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Esterline CMC Electronics Appoints Four New VPs Following Barco Purchase

Esterline CMC Electronics Appoints Four New VPs Following Barco Purchase

Esterline CMC Electronics has appointed four new VPs, following the acquisition by Esterline Corporation of the Aerospace and Defense division of Belgium-based Barco N.V. in January 2015. The former Barco avionics display activities as well as the training and simulation business are being integrated within Esterline CMC Electronics.

The new vice presidents are:

Patrick Champagne – VP products, display solutions

Patrick Champagne

Patrick Champagne

Mr. Champagne will be responsible for all display-related capabilities which are being consolidated into one product group. This integrated group includes engineering, product management and program management for the former Barco avionics products as well as CMC’s line of custom electronics display products and advanced systems.

Most recently, Mr. Champagne was vice president, cockpits and systems integration at CMC, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to holding this position, he was Vice President, Engineering since 1998. Mr. Champagne holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Electrical Engineering from the École Polytechnique and an MBA from McGill University. An active member of the aerospace community, he is on the boards of Aéro-Montréal, where he is also Chairman of the Innovation Group and the SA2GE Green Aircraft Demonstration Consortium; the Advisory Board of the École de technologie supérieure; and the Aerospace Advisory Board at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

Marc Gagné – VP, operations

Marc Gagné

Mr. Gagné will be responsible for Operations at the company’s facilities in Montreal and Sugar Grove, Illinois, and will work closely with site leadership at the Esterline facility in Kortrijk, Belgium, to support all of CMC’s product groups with best-in-class facilities and manufacturing operations.

During his career at CMC over the past eleven years, Mr. Gagné has taken on positions of increased responsibility as Senior Manufacturing Manager for Custom Electronics; Director of Engineering Services; and Director of the Hybrid Microelectronics business. He holds a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and is certified Lean from the University of Tennessee.

Ben Hendsbee – VP, commercial services

Ben Hendsbee

Ben Hendsbee

Mr. Hendsbee will lead all of CMC’s commercial, legal and pricing services, in support of the company’s strategic product portfolios, including the activities related to the former Barco avionics and training and simulation businesses.

Mr. Hendsbee is a graduate of Dalhousie University and Technical University of Nova Scotia with degrees in science and mechanical engineering. He began his career at Micronav in Nova Scotia as a mechanical engineer, program manager and contracts director. He joined CMC in 1995 and for the past 20 years, Mr. Hendsbee has been a valuable member and key contributor in the commercial services organization.


Kristof Vierin, VP, sales

Kristof Vierin

Kristof Vierin

Mr. Vierin will lead the company’s international sales organization that combines the strengths of the CMC sales group with the former Barco Avionics sales team to form one consolidated, world-wide, world-class, sales force.

Mr. Vierin is one of the original founders of the Barco Avionics Division and has led the world-wide sales activities of the Aerospace and Defense business for the past 18 years, while being a key member of the executive team that has grown the business. He holds a degree in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Electronics Engineering and Avionics, as well as an MBA from the University of Louvain La Neuve and the Vlerick Management School. Mr. Vierin worked as a systems and avionics engineer at Barco before moving into sales. As vice president of sales for Esterline CMC Electronics, Kristof will remain based in Belgium at the Esterline facility in Kortrijk.

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