New head of defence at GKN

Shawn Black, President of Defense at GKN
Shawn Black, President of Defense at GKN

GKN Aerospace has announced the appointment of Shawn Black as President of Defense, bringing significant aerospace and defence leadership experience to the business.

Black started his career as a United States Marine Corps officer before moving into the industry 22 years ago. During that time, he has achieved a consistent record of strong financial and operational performance growth in senior leadership and operational roles across military and commercial markets.

His background includes senior roles with companies such as Leonardo DRS, Cobham Plc, and Cobham’s Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES) where he served as COO then CEO.

He commented: “I am very excited to join GKN Aerospace, especially at a time when we are starting to see a positive turnaround across the industry. GKN Aerospace is an important partner on the world’s leading defense platforms, and I look forward to working closely with our customers to strengthen our partnerships for the long term.”



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