Executive Biographies

James Stewart, Chief Executive Officer

James joined CPP in October 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining CPP, James served in a number of senior leadership roles throughout his career including Group CEO at Mubadala MRO Network, CEO and CFO at SR Technics Group, CFO for Aerion Corporation and CFO at Bombardier Aerospace.  James is also a member of the Board of Directors of Aerion Corporation and Wencor Group LLC, and a member of the Advisory Board of Skyworks Capital LLC.  James began his career at Ernst and Young, holds a Business and Accounting degree from Queen’s University, Belfast and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Chris Fillmore, Senior Vice President – Commercial

Chris Joined CPP in October 2012 as the Senior Vice President – Commercial and manages all sales, marketing and commercial activities throughout CPP’s portfolio of companies.  Prior to joining CPP, Chris served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Remet Corporation, an engineered systems and consumable supplier to the precision investment casting industry.  Chris has over 15 years sales and marketing experience in the aerospace industry. Chris holds a B.A. degree from Wittenberg University and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University.

Gowri Shankar, Vice President – Engineering Technology

Gowri joined CPP in April 2015 as the Vice President – Engineering Technology and oversees the development and implementation of engineering designs and manufacturing processes. Prior to joining CPP, Gowri served as the Director of Castings Technology at Chromalloy Castings, a Castings Fellow at Pratt & Whitney, and an Engineering Manager at PCC Airfoils, Ohio.  Gowri holds a Ph.D. degree in Metallurgy & Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University.

Rick Legenza, General Counsel

Rick joined CPP in August 2015 as General Counsel and leads the legal, risk management and human resource functions. Prior to joining CPP, Rick served as in-house counsel at The Sherwin-Williams Company and has over 25 years of experience supporting global manufacturing, distribution and retail operations, mergers and acquisitions, securities and securities compliance, and compliance and ethics. Rick received both a B.S. in Business Administration and J.D. from Ohio Northern University.

Michael Eller, Group Vice President – West

Mike joined CPP in January 2016 as Group Vice President – West and manages six manufacturing sites in western United States and Mexico. Prior to joining CPP, Mike served as General Manager, Pratt and Whitney Turkish Engine Center in Istanbul, Turkey.  Mike has over 25 years manufacturing and operations experience in the aerospace and automotive industries. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University. He is a retired Major, U.S. Army Special Forces.

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Benjamin Mahr, Group Vice President – Europe

Ben joined CPP in March 2015 as Group Vice President – Europe and manages five manufacturing site in Europe. Prior to joining CPP, Ben served as SVP Commercial Programs at MTU Aero Engines in Munich, Germany, President and CEO for Vericor Power Systems in Atlanta, Georgia, and CFO at MTU Maintenance in Zhuhai, China.  Ben began his career with MTU Aero Engines and served in roles of increasing responsibility including Vice President Sales and Marketing Parts Repair and Vice President Masterplan.  Ben holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cooperative Education in Stuttgart, Germany and a Master’s Degree in International Business and Law from the University of Sydney, Australia.