

UK Chartered accountant
Fellow of the UK Institute of Taxation