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Spirit AeroSystems Names James Ray to Board of Directors

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] today announced that James R. Ray Jr. has been named to the company’s Board of Directors, effective February 14, 2022. He will serve on the Compensation Committee and the Risk Committee.

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James R. Ray Jr. (Photo: Business Wire)

James R. Ray Jr. (Photo: Business Wire)

Ray has 25 years of senior executive experience in global manufacturing, strategy development, and business transformation.

“We are pleased to welcome James Ray to Spirit’s Board of Directors,” said Spirit AeroSystems Board Chair Robert Johnson. “His experience in global manufacturing and operations brings additional strength to the Board as Spirit executes a strategy to grow across Commercial, Defense & Space, and Aftermarket segments. We look forward to his leadership and contributions.”

Ray retired from Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. in November 2020 as President, Global Engineered Fastening Business Unit. He Joined Stanley Black & Decker in 2013 as President – Industrial and Automotive Repair NA and held a number of senior executive roles at the company. In addition, Ray served in leadership roles for TE Connectivity, Inc., Delphi Corp. and General Motors.

Ray earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master of science in manufacturing management from Kettering University. Ray completed the Rock Center for Corporate Governance Directors College at Stanford University and has attended executive development programs in Global Enterprise Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and the Strategies for Creating Shareholder Value at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.

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About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. We are leveraging decades of design and manufacturing expertise to be the most innovative and reliable supplier of military aerostructures, and specialty high-temperature materials, enabling warfighters to execute complex, critical missions. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco. More information is available at

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