Acro appoints Cairns as new CEO


Acro Aircraft Seating has announced the appointment of Neil Cairns as its new CEO, effective from 9th March 2020. Cairns, who replaces Chris Leese-Wood, has many years’ experience in aerospace seating, covering products in all seating classes.

Cairns has a wide-ranging track record of Lean process improvement and performance improvement, most recently holding positions as the VP and general manager at Collins Aerospace based in Tucson, Arizona and Winston Salem, North Carolina, and previously running the B/E Aerospace seating facility in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland.

Upon his appointment, Neil Cairns said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Acro at such an important time in its development. Acro has grown solidly in recent years and I am looking forward to building on this success whilst ensuring that we remain focused on delivering the highest quality products and service to our customers. Despite the current challenging market conditions, I am also committed to ensuring that we continue to innovate and deliver differentiated and best-in-class aircraft seating products for our airline and leasing company customers.”

Acro’s chairman, Paul Strothers, added, “Neil is highly respected in the industry and we are confident that his familiarity with the aircraft seating market, our products and customers will ensure a smooth and rapid introduction to our business. Neil is also passionate about continuous improvement and we look forward to his engagement with the team at Acro. His unique skills, proven track record and leadership qualities position him for success in leading the company forward.”

Neil Cairns has a wide-ranging track record of Lean process improvement and performance improvement

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