Executive Biographies

James Stewart, CEO

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 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.

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Keith Dabbs, Chief Operating Officer, North America

Keith joined CPP in November 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer for North America and manages 19 manufacturing facilities and oversees CPP’s global procurement and quality management system. Prior to joining CPP, Keith served as Chief Operating Officer for MB Aerospace with global responsibilities. Keith has more than 20 years of industry experience and more than 12 years foundry experience, with demonstrated success in executive leadership, operations management, and profit and loss responsibility.

Gowri Shankar, VP of Engineering Technology

Gowri Shankar, Technical Advisor to the CEO

Gowri joined CPP in April 2015 and is currently the Technical Advisor to the CEO, utilizing his industry expertise on 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 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.

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Julian Zeltinger, Group Vice President - Europe

Julian joined CPP in September 2019  as Group Vice President - Europe and manages five manufacturing sites in Europe. Prior to joining CPP, Julian served as SR Technics Australia as Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Sales for Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. With more than 15 years of aviation industry experience, Julian began his career with Oliver Wyman Group. As an Associate Partner, Julian specialized in providing management consulting services to the aviation industry to maximize commercial, operational, organizational and growth opportunities.

Julian holds a BA degree in economics, a MBA from the university of Munich, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg.

Tim Trombetta, Chief Financial Officer

Tim joined CPP in May 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer and leads the Company’s Finance and IT functions. Prior to joining CPP, Tim served as the Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Aleris Corporation. Tim began his career with Ernst & Young in the assurance and advisory business services unit and has more than 25 years of Finance and Accounting experience. Tim is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major from Miami University (OH).

Kevin Ronan, Senior Vice President, Quality & Engineering

Kevin joined CPP in July 2020 as the Senior Vice President, Quality & Engineering, leading the Engineering and Quality functions for CPP. Prior to joining CPP, Kevin served as Vice President of Quality for the Energy Group at PCC. With over 26 years of experience in superalloy and titanium aerospace and IGT casting, Kevin began as his career as a metallurgist in a ductile iron & steel foundry and progressed through various engineering and leadership positions. Kevin holds a B.A.Sc. degree in Metals & Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia and an MS in Materials Engineering from Auburn University.

Chad Gallentine, Executive Vice President, Commercial

Chad joined CPP on April 2019 and is currently Executive Vice President, Commercial, leading the Sales/Commercial function for CPP. Prior to joining CPP, Chad served as Regional VP/General Manager at Wesco Aircraft Company. With over 27 years of experience in Sales, Chad began his career at Rio Tinto Alcan Cable in a hands-on business development role and progressed through various Sales and Operations roles throughout his career. Chad holds a BA degree in Government from Dartmouth College and an MBA in Managerial Finance & Management Strategy from Northwestern University.