Larry A. Lawson, age 58, most recently served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SPR) (“Spirit”), the largest Tier 1 designer and manufacturer of metal and carbon fiber aero-structures for commercial and military aircraft, from April 2013 through July 2016.
Prior to joining Spirit, Mr. Lawson held various positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) and its predecessor companies (“Lockheed”), a global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company, from August 1986 until April 2013, his last position being Executive Vice President, President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where he led Lockheed’s military aircraft business. Some of Mr. Lawson’s prior positions with Lockheed include Executive Vice President and General Manager of the F-35 Lightning II program (April 2010 to January 2012), Executive Vice President and General Manager of the F-22 Raptor program (August 2004 to April 2010), Vice President Corporate Business Development and Vice President Lockheed Martin Airforce Missiles program. Mr. Lawson began his career in 1980 with McDonnell Douglas Corp., a former aerospace manufacturing corporation and defense contractor.
Mr. Lawson’s accolades include being recognized in June 2016 by Ernst and Young as the Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest for his work at Spirit and honored with the National Volunteer Leadership Award by the American Diabetes Association in 2015. Mr. Lawson earned his Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and is an MIT Seminar XXI Fellow.
Elliott believes that Mr. Lawson’s extensive executive leadership experience with multinational aerospace and manufacturing companies, where he gained significant knowledge relative to aircraft manufacturing, business development, engineering operations, international marketing and performance-based logistics, give him the ideal set of skills needed to turnaround Arconic’s woefully and continually underperforming business.