Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries, announced that it has appointed three new independent directors to its Board: Jeffry D. Frisby, Warren C. Johnson and Neil Kim. The appointments expand the Board to nine directors, eight of whom are independent.
Kevin T. Keane, Chairman of the Board, commented, “We are fortunate to add directors that bring such extensive experience in leading world-class aerospace and semiconductor companies. Jeff, Warren and Neil each bring unique talents and valuable perspectives to our already strong board. The expansion of the Board is critical to our succession plan and provides for necessary continuity to support Astronics’ continued success.”
Jeff Frisby, age 60, brings significant aerospace experience spanning nearly 40 years. He spent 17 years with Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI), a global company that designs, engineers, manufacturers, repairs and overhauls a broad portfolio of aerostructures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies and systems, as President and CEO and prior to that as President of the Aerospace Systems Group. He began his career at Frisby Aerospace, which was later acquired by Triumph. Mr. Frisby currently serves on the board of Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE: KWR). He is a graduate of the Wayne Calloway School of Business and Accountancy at Wake Forest University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Warren C. Johnson, age 57, brings noteworthy aerospace experience from his 33-year career at Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG-A), a worldwide manufacturer of precision control components and systems. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Johnson was President of the Moog Aircraft Group. He began his career as a Development Engineer and held various positions of increasing responsibility, leading Moog’s efforts to streamline aerospace product development cycle time and lean activities. Mr. Johnson holds Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He completed a Sloan Fellows M.B.A. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Neil Kim, age 58, was with Broadcom Corporation, a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications since 2000 and held progressively advanced positions of responsibility until its acquisition in January 2016. He retired as Executive Vice President, Operations and Central Engineering, and was responsible for the company’s global manufacturing including foundry operations, supply chain management and corporate procurement operations. Prior to Broadcom, he held a variety of senior technical, research and development engineering positions with Western Digital Corporation and Micropolis Corporation. Mr. Kim is named as inventor on 33 patents, previously served as a director for the Global Semiconductor Alliance and currently is a member of the Board of Directors for Silicon Laboratories Inc., (NASDAQ: SLAB), Signetics Korea (KOSDAQ: 033170) and Korean Circuit Co. LTD (KS: 007810). He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.