Three additional members round out 2017 additions to industry-led advisory board
TIGHITCO Aerostructures Vice President and General Manager Ian Williams was named chairman of SC Aerospace’s Advisory Board on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at the fourth annual South Carolina Aerospace Conference and Expo in Columbia.
Williams succeeds Ranger Aerospace CEO Steve Townes, who has served as chairman since the Advisory Board’s inception in 2013. Townes will continue to serve as a member of SC Aerospace’s Advisory Board.
“I am honored to welcome Ian as SC Aerospace’s new chairman,” Townes said. “It has been a pleasure to serve with him thus far and I look forward to the unique perspective and ideas he will bring to the future of SC Aerospace.”
Williams has shared his aerospace expertise and insight into the industry as a member of SC Aerospace’s Advisory Board. He brings 30 years of experience in both the United States and Europe to his tenure as chairman. Williams began his aerospace career in 1987 as an airframe mechanic and has served in upper management roles for more than 15 years.
In addition to Williams’ new role, three other aerospace leaders have been added to SC Aerospace’s Advisory Board this year. They are:
- Leslie Farmer of Lockheed Martin;
- Don Myers of Toray; and
- Michel van Tooren of the McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research at the University of South Carolina.
Farmer will replace Don Erickson of Lockheed Martin, who will be stepping down from his role on SC Aerospace’s Advisory Board in September. Myers and van Tooren bring expertise in advanced materials and composite manufacturing.
“Our advisory board is a key factor in the success of SC Aerospace,” said SC Aerospace Director Adrianne Beasley. “Their perspectives from across the industry allow us to stay current on the opportunities and issues facing South Carolina’s aerospace cluster. I look forward to working with Ian to continue the impressive growth of aerospace in South Carolina.”
“Understanding the ins and outs of the industry clusters we manage is important to our work at the Council,” said Council President and CEO Susie Shannon. “Bringing together industry leaders and experts who know the aerospace landscape in South Carolina is incredibly valuable to helping us continue to foster growth and keep South Carolina globally competitive.”
The SC Aerospace Advisory Board is comprised of private-sector industry leaders representing aerospace-related firms. The Advisory Board helps to guide the initiative in its goals of managing, marketing and connecting South Carolina’s aerospace cluster, as well as understanding the challenges and opportunities within the cluster.
For bios of all of SC Aerospace’s Advisory Board members, please click here.