StandardAero announced Russell Ford, a senior executive with more than 30 years experience in the aerospace industry, has been named CEO.
Ford replaces Rob Mionis, who resigned in March. He joins StandardAero's head office operation in Tempe, Ariz., after serving as president of Carlton Forge Works, a California division of Precision Castparts Corporation, an aerospace parts maker.
Ford previously has served as president & CEO for private equity companies including ClearEdge Power Inc., Prestolite Electric Inc. and Holley Performance Products Inc. He's also been senior vice-president of operations for Lockheed Martin Corp., leading all aircraft production and a 15,000-employee organization.
In addition, he served as general manager for the industrial and marine engine division of AlliedSignal Corp. Prior to that, he served in engineering and management positions for Bell Helicopter and AT&T.
Ford holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business as well as a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He takes over from Firoz Tarapore, the interim CEO of StandardAero and CEO of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, StandardAero's parent company, on Oct. 15.