Aerospace and defense company Vertex Aerospace announces that Bill Beard steps in as Senior Vice President Corporate Operations and Strategy. Beard first began his time at Vertex in 2007 when he served as Vice President of Operations. Later, he provided consulting services to the company from 2016 to 2019.
Bill re-joined the Vertex team in September 2019, serving as the interim SVP of Corporate Business Operations and Business Development. Prior to consulting for Vertex, Beard served as the Vice President and General Manager of GKN Aerospace overseeing operations of flight-critical components production and assemblies for Boeing, Honda Aircraft Company, and Honeywell.
Beard has displayed a long history of success in aircraft maintenance, modifications, systems integration, aerospace manufacturing, and contractor logistics support services. Retiring from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer with over 20 years of naval aviation experience, Beard accumulated over 4,000 flight hours in a variety of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance aircraft as well as special mission aircraft.
His responsibilities will include overseeing the company’s strategic growth, along with providing leadership to the Corporate Business Operation functions.
"I am extremely fortunate to have developed a long-term relationship with Vertex and am honored to continue building upon that," said Beard. "Driving company growth while creating more operational efficiencies will be my main priority to ensure we continue offering customers high-quality, affordable readiness."