Spirit AeroSystems board names Larry Lawson, president and chief executive officer

Spirit AeroSystems board names Larry Lawson, president and chief executive 
WICHITA, Kan., March 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] 
announced today that its board of directors has named Larry A. Lawson, 
president and chief executive officer, effective April 6, 2013. Mr. Lawson, 
formerly executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics business 
segment, succeeds Jeff Turner who has been Spirit's CEO since the company's 
formation in 2005. Mr. Turner is expected to remain on Spirit's board of 
"The board sought a CEO armed with a strong record of operating and financial 
performance on both mature and new aircraft programs with the ability to take 
Spirit to the next level," said Bob Johnson, board chairman of Spirit 
AeroSystems. "Larry met all of the board's criteria. He is a well-known and 
highly respected leader in the industry and has outstanding experience 
managing multiple premier aircraft platforms efficiently and profitably across 
a large-scale business." 
"Spirit is uniquely positioned in the expanding commercial aircraft market," 
said Lawson. "I look forward to extending Spirit's strong performance in its 
core business while driving continuous improvement and greater consistency in 
the company's development programs. I am excited to work with the team to 
bring our operational and cost performance to its full potential." 
Lawson began his career as a flight control engineer working on the F-15 Eagle 
at McDonnell Douglas. He has since held a broad range of leadership positions 
in engineering, advanced development, business development, and program 
management in a career spanning more than 30 years. In his work at Lockheed 
Martin, Lawson has overseen key aircraft production programs such as the F-35, 
F-22, F-16, C-130J, and C-5, including highly classified programs in the 
world-renowned Skunk Works® organization. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics segment 
reported $15 billion in revenue in 2012. 
He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence 
Technological University, where he also serves on the board of trustees, has a 
master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, and 
is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and 
an MIT Seminar XXI Fellow. While he was executive vice president/general 
manager of the F-22 Raptor, the program was awarded the Collier Trophy as the 
most significant accomplishment in aerospace for 2006. 
"The board wishes to express warm thanks to Jeff Turner for his dedication as 
CEO, and for his vision and leadership in creating Spirit by transforming a 
former OEM supply division into a premier aerostructures manufacturer," said 
Johnson. "Jeff has built a truly world class business in Spirit." 
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and 
manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. The company has more 
than $5 billion in annual revenue with a current backlog in excess of $35 
billion. Every Boeing commercial aircraft in production contains Spirit 
hardware, as does a majority of the Airbus fleet. 
On the web: http://www.spiritaero.com On Twitter: @SpiritAero 
About Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. Spirit AeroSystems, with headquarters in 
Wichita, Kan., USA, is one of the world's largest non-OEM designers and 
manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial aircraft. In addition to its 
Wichita and Chanute facilities in Kansas, Spirit has locations in Tulsa and 
McAlester, Okla.; Kinston, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Prestwick, Scotland; 
Preston, England; Subang, Malaysia; and Saint-Nazaire, France. In the U.S., 
Spirit's core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing 
components. Additionally, Spirit provides aftermarket customer support 
services, including spare parts, maintenance/repair/overhaul, and fleet 
support services in North America, Europe and Asia. Spirit Europe produces 
wing components for a host of customers, including Airbus. 
Coleen Tabor, Investor Relations, +1-316-523-7040, Ken Evans, Corporate 
Communications, +1-316-523-4070 
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