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CAES Executive Staff

Mike Kahn, CEO of CAES

Mike Kahn

President and CEO

CAES Board of Directors

Mike Kahn is president and CEO of CAES. With over 3,600 employees in nine sites throughout North America and Europe, CAES offers a complete range of off-the-shelf and customized advanced electronics for the entire signal chain from aperture to digital conversion including a broad portfolio of RF, microwave and high reliability microelectronic products and subsystems. In addition, CAES is the largest provider of analog and radiation hardened technology for the United States aerospace and defense industry.

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’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Bruce Almquist, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CAES

Bruce Almquist

Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Bruce serves as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for CAES. He is responsible for leading a team that provides practical contract, compliance (other than U.S. Government Contracting) and legal support for the company. With over 30 years of experience, mostly in-house, Bruce has a unique combination of experience in multiple areas including U.S government contracts, commercial contracts, outsourcing, international law and compliance and providing pragmatic counsel to senior executives of FTSE 250 and Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining CAES, Bruce spent 18 years at Electronic Data Systems (EDS), an IT services company, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2009. While at EDS, Bruce started as an outsourcing lawyer, became responsible for legal support to its health care unit, moved to England to be responsible for legal support to its Europe, Middle East and Africa business and returned to the US to be responsible for legal support to its US Government business. While in England, Bruce transformed the stove piped, disparate country legal functions into a centralized, single budget EMEA legal function aligned to US contracting principles and, while supporting the US Government business, was instrumental in leading the legal efforts that supported a multiyear effort to turnaround EDS’ contract with the US Navy for its intranet.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy studies from Duke University and Juris Doctorate degree from University of Tulsa.

Sean Daily, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, CAES

Sean Daily

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
CAES Board of Directors

Sean Daily serves as CAES’ Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the company’s finance operations. He also serves on the CAES Board of Directors. 

Prior to joining CAES, Sean held numerous leadership roles in finance at Lockheed Martin and served most recently as Vice President, Finance and Business Operations for LM Space. There, he led a diverse team of 730 finance professionals and was responsible for financial management, pricing, program finance and control, contract negotiation and financial administration for government and commercial programs.

Sean received a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in finance. He holds his Series 7, Series 66 and Colorado Health and Life Insurance Licenses. Sean also has experience as a franchise owner of fitness studios in Colorado.

Steffanie Easter

Steffanie Easter

Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer

Steffanie Easter is responsible for the overall sustainability efforts of the company to drive best practices across key elements of environmental, social, and governance standards, and support related strategic engagements with industry peers and customers. She previously served as the Vice President, Deputy Army Business Unit and Vice President, Strategy and Planning at SAIC, where she led the strategic growth and development within the defense and civilian sector. Prior to that, Steffanie worked in both the U.S. Navy as the Director, Navy Staff in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and the U.S. Army as the Acting Assistant Secretary/Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. She started her career in engineering at NAVAIR. Steffanie holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Mike Elias, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems

Mike Elias

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems Division

Mike Elias serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems Division. In this role, Mike oversees the company’s space product portfolio including radiation hardened microelectronics, applications-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), advanced packaging solutions, signal products, motion control and positioning technologies as well as division operations in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Exeter, New Hampshire; Plainview, New York; Hauppauge, New York and Gothenburg, Sweden.

Mike is an established leader in both military and space, as well as commercial aerospace product development, strategic planning and customer interface. He spent over 30 years at Honeywell International, where he recently served as VP and General Manager for the Space Business Unit and oversaw strategic plans, design and manufacturing of space qualified hardware and software, strategic missiles and launch vehicles. Previously, he was the Vice President of Space Engineering, and held numerous roles across programs, engineering and business operations. Before joining Honeywell, Mike worked on F-15 and F-16 fire control electronics at Delco Systems Operations.  He holds both a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degree in computer and Electronics Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University. In addition, Mike is Six Sigma Green Belt certified, Black Belt trained.

