A world-leading aerospace company has announced the appointment of two senior roles in its global innovation team to help drive its strategic long-term business plans.
Pattonair, the global aerospace and defence supply chain provider, has welcomed Kieran Murphy and Martin Cole into the newly-created positions of Innovation Manager at its Derby headquarters.
Their appointments come at an exciting time for the company, which has embarked on a $1.9 billion merger with US-based Wesco Aircraft Holdings and acquired aircraft spares company Adams Aviation.
It is also at the forefront of the transition towards Industry 4.0, leveraging the opportunities around digitisation and automation of the supply chain to drive improved performance, which has been dubbed the fourth industrial revolution.
Kieran, 37, from Nottingham, has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and has a widespread knowledge of digital technology and artificial intelligence (AI). A previous role saw him working at Rolls-Royce’s R2 Data Labs identifying and implementing opportunities for digital transformation within the business.
“The opportunity is vast here, alongside a strong sense of drive and ambition,” said Kieran, who has recently been an account manager at QiO Technologies, an AI start-up business, where he worked with industrial customers to provide AI driven solutions for complex technical cost and energy problems.
Martin, 36, from Wolverhampton, brings more than ten years’ experience in the automotive, nuclear, aerospace and defence sectors to his new role.
Martin has acquired a strong technical knowledge base in manufacturing & supply-chain automation from his years of experience working as a consultant and system integrator. Martin previously helped large enterprises unleash potential, in his previous role as a managing consultant at the multinational professional service network, Deloitte.
Martin will be working with the global operations teams to utilise relevant opportunities to deliver greater efficiency, quality, and customer service via the application of new technology solutions within the warehousing network.
“I was engaged by this opportunity from the start,” said Martin. “Not many companies are ready to invest in Industry 4.0 or to reap its benefits, there is real scope here to deliver change.”
The men are joining a team of seven innovation and data specialists and will report to Jason Rance, Pattonair’s Global Innovation Director. Their appointments build on the company’s commitment to recruit the best talent in the region to maintain its position as the aerospace sectors leading provider of innovative supply chain solutions.
“We are delighted to welcome them both,” said Jason. “They bring a wealth of experience and skills and will help to underline our reputation as an innovative leader in our industry.