Leadership

  • Christopher Celtruda - Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Celtruda has served as the CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors for the Merex Group since 2013. He is responsible for the P&L and strategy for a portfolio of defense aftermarket businesses that include Kellstrom Defense (formerly Kellstrom Defense Aerospace and Merex, Inc.) and Kellstrom Repair Services business groups.

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  • Richard Drinkward - Chief Financial Officer

    Richard Drinkward joined Kellstrom Defense as Chief Financial Officer in 2017. His responsibilities include leadership of the finance, accounting, and treasury function for the overall KDA group of businesses. This key leadership role owns financial reporting, controls, and analysis, and he is a primary contact for banking and private equity investor relations.

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  • Dean Brady - President, Global Distribution & Supply Chain, Kellstrom Defense

    Mr. Brady is responsible for OEM partnerships, inventory management, supplier management, and global stocking locations, which includes the planning, execution, and control of OEM distribution agreements, customer contracts, and supply chain activities.

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  • Andrew Trosper - President, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO)

    Mr. Trosper has over twenty years’ experience of driving financial performance, growth strategies, and program management in the aerospace aftermarket space. He is an accomplished leader with an impressive track record of increasing revenue percentages, optimizing revenue incomes and sales conversions, and improving efficiencies related to quality and process flow.

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  • Stuart Reid - Executive VP, Sales & Marketing

    Mr. Reid is responsible for developing and executing a cohesive global sales and marketing strategy by maximizing the matrix organization’s resources including the business development, sales and marketing teams as well as the subject matter experts.

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  • Nathan Skop - Executive V.P. of Contracts and Compliance

    Mr. Skop is responsible for the overall contracts and compliance function for all Merex Group companies, with focus on ensuring all business practices conform to regulatory requirements. He is also charged with successfully navigating the legal and regulatory facets inherent to the Organization’s increasingly more complex product offerings.

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  • Anthony Grant - Vice President, Business Transformation

    Mr. Grant is responsible for the transformation of the Merex Group of companies into a cohesive, customer facing organization with full integration of the global facilities and business infrastructure including processes, functions and operations. He is also charged with corporate strategy development and execution focused around Mergers & Acquisitions.

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  • Eric Hillewaert - V.P. OEM Relationship Management

    Mr. Hillewaert was most recently engaged at the Merex Group in a role as Director of Business Development for North America customers and OEM account development. Prior to that he held an interim role as the leader for the Merex Engineering & Manufacturing business segment.

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