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Directors and Officers



Committee Assignments

Curtis C. Reusser
Chairman, President &
Chief Executive Officer
Esterline Technologies Corporation

Michael J. Cave
Senior Vice President (Retired)
The Boeing Company
President (Retired)
Boeing Capital Corporation

Michael J. Covey
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
PotlatchDeltic Corporation

Delores M. Etter
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
Former Distinguished Fellow, Darwin Deason Institute for Cyber Security 
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Anthony P. Franceschini
President and
Chief Executive Officer (Retired)
Stantec Inc.




Paul V. Haack
Senior Partner (Retired) 
Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Mary L. Howell
Executive Vice President (Retired)
Textron, Inc.

Scott E. Kuechle
Executive Vice President and 
Chief Financial Officer (Retired) 
Goodrich Corporation

Nils E. Larsen
SZR Consulting, LLC
Senior Operating Advisor

The Carlyle Group

Board Chairman
Curtis C. Reusser

Lead Independent Director
Mary L Howell

Audit Committee
Scott E. Kuechle, Chair
Anthony P. Franceschini
Paul V. Haack
Nils E. Larsen

Compensation Committee
Michael J. Cave, Chair
Michael J. Covey
Delores M. Etter

Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee
Delores M. Etter, Chair
Michael J. Cave
Anthony P. Franceschini

Enterprise Risk Committee
Nils E. Larsen, Chair
Michael J. Covey
Paul V. Haack
Mary L. Howell
Scott E. Keuchle


Curtis C. Reusser
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Reusser joined Esterline in October of 2013 as the company's President & CEO and was appointed Board Chairman in March 2014.  He came to Esterline from United Technologies (UTC), where he served as President of the Aircraft Systems business within the company.  That position was created following the company’s acquisition of Goodrich Corporation, where Reusser was President of the Electronic Systems Segment, a $2.6 billion business with 7,800 employees and operations in seven countries.  
His responsibilities at UTC were expanded to include full operational and financial leadership for seven strategic business units employing 14,000 people and generating revenues in excess of $7 billion. During his tenure he was instrumental in winning a number of significant new long-term programs, and driving financial and operational performance by reducing SG&A and leveraging supply chain, manufacturing, and engineering synergies between the combined Goodrich and UTC businesses. 
Over his career he has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including President, Aerostructures at Goodrich.  That division nearly doubled its sales over the five years of his leadership and became widely recognized for world-class application of lean.  Prior to his long tenure at Goodrich, Reusser had an early career as an engineer with General Dynamics.


Mr. Reusser holds a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Washington.


Paul Benson
Executive Vice President &
Chief HR Officer

Mr. Benson joined Esterline in late 2014 as Vice President, Human Resources and became Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in April 2015. Mr. Benson has over 25 years of human resource management experience and a track record creating high productivity teams and improving business performance through strong leadership development and creating an engaged workforce.

Prior to joining Esterline, Mr. Benson spent twenty years in the high-technology industry as a human resources leader at Intel and Hewlett Packard.  Among his achievements, he built and led an HR functional team for the mergers and acquisitions group at both companies, leading the people side of more than 100 acquisitions, generated industry-leading executive retention strategies, and was a key leader in the international implementation of an HR management system for 300,000 employees. 

Mr. Benson holds an MBA from Arizona State University and earned his BA from St. Martin’s College in Lacey, Wash.

Stephen M. Nolan

Stephen M. Nolan
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Nolan is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Esterline. Prior to joining Esterline in 2018, he served as CFO for Vista Outdoor, a global manufacturer and marketer of outdoor sports and recreation equipment. Vista Outdoor was the result of a spin-off from Alliant Techsystems (now Orbital ATK), where Mr. Nolan spent nearly a decade in progressive roles from business development to operational management, ultimately leading the company’s strategy and business development function as a Senior Vice President. 

Prior to that, he worked in business development and M&A with military avionics manufacturer Raytheon, and spent his early career in strategic business consulting and civil engineering roles.

Mr. Nolan has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Brian Reid
Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer

Mr. Reid joined Esterline in 2001, in the internal audit department. During his time with Esterline, Mr. Reid has held a variety of roles within finance, most recently as Senior Director, Accounting and Financial Reporting. He was promoted to Corporate Controller & Chief Accounting Officer in 2018. 

Prior to joining Esterline, Mr. Reid worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in the assurance practice.  

Mr. Reid holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Washington State University.


Roger Ross
Executive Vice President and President, Sensors & Systems

Mr. Ross Joined Esterline in August 2015 as Executive Vice President and President of the Sensors & Systems segment. Ross is a seasoned international executive with over 20 years of experience in the Aerospace industry. He was previously Senior Vice President, Actuation and Propeller Systems for United Technologies Aerospace Systems, headquartered in the UK, with management responsibility for operations in six countries. Prior to that position, Ross served in various executive roles domestically and internationally, including an extended position managing certain India-based operations for Goodrich Corp., which was acquired by United Technologies in 2012.  

Mr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Amy Watson

Donald E. Walther
Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Mr. Walther joined Esterline in 2018. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel at The Heico Companies LLC, a parent holding company for a diverse portfolio of manufacturing, construction and industrial services businesses. He has more than 20 years of experience leading global legal, contracts and compliance functions, serving as a partner at Perkins Coie LLP prior to joining The Boeing Company as Counsel and ITT Corporation as Deputy General Counsel.

Mr. Walther graduated from Duke University and went on to earn a JD and MBA from the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of several industry and leadership awards and is a Six Sigma Green Belt with extensive experience in Strategic Goal Deployment. Mr. Walther is active in community organizations where he has held numerous governance roles. 

Amy Watson

Amy Watson
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Ms. Watson was hired as Esterline’s Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary in 2012 as the company brought some of its legal responsibilities in-house. 

Ms. Watson spent more than seven years as an associate with Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie LLP, a role in which she first advised Esterline management on a range of legal matters related to corporate transactions, SEC reporting and corporate governance.  Immediately prior to joining Esterline, she served as Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for RealNetworks, Inc. 

Ms. Watson has her JD and a Master of Studies in Environmental Law degree from Vermont Law School.  She also received an MBA and bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois.  She is a member of both the Washington State Bar Association and the State Bar of California (inactive status).

Al Yost

Al Yost
Executive Vice President and President, Advanced Materials and Avionics & Controls

Mr. Yost joined Esterline in 1999 and has nearly 20 years of broad operational experience in the aerospace/defense and medical technology sectors.  In 2009 he was promoted to the role of Corporate Group Vice President, overseeing all of Esterline's Advanced Sensors, Engineered Materials, Interface Technologies, and Surface Finishing operations.  He added the role of Treasurer in 2011 and assumed the President, Advanced Materials title in March 2014. In August 2015, he became the president of the Avionics & Controls segment as well.

Prior to becoming an Esterline officer, Mr. Yost served in a number of supervisory roles within the company.  He was then promoted to President of Esterline’s Advanced Input Systems operation in 2007.  He also held management responsibility for Esterline’s Interface Technologies business platform, which encompasses six operating locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  In his early career, Mr. Yost held Finance and Project Management positions at Moog’s aircraft group and Raytheon Aircraft.

Mr. Yost holds an MBA from Utah State University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Brigham Young University.


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