Eric Strafel has been named president and CEO of Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
Previously Strafel served as vice president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security Autonomous Systems for Boeing Military Aircraft.
“Eric brings 20 years of leadership experience back to Aviall,” said Lynne Hopper, vice president Material Services within Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Commercial Aviation Services. “He understands its core values, embraces the Aviall culture and shares Aviall’s long tradition and passion for customer service. Eric is a proven leader, and his experience in international operations and general, business, defense and commercial aviation align very well with Aviall’s strategic focus.”
“I am honored to have been selected as Aviall’s president and CEO. It is a privilege once again to be part of an organization that delivers the industry’s highest quality products, services and innovative solutions to more than 26,000 customers and invests in developing the most talented team members in aviation,” said Strafel. “We are an organization led by an 84-year-old purpose of ‘proudly keeping the world in flight.’ I will do my best to serve our original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners and customers by strengthening our team members’ ability to fulfill that purpose.”
Previous to his role at Autonomous Systems, Strafel was the senior vice president for Operations & Business Development at Aviall. In that role, he had executive leadership responsibility for Aviall’s commercial and defense operations, including demand planning, procurement, warehouse operations, global quality and the Lean Six Sigma program.
Before his roles of increasing responsibility at Aviall, Strafel was the Vice President of Supply Chain Management for L3 Communications and held leadership positions with Honeywell International, Precision Conversions, and United Technologies. His international assignments included responsibilities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Strafel holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University. He also is a member of the USA Leadership Corps, a national volunteer-based strategy consulting group that caters to the needs of emerging small businesses and nonprofits.
Aviall operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, supporting both commercial and defense business units within Boeing. Aviall is a leading solutions provider of aftermarket supply-chain management services for the aerospace and defense industries.
Aviall, which has headquarters in Dallas, is the world’s largest provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services. The company markets and distributes products for more than 240 manufacturers and offers approximately 2 million catalog items from 40 customer service centers in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Aviall also provides maintenance for aviation batteries, wheels and brakes, as well as hose assembly, kitting and paint-mixing services. The company offers a complete set of supply-chain and logistics services, including order processing, stocking and fulfillment, automated inventory management and reverse logistics to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and customers.