Dunlop Aircraft Tyres Welcomes Susan McKenna as New CEO

Liberty Hall Capital Partners has recently appointed Susan McKenna as the new Chief Executive Officer of Dunlop Aircraft Tyres. Along with McKenna's appointment, Shashank Dhawan has been named as the Chief Financial Officer of Dunlop.

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April 18, 2023

Rowan Taylor, the founding and Managing Partner of Liberty Hall, expressed his excitement about welcoming McKenna to lead Dunlop into its next phase of sustained growth. He stated, "Susan's proven track record in developing and implementing growth strategies, overseeing new product development, pursuing innovation, and ensuring operational excellence within the aerospace industry is unparalleled."

With over three decades of experience in the aerospace and related industries, McKenna has held increasing roles of importance at United Technologies Corporation (now Raytheon Technologies) and its predecessors. Most recently, she held the Executive General Manager position at Collins Aerospace, where she strategically led the aftermarket business. She also had strategic and operational responsibility for UTC's Actuation and Propeller Aftermarket Services business and held numerous positions at Goodrich, including Vice President of their Secondary Flight control business and various senior finance roles. She joins Dunlop from Sertec Corporation, where she held the role of Chief Financial Officer.

McKenna expressed her excitement about joining Dunlop Aircraft Tyres and partnering with the whole team to continue building the business through an exciting period of growth. She stated, "Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is well positioned to capitalize on the continuing commercial aerospace recovery and strong secular growth in the military and freighter end markets."

Shashank Dhawan, the new Chief Financial Officer of Dunlop, brings nearly three decades of cross-sector experience in the aerospace, engineering, chemicals, and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining Dunlop, he held the Chief Financial Officer position at Aeromet International Limited, a manufacturer and supplier of cast aluminum and magnesium parts to the global aerospace and defense industries.

Liberty Hall Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused exclusively on investments in businesses serving the global aerospace and defense industry. Liberty Hall's principals have a 25-plus year history of working together and have led the investment of over $2.5 billion in equity capital in over 25 businesses serving multiple segments of the aerospace and defense industry.


Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is the only specialist tyre manufacturer focused solely on aircraft tyres, with a well-established brand and market reputation for quality. The company has three facilities located in Birmingham (United Kingdom), Mocksville, North Carolina (USA), and Jinjiang (China) and strives to be the first-choice supplier of aircraft tyres as a result of best-in-class product performance, exemplary customer service, and dispatch reliability.


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