The Executive Team

Kevin Cummings (53)

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.

 

David Brantner (48)

President Aerospace Division

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee December 2014

Experience

Joined GKN Aerospace in November 2014 as President Aerospace Division, assuming global oversight of customer relations, including programme performance and strategic product and technology deployment.  He joined GKN from Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies where for the past 21 years he has been in executive roles with wide ranging experience. His most recent role was as President, Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney.

 

Daniele Cagnatel (39)

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.

 

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)

Senior Vice President Asia

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2014

Experience

Joined GKN Aerospace in 2013 as Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, Europe & Special Products, joining the Executive Committee in January 2014 as CEO GKN Aerospace Europe & Special Products.  In January 2015 he assumed the role of Senior Vice President Asia.  Prior to joining GKN Aerospace, 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.

 

John Pritchard (44)

CEO Aerostructures Europe

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2015

Experience

Joined GKN in 1998 as Commercial Manager, Yeovil and in January 2015 assumed the role of CEO Aerostructures Europe.  Prior to this he was Managing Director of the Metallics division of GKN Aerospace where he was responsible for the manufacture and assembly of major wing structures and components for Airbus and other OEM’s.  His accountability included strategy, technology, operational performance and employee engagement.  He previously worked at various GKN Aerospace sites in operational, commercial and general management positions, in the UK and internationally.  Prior to joining GKN, he worked in the oil and gas sector.  He is an active member of WEAF, RAeS (Bristol) and a board member of the MTC in Coventry.

 

Gavin Wesson (41)

Senior Vice President Special Products Group

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2015

Experience

Joined GKN in 2011 as General Manager for the Luton business, also taking on responsibility for the Kings Norton site in 2013 and in January 2015 assumed the role of Senior Vice President Special Products Group.  Has over 24 years of experience in the aerospace sector, joining GKN from GE Aviation (UK) where he held General Manager positions within GE Unison Engines Components and the Engine Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul business where he was responsible for all elements of the business including Accountable Manager to the FAA and EASA.  Prior to GE held operational roles with BAE Systems, Firth Rixson and Doncasters.

 

Russ Dunn (41)

Senior Vice President Engineering & Technology

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee December 2014

Experience

Joined GKN in 2013 as VP Chief Engineering and assumed the role of Senior Vice President Engineering & Technology in December 2014.  Prior to joining GKN, he spent 17 years at Airbus in a variety of technical leadership roles most recently VP Head of A350 XWB Wing Engineering responsible for wing structures, movables and systems installation for all A350 XWB derivatives. For the A350 XWB-900, he led the development from early concept development through detailed design, manufacture and assembly through to successful flight test.  He has a BEng in Aeronautical Engineering and German from Bath University.

 

John Gahrs (51)

Senior Vice President Lean Systems

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2015

Experience

Joined GKN Driveline in 1988, and most recently served as Group Lean Director for GKN plc.  Assumed the role of Senior Vice President Lean Systems in January 2015 with responsibility for Lean Enterprise as well as Safety and Environment across GKN Aerospace.   Held several positions in GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy including operations management, new program launch, health/safety/environment, lean enterprise, and engineering.  Holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and  BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

 

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 (40)

Senior Vice President Advanced Metallic Technologies

Appointment

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee 2010

Experience

Joined GKN Aerospace in July 2009 as Technical Director and assumed the role of Senior Vice President Advanced Metallic Technologies in December 2014.  He came to GKN from 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 (62)

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 (58)

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 (54)

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