Russell Ford was appointed Chief Executive Officer of StandardAero in October, 2013. StandardAero is a global enterprise of more nearly 6,000 employees worldwide approaching $3 billion in annual revenue.
Ford joined StandardAero from Precision Castparts Corporation, where he served as President of Carlton Forge Works and Dickson Test Group of the Forged Products Division. Prior to his role with Precision Castparts, Ford served as President & CEO for private equity companies including ClearEdge Power Inc., Prestolite Electric Inc. and as COO for Holley Performance Products Inc.
Preceding his leadership roles in the private equity business community, Ford served in publicly traded corporations including the Lockheed Martin Corporation where he was Senior Vice President of Operations, leading all aircraft production at seven operating sites. In addition, he was General Manager for the Industrial and Marine Engine Division of AlliedSignal, Inc., and served in engineering and management positions for Bell Helicopter and AT&T.
Ford holds an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt and Shingijutzu Lean Expert. StandardAero is one of the world’s largest independent providers of services including engine and airframe maintenance, repair and overhaul, engine component repair, engineering services, interior completions and paint applications.
StandardAero serves a diverse array of customers in business and general aviation, airline, military, helicopter, components and energy markets. StandardAero is owned by The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG), a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $216 billion of assets under management as of December 31, 2018, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of our investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest.