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Directors and Officers

Directors

 

Committee Assignments

Delores M. Etter
Director, Caruth Institute for
Engineering Education and Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education,
Southern Methodist University

Anthony P. Franceschini
President and
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Stantec Inc.

Paul V. Haack
Senior Partner (Retired)
Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Mary L. Howell
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Textron, Inc.

Scott E. Kuechle
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer (Retired) 
Goodrich Corporation

Curtis C. Reusser
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Esterline Technologies Corporation

Jerry D. Leitman
Chairman (Retired)
FuelCell Energy, Inc.

James J. Morris
Vice President,
Engineering and Manufacturing (Retired)
The Boeing Company

Gary E. Pruitt
Chairman (Retired) 
Univar

Henry W. (Jay) Winship IV
Principal and Senior Managing Director 
Relational Investors, LLC

 

Board Chairman
Curtis C. Reusser

Lead Independent Director
Paul V. Haack

Executive Committee
Curtis C. Reusser, Chairman
Paul V. Haack
Anthony P. Franceschini
Gary E. Pruitt

Audit Committee
Gary E. Pruitt, Chairman
Paul V. Haack
Mary L. Howell
Scott E. Kuechle
James J. Morris

Compensation Committee
Anthony P. Franceschini, Chairman
Delores M. Etter
Paul V. Haack
Jerry D. Leitman
Henry W. (Jay) Winship IV

Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
Jerry D. Leitman, Chairman
Anthony P. Franceschini
Gary E. Pruitt

Strategy & Technology Committee

James J. Morris, Chairman
Delores M. Etter
Mary L. Howell
Scott E. Kuechle
Henry W. (Jay) Winship IV


Officers     

 

Curtis C. Reusser
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Reusser joined Esterline in October of 2013 as the company's President & CEO and was appointed Board Chairman in March 2014.  He came to Esterline from United Technologies (UTC), where he served as President of the Aircraft Systems business within the company.  That position was created following the company’s acquisition of Goodrich Corporation, where Reusser was President of the Electronic Systems Segment, a $2.6 billion business with 7,800 employees and operations in seven countries.  
 
His responsibilities at UTC were expanded to include full operational and financial leadership for seven strategic business units employing 14,000 people and generating revenues in excess of $7 billion. During his tenure he was instrumental in winning a number of significant new long-term programs, and driving financial and operational performance by reducing SG&A and leveraging supply chain, manufacturing, and engineering synergies between the combined Goodrich and UTC businesses.
 
Over his career he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including President, Aerostructures at Goodrich.  That division nearly doubled its sales over the five years of his leadership and became widely recognized for world-class application of lean.  Prior to his long tenure at Goodrich, Reusser had an early career as an engineer with General Dynamics.
 

Reusser holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Washington.

 Alain Durand

Alain Durand
President, Sensors & Systems Segment

Mr. Durand has been with Esterline since 2002 when he served as the financial director for the company's Bourges, France, Auxitrol subsidiary. In just two years he was promoted to president of the facility and later accepted management responsibility for the entire Advanced Sensors business platform, comprised of several operating units in five countries.

In June 2011 Mr. Durand was promoted to corporate Group Vice President and assumed his current title in March 2014. He works from Esterline's corporate office in Bellevue.

Mr. Durand holds an MBA from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Reims, France, is fluent in four languages, and has a degree in engineering from Ecole Catholique d'Arts et Métiers in Lyon, France.

Robert D. George

Robert D. George
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Development 

Mr. George is Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Corporate Development for Esterline. Before assuming his current position, he served as Esterline’s Treasurer and Corporate Controller. In his tenure with Esterline, Mr. George has successfully led multiple capital raising initiatives, enhanced the corporation’s capital structure, and contributed strategic and technical support to more than 30 acquisitions and eight divestitures.

Prior to joining Esterline in 1997, Mr. George held management positions in finance and operations with Zurn Industries, Elgin Electronics, and Xerox Corporation.

Mr. George has an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a BA in economics from
Drew University.

