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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 is the leading APU MRO service provider of comprehensive, flexible and reliable solutions to the global Aerospace community.

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.

Chief Financial Officer

Steven Foust – Senior Vice President, Global 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.

Peter Gille – Vice President and General Manager
TurbineAero Asia – 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.”

Mike Harris – Vice President and General Manager
TurbineAero Engines Technics

Mike Harris joined TurbineAero from Chromalloy Gas Turbine where he was the General Manager for Operations in North America’s Eastern Region. In his role, he was instrumental in delivering significant improvements in operational and financial performance by focusing on the delivery of aerospace and industrial gas turbine growth programs, operational productivity, and customer service improvements in the 5 sites in this region. Mike also held general management positions for Chromalloy’s Arizona and Nevada operations prior to his appointment as a regional general manager.

Prior to Chromalloy, Mike held general management positions in Alliant Techsystems, Paradigm Precision, Grimes Aerospace, and Honeywell where he was the VP/GM of Honeywell’s Hardware Product Group and Vice President of Operations for the Phoenix Engine Service business. In addition to being a certified blackbelt and lean expert, Mike has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Honeywell General Management program.