Shawn Black

President - Defence

Appointed to Aerospace Executive Committee January 2022

Shawn brings almost 20 years’ experience in the Aerospace & Defence sector across both programme management, P&L and operational roles.

Shawn started his career as a United States Marine Corps Officer before moving into business roles. He spent 15 years with Leonardo DRS starting in business development and programme management roles before becoming VP GM of their Electro Optical & Infrared Systems business.

In 2018 Shawn joined Cobham Plc as Chief Operating Officer of their CAES business before being appointed to CEO of Cobham’s Advanced Electronic Solutions Inc. (CAES). Shawn led this SSA part of Cobham’s business through the acquisition by Advent.

Across his career Shawn has developed a reputation for driving business improvements at pace through commercial and operational actions. His deep experience in multiple parts of the Defense sector, coupled with his extensive knowledge of SSA structures, will definitely help us take the next step in improving our Defense business line.