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Boeing Names Aftermarket Vet To Lead AvionX

Boeing taps Crane executive to lead AvionX and work on aftermarket strategy.

Boeing named Brendan Curran president of Boeing AvionX, an organization the company said it formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems, but which only recently came to light.                                                                        

Boeing said Curran has more than 20 years of aerospace industry leadership experience and joined the company from Crane Co., where he was president of the aerospace and electronics group. In his new role, he will work across Boeing’s commercial, defense and services divisions to “further mature the company’s aftermarket strategy.”

Curran will be based near Dallas at Boeing Global Services and report to the division’s chief executive, Stan Deal.

“Brendan’s extensive expertise, especially as it relates to aftermarket strategies, will enable us to harness incredible opportunities so we can provide our customers more value throughout the life cycle of their investments,” Deal said in a prepared statement.

Aviation Week Network reported on AvionX Aug. 9 after oblique references began emerging online from Boeing, including for job hiring.

“Boeing AvionX is an initiative to build on expertise within the company to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems,” a Boeing spokesperson said after an inquiry. More information was not provided.

Boeing formally created an avionics business unit a year ago, along with Boeing Global Services and several other initiatives to bolster in-house capabilities and services. The Chicago company has been unveiling several X-named units and efforts, including the announcement of Boeing NeXt last month, to help the company focus on research, development and investments in autonomous flight and urban air mobility.

Deal continues to fill out his division’s leadership team with new hires. In July, Al Wood was hired as senior director for mergers and acquisitions and new business growth. For the last three years, Wood worked at aviation-focused investment and consulting firms, according to his LinkedIn profile. For almost 10 years before that he was at AeroTurbine, a wholly owned subsidiary of AerCap Holdings, a major provider of aviation services.

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