CAES Executive Staff
President and CEO
CAES Board of Directors
Mike Kahn is president and CEO of CAES. With over 2,700 employees across 11 sites throughout North America and Mexico, CAES is a pioneer of advanced electronics for the most challenging defense and aerospace trusted systems. As a leading provider of advanced technology to the United States aerospace and defense industry, CAES delivers high-reliability RF and digital solutions that enable our customers to ensure a safer, more secure planet.
During the course of his career, Mr. Kahn has served in a variety of executive leadership positions covering defense, space, strategic and commercial system businesses and related operations. Since 1981, he has been directly involved with advanced propulsion and related mission critical systems for NASA, the U.S. military and a variety of commercial customers. Prior to joining CAES, Mr. Kahn was the sector vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at Northrop Grumman, and previously the company’s president of Defense Systems Division. He also served as president of Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group prior to its acquisition by Northrop Grumman. Through these roles, he oversaw the company’s precision weapons, tactical rocket motors, hypersonic propulsion, advanced electronics and fuzing, energetics and munitions for the United States military and its allied nations.
Throughout his tenure at Orbital ATK, Mr. Kahn held many management positions. As President of ATK's Missile Products Group, he oversaw the company’s advanced capabilities in anti-radiation strike weapons, aircraft survivability systems, advanced ordinance and tactical propulsion. Before assuming that role, he was Executive Vice President of ATK’s Aerospace Systems Group, as well as Executive Vice President and General Manager for ATK Launch Systems, where he was responsible for key programs including the space shuttle reusable solid rocket motors; development of programs to support NASA’s future space exploration needs, and propulsion systems for Trident D-5, Minuteman, Missile Defense and various launch vehicles.
Mr. Kahn has received numerous awards for leadership and management, and fosters a workforce culture centered on meeting commitments, performance excellence and continuous improvement. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Gen. Kevin P. Chilton (Ret.) served as a test pilot and astronaut over his career in the Air Force, having commanded the STS-76, his third Space Shuttle mission and served as the Deputy Program Manager for Operations for the International Space Station Program. Gen. Chilton concluded his Air Force career as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command. He is a trustee of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation, a member of the Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Board of Governors and a member of the Sandia National Laboratory Board of Managers. Gen. Chilton served as an independent consultant and director for Level 3 Communications, Orbital ATK, the Aerospace Corp., Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and Schafer Corp.
Dr. Mark T. Esper served as the 27th United States Secretary of Defense from July 2019 until November 2020 and was the United States Secretary of the Army from 2017 to 2019. The former Raytheon Company vice president, who also worked on Capitol Hill, previously served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense (negotiations policy) and earlier on the Army staff as a war planner. He spent 10 years on active duty as an Infantry Officer. Dr. Esper graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1986, and has two advanced degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University. Among his awards is the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
Bob Hitt serves as Chairman of Advent portfolio company Laird, a global engineering technology company providing solutions for electromagnetic integrity, thermal performance and connectivity. He is the former Chairman of Ammeraal Beltech, which was successfully sold by Advent in early 2018. Prior to his chairmanships, Bob was President and CEO of Rexnord Industries which he grew to $1.85 billion sales under the ownership of first Carlyle and then Apollo. He was previously the President of Invensys Climate Controls and then the divisional CEO of Invensys Automation Systems.
Shonnel Malani serves as Chairman of the Board of Cobham Ltd and is a Managing Director at Advent International. He joined Advent in 2011 and focuses on buyouts in the industrial sector. Shonnel has been a private equity investor since 2004, working primarily on large and mid-cap buyouts at Bain Capital and Centerbridge Partners, prior to joining Advent. Shonnel began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. Shonnel earned his BCom from McGill University, an MBA from The Wharton School and a MPA from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Marshall is a Director at Advent International and focuses on investments in the Industrial sector. He joined Advent in 2012 from Bain & Company where he worked in their private equity practice. Prior to Bain, he started his career as a corporate lawyer. Michael holds a BA with First Class honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.
Martha McSally is a decorated combat veteran with over 35 years of experience in aerospace, defense and national security. McSally served as U.S. Senator from Arizona and in the United States House of Representatives for Arizona’s Second Congressional District. Prior to serving in Congress, McSally was a pioneer in the United States Air Force as an A-10 pilot, reaching the rank of Colonel and becoming the first woman to fly a fighter jet in combat in U.S. history, as well as the first woman to command a fighter squadron.
Mark N. Sirangelo is the Entrepreneur Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado. He was formerly the Executive Vice President of the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and head of Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems, one of the country’s top space technology companies which has participated in over 300 space missions, including over 30 planetary missions and is the builder of the next generation space shuttle, Dream Chaser. Mr. Sirangelo was formerly the Chairman and CEO of SpaceDev, Inc., prior to its merging with SNC and has spent his career building and leading aeronautics, space and technology companies.
Robert F. Weiss, Chairman of the CAES Board of Directors, is a member of the Board of Advisors to Hermeus Corporation, a hypersonics startup and Alpine Advanced Materials, LLC, a developer of custom engineered parts and components utilizing nanocomposite technology. Previously, Robert served in various leadership capacities at Lockheed Martin, including as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Advanced Development Programs (aka the Skunk Works®). Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1985, Weiss served eight years as an officer in the U.S. Navy, and an additional 16 years in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 2000 with the rank of captain.