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Kim Ernzen Joins StandardAero as Chief Operating Officer

June 6, 2024  By Wings Staff

StandardAero appointed Kim Ernzen as Chief Operating Officer, reporting directly to StandardAero CEO Russell Ford. In this role, StandardAero explains she is responsible for global operational performance, efficiency and excellence, as well as engineering and supply chain management for StandardAero.

In addition, StandardAero’s Engine Services and Component Repair Services division Presidents will report directly to Ernzen. She replaces Kerry O’Sullivan, who is retiring from StandardAero, and will be located at the company’s headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Prior to joining StandardAero, Ernzen served as President of Naval Power for Raytheon Technologies overseeing a US$6 billion division with programs supporting the U.S. Military and its global allies along with a full range of Raytheon’s offerings. She has more than 25 years of experience working at Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Raytheon/RTX Corporation.

An aerospace engineer by training, Ernzen spent the early part of her career in general aviation with a core focus in manufacturing operations, as well as aftermarket and technical support. Later in her career, Ernzen served in increasingly responsible executive roles in both operations and general management serving military, defense and space markets.


Ernzen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA degree – all from Wichita State University. In addition, she completed Raytheon’s Executive Leadership, Engineering Leadership Development and Principles of Leadership programs and is a recipient of the Raytheon CEO award.


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