Executive Team

Executive Team

Rob Higby – Chief Executive Officer

Rob Higby was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TurbineAero, Inc. in February, 2017. Through the spinout of various leading APU MRO services divisions from the Triumph Group, TurbineAero was created to become the world’s most comprehensive, flexible and customer focused APU MRO Services company in the world.

Previously, Higby worked at StandardAero, a $2 billion aviation services enterprise where he served as Global Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service of their Airlines & Fleets business unit. In this role, Higby led all commercial efforts across the sector’s commercial aviation, business aviation and military businesses, and guided the overall sales strategic planning process for the sector. His efforts contributed to the sale of StandardAero to Veritas Capital, LLC in 2015. Prior to StandardAero, Higby served as Vice President, Global Sales for GE Aviation Systems where he ran the commercial efforts for GE’s airframe, airline, MRO and military businesses.

Higby holds an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Business, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University. He is also a licensed pilot.

Adam Gallo – Chief Financial Officer

Adam Gallo joined TurbineAero from Desser Holdings in April, 2017. As the CFO of Desser, Adam successfully led all financial aspects and IT for the global organization. Desser Holdings is a private equity owned aerospace parts distribution, wheel and brake repair and overhaul, and aircraft plastics manufacturing company. While at Desser, Adam established the financial organization, operating system, and M&A investment strategy to enable significant growth and increased profitability. Desser Holdings has locations in Los Angeles, Memphis, and the UK.

Prior to Desser, Adam was the Chief Financial Officer of Zodiac Aerospace’s US Seat division which produced over 100,000 seats yearly from 3 domestic and international locations. While at Zodiac, Adam positioned the financial aspects of the organization to achieve double digit growth including new pricing strategies, management reporting, and metrics that enabled significant growth and market share. Prior to Zodiac, Adam held several progressive financial management and product line CFO roles within Allied Signal and Honeywell Aerospace, including the financial leader of numerous electronic and mechanical product lines including the Finance Director for Honeywell’s propulsion engine business, as well as the Boeing business segment.

Throughout his career, Adam has focused on profitable growth, and positioning the organization for scalable success.

Adam holds a Bachelors Degree and MBA from the University of Arizona and is Six Sigma and Lean certified.

Steven Foust – Senior Vice President – Operations

Steven Foust joined TurbineAero from Honeywell Aerospace in April, 2017. At Honeywell, Steven led the 700 person and largest Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) business at the Phoenix, AZ Sky Harbor facility. This nearly $1B business focused on the repair and overhaul of commercial and military APU’s, Propulsion Engines, related Line Replaceable Units (LRU), and machined components. Other Honeywell roles include leading the Americas 8-Site avionics business as well as the mechanical component aftermarket and OEM businesses in Anniston, AL.

Previously, Steven served in multiple operations leadership and GM aftermarket roles with Smiths Aerospace, GE Aviation Systems, and Chromalloy Gas Turbine. His aerospace career began in 1985 as an airframe mechanic; he is a military veteran and retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer.

Steven holds a MBA from Tarleton State University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Liberty University, and is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified.

Shelby E. Griffin – Vice President and General Manager
TurbineAero Engines Technics

Shelby has been a successful MRO Repair Station professional with over 38 years of experience in operations. Throughout his career, Shelby has vast experience in the commercial, military & business jet aerospace industries. Before Triumph was purchased by TurbineAero, Shelby had been at Triumph for seven years. For a five-year period, Shelby ran the $45M APU business and held Operational P&L & Engineering responsibilities. Currently, Shelby is General Manager of TurbineAero Engines Technics that specializes in engine hot section component repair and engineering repair development both domestically and international.

Peter Gille – Vice President and General Manager
TurbineAero Repair – Thailand

Peter Gille has broad aerospace industry experience in aircraft and turbine engines R&D, operations, MRO, engineering and sales. He joined the Triumph Group in 2006 as Director of Engineering and Quality Assurance for Triumph Aviation Services – Asia. He is currently responsible for managing the company’s operations and engineering departments. In 2008, he assumed the position of Director of Sales & Business development for the Triumph Group covering Europe, Africa and the middle East. Mr. Gille then returned to Triumph Aviation Services- Asia as Operations and Engineering Director in 2010. Prior to Triumph, Mr. Gille was employed at Sabena Technics in Belgium as Aircraft Base Maintenance Manager from 2004 to 2006, and APU, GSE and Avionics Services manager from 1999 to 2004. His aerospace career began in 1998 as a Production Engineer of the Boeing heavy maintenance hangars of Sabena Technics in Belgium.

Mr. Gille holds a master engineering degree in nuclear energy and electro mechanics from the Industrial Engineering School of Antwerp, Belgium and holds a master engineering degree in Aeronautics and Aerospace Technologies from the universities of Leuven, Brussels and Ghent and the Royal Military School in Brussels, Belgium. Additionally, Mr. Gille is a licensed commercial aircraft pilot.”