Prior to Smiths, he was a vice president and general manager for several of Eaton Corporation’s aerospace businesses, including electro-mechanical systems, actuator and controls, and hydraulics. From 1991 to 1999, Gillespie rose through positions of increasing responsibility with Allied Signal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Arizona State University, Tempe.
“Barry brings broad knowledge of the aerospace industry, based on his extensive experience as a supplier to the commerical and military aerospace market,” said J. Rich Alexander, senior vice president, coatings. “He has experience with mergers and acquisitions, and he comes to us well-qualified to take on new growth initiatives in our aerospace business.”
David P. Morris, former vice president, aerospace, will take on the role of vice president, aerospace coatings & sealants, and will focus on building this particular segment of the business.