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10 Things You Didn't Know About Spirit Aerosystems CEO Thomas C. Gentile III

Spirit Aero Systems CEO

Thomas C. Gentile III is the president and CEO of Spirit Aerosystems. He's known for this strong work ethic and a long and successful track record in his chosen profession. He is the leader of Spirit Aerosystems, which is in the airlines and aviation sector of business. We were interested in learning more about the Chief Executive Officer of this prestigious company, and how he achieved such major success in his profession. He's an interesting guy who also has an active life outside of his high ranking role in the aerospace industry. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Thomas C. Gentile III.

1. He has an ivy league education

Thomas attended one of the very best schools in the country. He enrolled in the business program and he earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Mr. Gentile continued forward with his education and was accepted into Harvard's graduate school in business, where he also received his MBA degree. This is a prestigious school that is very difficult to gain acceptance to and only a small percentage of applicants are accepted into its rigorous study programs.

2. This isn't his first executive leadership role

Mr. Gentile was appointed to the position of CEO and president of Spirit Aerosystems in 2016, but he brings to the position a wealth of previous leadership experience in the upper echelons of the business world. Before joining Spirit, he oversaw the global operations, capital and IT planning a GE Capital. His official position in the corporation was a chief executive officer.

3. He was a leader in healthcare

In addition to working in the aerospace and capital planning industries, Gentile was also involved in the healthcare sector. He held the position of CEO and president of GE's Healthcare Systems operations. His focus was within the diagnostic imaging division which was valued at $14 billion. He served many roles with the GE company and worked in several countries including Australia, France, and the United States.

4. Gentile started out as a trade analyst

The first official position that Mr. Gentile has listed on his impressive resume was as a trade analyst. He joined the General Motors Motor Trading division in July of 1986 and continued his post there for two years and two months, through August of 1988. During his time with GM he was heavily involved with the commodity trading programs in analysis, negotiation and implementations of the programs which were used in the sale of General Motors products in Eastern Europe, Latin American and Africa, but he was based out of Detroit, Michigan.

5. His annual compensation is in the millions

Mr. Gentile is handsomely rewarded for his hard work and dedication to Spirit Aerosystems. There is nothing that is easy about the rigors of being in charge of leading the company, and full responsibility for its success rests upon his shoulders. Spirit rewards his efforts with a salary that is $1,241,233, with a bonus for his excellent performance of an additional $1,546,576. He also receives stock and other types of compensation which for the 2018 fiscal year amounted to $9.9 million.

6. He believes in giving back

Thomas Gentile III is a very wealthy man and it's a certainty that he has no financial concerns. He believes in helping those who are less fortunate or who may be struggling financially. Thomas is heavily involved in the promotion of the Good Neighbor Fund which is Spirit's employee giving program. This shows that he has a philanthropic spirit and cares about others who may not have had many lucky breaks in their lives.

7. He supports medical research and other worthy causes

Mr. Gentile also served on the United Way of Greater Milwaukee Board, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County in Connecticut and he is also an ALS Finding a Cure Trustee. He gives of his time and does his part to make the world a better place to live for those who are in need of assistance.

8. He went back to school after his graduate degree

Thomas Gentile III believes strongly in education. He returned to Harvard University where he earned his AB degree in Economics. He not only completed the requirements, but he also graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1990. Prior to this, he enrolled in the London School of Economics and Political Science. His studies were in International Relations from 1984 through 1985 but no degree was listed for this program.

9. He is a family man

Mr. Gentile is married to his wife Julie. Together the couple is the parents of their three children. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan where he was hired on at his first job after college, but he and his family have lived in several different places. This is the life of an executive leader in the business world who is in high demand.

10. He's seen a great deal of the world

Mr. Thomas Gentile III is a very interesting CEO who has had a lot of professional leadership at the helm of some of the largest and most successful companies in the world. He's skilled in analyzing and financial planning as well as in other areas of business. He knows how to run a company to perform at peak. He's worked in the United States as well as in other countries throughout the world, thanks to his skill and competency in international relations. Thomas is one of those amazing leaders who are multi-talented and able to achieve success in a variety of different sectors within the business world. This kind of savvy is rare. Gentile has worked hard to achieve success, but it all just seems to come very naturally to him.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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