Tom Heine

Tom Heine
Vice President,
Human Resources

Mr. Heine joined Esterline in 2000 as the company’s Director, Organizational Effectiveness.  He took on a greater role in 2007 when he was appointed to Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development for the company.  In 2012, he was again promoted to Vice President, Human Resources.

Mr. Heine has more than 30 years of HR and operating experience in the aerospace, defense and basic steel industries with companies including Honeywell and CF&I Steel Corporation.  He served in a number of senior leadership positions and has consulted and led initiatives in North America, Europe, Asia and Southeast Asia. 

He attended the US Naval Academy, holds a degree in English from Eastern Michigan University, and an MPA in human resource management from the University of Colorado.  He has published articles and spoken nationally on lean manufacturing, HR practices and organization development.

Frank Houston

Frank Houston
President, Avionics & Controls Segment

Mr. Houston joined Esterline early in his career at one of our Control Systems operations, Korry Electronics, where he held a series of senior management assignments in operations, customer service and marketing, eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer and later President.  Mr. Houston also accepted an assignment as President of Esterline’s Advanced Input Systems operation in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, shortly after Esterline acquired the business. He played a key role in integrating that organization into Esterline.

In 2005, Mr. Houston was appointed to the position of Group Vice President for Esterline, was promoted to Senior Group Vice President in 2010, and assumed his current title in March 2014.

Mr. Houston holds an MBA from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Seattle Pacific University. He is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association and the Manufacturers Alliance. He is also a member of the Executive Council for Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics.

Marcia J. Mason

Marcia J. Mason
Vice President
and General Counsel

Ms. Mason served as Esterline’s Vice President of Human Resources for 19 years.  She was promoted to Vice President and General Counsel for the company in 2012.  During her tenure, she has successfully led development of a pragmatic and advanced human resources function to support Esterline employees, business strategy, and corporate growth. 

Ms. Mason has an extensive background in employment law and human resources management.  Prior to joining Esterline, she was a partner at Bogle & Gates, a large Seattle-based law firm where she began her legal career in 1984. Before attending law school, Ms. Mason spent six years in Valdez, Alaska as a high school teacher during construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Ms. Mason holds a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law and a BA in political science from
Portland State University.

 

Gary Posner
Controller & Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Posner joined Esterline in 2000 as the Vice President, Finance at the company’s Kirkhill-TA, California, subsidiary.  He was promoted to Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer in 2005. 

Prior to his career at Esterline, Mr. Posner worked in a variety of auditing, accounting and financial positions with companies including Price Waterhouse, and a private and publicly held manufacturing company.  

He holds a BS from California State University in business administration.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

Amy Watson

Amy Watson
Associate
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Ms. Watson was hired as Esterline’s Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary in 2012 as the company brought some of its legal responsibilities in-house. 

Ms. Watson spent more than seven years as an associate with Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie LLP, a role in which she first advised Esterline management on a range of legal matters related to corporate transactions, SEC reporting and corporate governance.  Most recently, she served as Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for RealNetworks, Inc. 

Ms. Watson has her JD and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law degree from Vermont Law School.  She also received an MBA and bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois.  She is a member of both the Washington State Bar Association and the State Bar of California (inactive status).

Al Yost

Al Yost
President, Advanced Materials Segment
& Treasurer

Mr. Yost joined Esterline in 1999 and has nearly 20 years of broad operational experience in the aerospace/defense and medical technology sectors.  In 2009 he was promoted to the role of Corporate Group Vice President, overseeing all of Esterline's Advanced Sensors, Engineered Materials, Interface Technologies, and Surface Finishing operations.  He added the role of Treasurer in 2011 and assumed his current title in March 2014.

Prior to becoming an Esterline officer, Mr. Yost served in a number of supervisory roles within the company.  He was then promoted to President of Esterline’s Advanced Input Systems operation in 2007.  He also held management responsibility for Esterline’s Interface Technologies business platform, which encompasses six operating locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  In his early career, Mr. Yost held Finance and Project Management positions at Moog’s aircraft group and Raytheon Aircraft.

Mr. Yost holds an MBA from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Brigham Young University.