Dave Fink, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CAES

Dave Fink

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Dave Fink serves as the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and CHRO for CAES, where he is responsible for developing a high performing, engaged workforce.

Prior to CAES, Dave served as Vice President and Regional Head of Human Resources and Workplace for Airbus, where he was responsible for the HR, Health & Safety and Facilities functions in North America. Dave previously held HR leadership positions in other aerospace and defense companies, including EADS North America and Pratt & Whitney.

Dave holds a bachelor's degree in management and entrepreneurship from Buena Vista University.

Paul Shew

Paul Shew

Corporate Senior Vice President of Operations Excellence

Paul serves as corporate senior vice president of operations where he leads efforts to enhance operational performance across CAES. Previously, he served as SVP and general manager for CAES’ Integrated Defense Systems Division.

Prior to CAES, Paul was the Vice President and General Manager of the Radar and Electronic Warfare Microelectronic Solutions (REMS) business area and Vice President of Radar and CNI Products within CAES. Paul’s has a 25 year electronics, aerospace and defense career, grounded with strong leadership and customer oriented business strategies. Prior to joining CAES, Paul worked at General Atomics in various leadership positions, including his last position as the Director of Aftermarket Services, for the EMS division located in San Diego. Providing executive leadership, Paul built the Aftermarket Services team from the ground-up. Prior to joining General Atomics, Paul spent over a decade at UTC including service as Business Unit General Manager of Environment Control Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, Master of Science degree in industrial engineering from University College in Dublin, Ireland and Executive M.B.A. from the Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland.

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Integrated Defense Systems

Rob Smith leads CAES’ Integrated Defense Systems Division, that supports CAES customers with the most advanced EW and Radar systems and components as well as industry-leading capabilities in engineering, manufacturing and test. Rob was most recently President, Government Operations at BWX Technologies where he drove digital transformation efforts, program excellence, key acquisitions and strong customer engagements. Prior to BWXT, Rob served in several senior leadership positions in Lockheed Martin, and started his career in the intelligence field with the US Government. Rob holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Alan Takahashi

Alan Takahashi

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Missiles Systems Division

Alan is Senior Vice President and General Manager for CAES’ Missile Systems Division. In this role, Alan is responsible for the overall performance of the Division which is located in San Jose CA. Alan has been with CAES since 2008 and previous roles include Guided munitions Product Line Vice President and Director of Program Management.

Alan began his career at Watkins-Johnson Company as a mechanical engineer and was promoted to a number of roles within the company including management of the Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering group and directing operations for the Stellex Broadband Wireless Department at the Stellex Microwave Systems.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

David Young, SVP and Chief Technology Officer, CAES

David Young

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

David Young serves as CAES’ Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In this role, David works with the company’s four operating divisions on the overall technical roadmap and related business strategies for the company, pioneer advanced research and early prototyping, strengthen technical interchanges on strategic programs with our customers and lead our new business efforts. 
Prior to joining CAES, David served as Vice President of Advanced Program Development at Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado, where led a diverse team to deliver numerous technology innovations and development programs. Previously, David served as the sector VP of BD & Strategy at Northrop Grumman. Over 12 years at Northrop Grumman he held a variety of senior business development, strategy and engineering management roles across many DOD and NASA programs. 

David holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in aerospace engineering and Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He also received Bachelor of Science degrees in both aeronautical engineering and physics with a minor in mathematics from Clarkson University. During his career, David has received numerous awards and recognitions such as a National Science Foundation Fellowship, NASA Group Achievement Award and two Scientific Notable Achievements from the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Board of Directors

CAES Board of Directors

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. 

Kevin Chilton
Mark Esper, 27th US Secretary of Defense

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, Chairman of the CAES Board of Directors, 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.

Bob Hitt
Shonnel Malani

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.

Michael Marshall
Former US Senator Martha McSally

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.

Mark Sirangelo
Robert Weiss

Robert F. Weiss 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.