SOURCE: Esterline Technologies

Esterline Technologies

September 30, 2011 16:30 ET

Esterline Selects Phil Bowker to Lead Its Engineered Materials Business Platform

Bowker Brings More Than Two Decades of Experience in Aerospace & Defense Sector

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - Sep 30, 2011) - Esterline Corporation ( (NYSE: ESL), a leading specialty manufacturer serving the aerospace and defense markets, today announced that it has selected Phil Bowker to serve as Platform President of the company's Engineered Materials business platform, consisting of six global manufacturing operations in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Bowker most recently served as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing for the Engineered Materials platform where he was responsible for all sales and marketing functions including business development, strategic planning, and customer and program development.

Esterline CEO Brad Lawrence said, "Phil works continuously on process enhancement. He introduced technology road mapping, order profitability improvements, and product line management at Engineered Materials, which have all helped our bottom line through intelligent planning and operational excellence. That's what Esterline is all about and Phil understands our philosophy perfectly."

Bowker has also served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Programs with Esterline's Advanced Sensors group of companies based in the UK. He worked in a variety of leadership roles where he re-engineered processes across three international sites, designed and implemented the transition to a dedicated after-market service organization (Esterline Sensors Services) and led the creation and development of the business platform's first Tier One integration efforts with Rolls-Royce and Safran.

Bowker first came to Esterline in 1999 through its acquisition of former subsidiary Muirhead, where he led the sales and engineering departments and improved their efficiencies. He also has prior sales experience with Kulite in the UK and northern Europe, totaling 23 years of industry expertise. He has a bachelors of science degree from Leeds University in the UK and a diploma in instrumentation from the University of Manchester.

Bowker will be based at the platform's Brea, California location and succeeds longtime Esterline leader Rick Gentle, who is semi-retiring after 18 years with Esterline. Gentle will, however, remain Esterline's President of China Business Development.

About Esterline:
Esterline Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Advanced Materials; Avionics & Controls; and Sensors & Systems. With annual sales of more than $1.5 billion, Esterline employs over 10,000 people worldwide.

Operations within the Advanced Materials segment focus on technologies including high-temperature-resistant materials and components used for a wide range of military and commercial aerospace purposes, and combustible ordnance and electronic warfare countermeasure products.

Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on technology interface systems for commercial and military aircraft and similar devices for land- and sea-based military vehicles, cockpit integration systems, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment, and other high-end industrial applications.

The Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, specialized harsh-environment connectors, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers.