Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions announces retirement of President Jill Kale

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions announces retirement of President Jill Kale

Chief Operating Officer Shawn Black to Become New CAES President Effective July 1

ARLINGTON, VA — Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a sector of Cobham plc, today announced the retirement of long-standing President Jill Kale. She will be replaced by current Chief Operating Officer Shawn Black, effective July 1, 2019. 

“We all deeply appreciate the leadership, professionalism and many years of positive contributions that Jill has brought to CAES and wish her the best of luck in her retirement,” said Scott Webster, CAES Chairman of the Board. “She guided the organization as it overcame multiple challenges, providing strong leadership throughout her tenure.” 

Jill Kale has led CAES since 2012 and most recently implemented a new organizational structure for CAES that removed layers in the organization and brought customers and employees closer to CAES decision makers. Incoming CAES Sector President Shawn Black will report to the CAES Board of Directors and brings many years of leadership experience, from his role as a United States Marine Corps officer to his position as Vice President and General Manager for Leonardo DRS, prior to joining CAES.  

“We welcome Shawn to his new role. He has provided excellent operational direction to the organization and has established a strong basis for all CAES’ business areas to be successful,” said David Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer of Cobham plc and Director of CAES. “We are delighted that Shawn is able to provide a smooth transition. His performance as Chief Operating Officer gives us great confidence in his ability to take CAES to the next level.”  

 About Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), the U.S. subsidiary of Cobham plc operating under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the US Department of Defense, provides a number of mission-critical and specialized solutions for harsh environments. Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions supplies defense, aerospace, security, medical and industrial markets with critical solutions for communication on land, at sea, and in the air and space, by moving data through off-the-shelf and customized products and subsystems including RF, microwave, and high reliability microelectronics, antenna apertures and motion control solutions.

 About Cobham plc

Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.

We employ around 10,000 people primarily in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refueling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.

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Colleen Cronin
Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions
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