Liberty Hall Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in businesses serving the global aerospace and defence industry, has announced the appointments of Susan McKenna to Chief Executive Officer and Shashank Dhawan to Chief Financial Officer of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, a leading independent global designer and supplier of high-quality aircraft tyres serving the commercial, military and freighter aircraft markets.

“Since 1910, relentless innovation has been the heart of the mission for Dunlop Aircraft Tyres. We are thrilled to welcome Susan to lead Dunlop into its next phase of sustained growth,” said Rowan Taylor, Liberty Hall’s founding and Managing Partner.

“Susan’s proven track record in developing and implementing growth strategies, overseeing new product development, pursuing innovation and ensuring operational excellence within the aerospace industry is unparalleled. We believe the combination of Susan’s operational experience and Shashank’s financial experience coupled with the balance of the existing leadership team creates a truly differentiated executive team.”

McKenna added: “Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is well positioned to capitalize on the continuing commercial aerospace recovery and strong secular growth in the military and freighter end markets. I am excited to become part of the Dunlop Aircraft Tyres family, alongside our newly appointed CFO, Shashank Dhawan, and to partner with our whole team to continue to build the business through an exciting period of growth.”

Three decades of experience

McKenna brings over three decades of experience in the aerospace and related industries. From 1994-2020, she held increasing roles of importance at United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”, which is now Raytheon Technologies) and its predecessors.

Most recently, McKenna held the Executive General Manager, Engine Control Services position at Collins Aerospace, where she strategically led the standalone aftermarket business, formed after the disposal of the original equipment business to Rolls Royce. She previously had strategic and operational responsibility for UTC’s Actuation and Propeller Aftermarket Services business and held numerous positions at Goodrich, including Vice President of their Secondary Flight control business and various senior finance roles.

She joins Dunlop from Sertec Corporation, a leading automotive manufacturer of complex lightweight body structures and electric powertrain components for major original equipment manufacturers, where she held the role of Chief Financial Officer.

McKenna began her career at Eaton Corporation and holds a Bachelor’s degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from The University of Ulster. She is also a fellow member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.
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