Tom Gentile became president and chief executive officer of Spirit Holdings as of July 31, 2016. From April 2016 to July 2016, Gentile served as executive vice president and chief operating officer. From 2014 to his appointment with the Company, Gentile served as president and chief operating officer of GE Capital where he oversaw GE Capital’s global operations, IT and capital planning and served on its board of directors. Gentile had been employed by GE since 1998, and before his most recent position, held the position of president and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Healthcare Systems division from 2011 until 2014 and the position of President and CEO of GE Aviation Services from 2008 until 2011. Gentile received his bachelor’s degree in economics and Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, and also studied International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. ("Spirit"), based in Wichita, Kansas, is the world's largest first-tier aerostructures manufacturer. The company builds several important pieces of Boeing aircraft, including the fuselage of the 737, portions of the 787 fuselage, and the cockpit (referred to as "Flight Deck" by Boeing) of nearly all of its airliners. Spirit also produces fuselage sections and front wing spars for the Airbus A350. Spirit's main competition comes from Vought Aircraft Industries (now known as Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division), UTC Aerospace Systems, Alenia, and Kawasaki Heavy Industries.