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 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.

Keith Dabbs, Chief Operating Officer, North America

Keith joined CPP in November 2016 as the Chief Operating Officer for North America and manages 15 manufacturing facilities in North America, 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, 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.

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.

Herb Sherwood, Commercial Executive Vice President

Herb joined CPP in May 2019 as Commercial Executive Vice President overseeing the CPP sales team.  Prior to joining CPP, Herb served in a number of commercial and operating roles including VP Aerospace Sales at PCC Wyman Gordon, Director of Estimating at Firth Rixson Rings Division, Director of Sales at Schlosser Forge Firth Rixson, and President/VP Operations with Pacific Sky Supply, Inc.  Herb has more that 30 years of aerospace industry experience and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. Herb holds a BA degree in business from Post Community College.