Management : Triumph Engine Control Systems
Alec Searle is President of Triumph Engine Control Systems. He joined Lucas Aerospace in 1994 and has remained with the company through various acquisitions, including TRW and Goodrich. Prior to being named President in 2012, Mr. Searle served as the company’s Senior Director of Business Development and Programs. Other previous positions include Director of MRO North America and Director of Business Development.
Mr. Searle received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and management from Birmingham University, United Kingdom. He also has a professional engineer license from the United Kingdom and graduated from the Goodrich Executive Development for Global Excellence (EDGE) class.
John Abercrombie brings more than 30 years of aerospace industry to Triumph. Since 2011 he has provided operations and supply chain leadership for Triumph Engine Control Systems. This includes environmental, safety and health; continuous improvement; materials planning; procurement; assembly and test; manufacturing; and all production engineering. Mr. Abercrombie began working for Hamilton Sunstrand in 2001 and served as Plant Manager and Operations Manager through 2006. He then spent a year in a restructuring support role, transitioning product into the company’s facility in Puerto Rico. From 2007 to 2011, he served as the Operations Strategy/Product Cost Manager for the company’s operation in Windsor Lock, Connecticut.
Mr. Abercrombie earned his bachelor’s degree from Teikyo Post University and an executive MBA from the University of Connecticut. He completed an executive strategy program at the University of Virginia and studied advance quality techniques through the United Technologies Corporation Leadership Center. He also spent time as an industrial electronics engineering journeyman with the State of Connecticut and Pratt & Whitney. During his career, Mr. Abercombie has received multiple president awards for outstanding performance/results from United Technologies Corporation.
Bob Feller is responsible for Quality and Export Compliance for Triumph Engine Control System, assuring the quality management system complies with all requirements and that the company conforms to import and export regulations. He has held this position since 2006. He began his career with the company in 1983, working in Quality Authority for Electronic Operations. Initially the work involved quality engineering, with increasing responsibilities over time as the Quality Authority for four different Electronic Operations sites.
Mr. Feller has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bridgeport. He received his Six Sigma Black Belt certification and has completed Lean and leadership courses. Mr. Feller earned several leadership awards from Hamilton Sunstrand for cost reduction, leadership roles and team events.
Greg Nelson is responsible for product support at Triumph Engine Control Systems, which includes product investigations, technical publications and field service. His career began in 1988 as a Development Engineer for Chandler Evans Control System. He progressed into engineering roles with increasing responsibilities from 1992 to 2000. Mr. Nelson joined Goodrich Pump and Engine Control Systems, predecessor company to Triumph Engine Control Systems, in 2000 as a Product Support Manager. From 2005 to 2008, he was Director for Hydromechanical Assembly and Test and then served as Director of MRO Operations until being named to his current position in 2012.
Mr. Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colgate University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.
Ray Perra has more than 30 years of aerospace industry experience. He leads product development and support engineering teams in the design, development, certification and in-service support of small gas turbine engine control systems. Mr. Perra began his career as a training specialist in the Navy Ordnance operation of General Electric. He then spent seven years as a Systems Design Supervisor with a predecessor company to Triumph Engine Control Systems. He went on to hold various positions of increasing responsibility for the company before leaving for four years to serve as Technical Director of Research, Development and Engineering for Emhart Glass. Mr. Perra then returned to Goodrich Pump and Engine Control Systems as Director of Systems and Software, being named Vice President of Engineering four years later.
Mr. Perra earned a bachelor’s degree from Western New England College and a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in electrical engineering. He is a certified Lean practitioner, received Six Sigma training through Falmouth Institute, and has completed leadership courses through Goodrich. Mr. Perra is a recipient of the United Technologies Corporation Chairman’s Award.
Dennis Elwood leads all finance activities for Triumph Engine Control Systems, a position he has held since 2012. He is responsible for overseeing financial statements, analysis, accounting, tax preparations and other finance-related activities for the company. He facilitated the financial aspects of the divestiture of the Goodrich Pump and Engine Control Systems business prior to its acquisition by Triumph Group. Before that, he spent a year as Vice President of Finance for the Goodrich Engine Components Business Unit in Iowa. Mr. Elwood joined Goodrich Pump and Engine Control Systems in 2008 and served as its Controller until 2011. Earlier in his career he worked for Enthone Inc., a Cookson Electronics Division, where he was a Regional Controller.
Mr. Elwood holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management as well as a master’s of accountancy, all from Utah State University. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and served a five-year term on Utah State University’s School of Accountancy Advisory Board.
Eric Masna joined the company in 2012 and is responsible for managing all aspects of the supply chain operations, including strategic sourcing, management of purchased parts, supplier quality and new product development. Prior to Triumph, Mr. Masna was Director of Global Sourcing for Covidien PLC, a medical devices company From 1997 to 2010, he worked for United Technologies Corporation, responsible for global sourcing strategies and negotiations for raw materials in airframe applications and aero engines. From 1992 to 1997, he was a Purchasing Manager for Smiths Industries Aerospace. Mr. Masna began his career in aerospace in 1990 with Lucas Aerospace, responsible for sales and technical support for key airline accounts.
Mr. Masna earned his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also completed the Executive Leadership Program through the University of Virginia.
Sales and Marketing
Tony Ziotas is responsible for business development for Triumph Engine Control Systems, a position he has held since 2012. He previously served as the company’s Supply Chain Director. Mr. Ziotas joined the company in 2006 as Director of Programs and served in that role until 2011.
Mr. Ziotas holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University.
Tom Tighe is responsible for the continuous improvement activities at Triumph Engine Control Systems. In addition, he also directs the Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Engineering teams. His first job with the company was Director of Manufacturing, a position he held from 2000 to 2006. He was responsible for all production areas that manufactured components needed to support OEM, MRO and the spare parts for the company’s hydro-mechanical product lines. He then was named Director of Continuous Improvement, a position he held until 2012 when he took on additional engineering leadership responsibilities.
Mr. Tighe earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also is a Six Sigma Black Belt and obtained Lean certification. Mr. Tighe is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and has been a Special Olympics volunteer for many years.