In a move to boost its leadership team, Liberty Hall Capital Partners has appointed Susan McKenna as Chief Executive Officer and Shashank Dhawan as Chief Financial Officer of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres. The private equity firm, which is focused exclusively on investments in businesses serving the global aerospace and defense industry, believes the combination of McKenna’s operational experience and Dhawan’s financial expertise will help to drive growth for the independent global designer and supplier of high-quality aircraft tyres.
Relentless Innovation at the Heart of Dunlop’s Mission
Dunlop Aircraft Tyres has been at the forefront of innovation in the aerospace industry since 1910. With the appointment of Susan McKenna as CEO, the company is well-positioned to build on its heritage and achieve sustained growth. McKenna’s experience in developing and implementing growth strategies, overseeing new product development, pursuing innovation, and ensuring operational excellence within the aerospace industry is unparalleled. She is excited to partner with the existing leadership team and build on the company’s success to date.
McKenna Brings Decades of Experience to the Role
With over three decades of experience in the aerospace and related industries, Susan McKenna is well-equipped to lead Dunlop Aircraft Tyres into its next phase of growth. Her most recent role was Executive General Manager, Engine Control Services position at Collins Aerospace, where she led the standalone aftermarket business. Before that, she had strategic and operational responsibility for UTC’s Actuation and Propeller Aftermarket Services business and held numerous positions at Goodrich, including Vice President of their Secondary Flight control business and various senior finance roles. McKenna began her career at Eaton Corporation and holds a Bachelor’s degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from The University of Ulster. She is also a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
Dhawan Brings Cross-Sector Experience to the CFO Role
Shashank Dhawan, the new Chief Financial Officer at Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, has nearly three decades of experience in the aerospace, engineering, chemicals, and manufacturing industries. His previous roles include Chief Financial Officer at Aeromet International Limited, a manufacturer and supplier of cast aluminum and magnesium parts to the global aerospace and defense industries, and Group Finance Director positions at Oleo International and Savery Hydraulics. Dhawan also held positions at Johnson Matthey Plc and Imperial Chemical Industries PLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Kanpur University, India, and is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
The Future Looks Bright for Dunlop Aircraft Tyres
With McKenna and Dhawan now leading the company, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is well-positioned to capitalize on the continuing commercial aerospace recovery and strong secular growth in the military and freighter end markets. The company is a leading independent global designer and supplier of high-quality aircraft tyres serving the commercial, military, and freighter aircraft markets. Dunlop’s heritage of innovation combined with the new leadership team’s operational and financial expertise creates a truly differentiated executive team. Liberty Hall’s founding and Managing Partner, Rowan Taylor, believes the company’s future looks bright and is looking forward to supporting its continued growth.
Liberty Hall Capital Partners’ appointment of Susan McKenna and Shashank Dhawan to Dunlop Aircraft Tyres’ leadership team is a significant move in the company’s bid for sustained growth. With their combined expertise, the company is well-positioned to capitalize on the continued commercial aerospace recovery and strong secular growth in the military and freighter end markets. The future looks bright for Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, and Liberty Hall is excited to support its continued success.
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