SANTA ANA, Calif., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascent Aerospace announced today the appointment of Les Holford as Quality Director to lead the Quality Management System (QMS) strategy and implementation across the entire Ascent Aerospace Company. In this new role, Les will coordinate closely with the various company's in-house Quality Managers and external agencies to establish strong business processes and Quality certifications consistent with customer expectations and requirements.
Les has had an impressive career in aerospace operations and quality systems. He began as a grit blast operator and gained a great appreciation for manufacturing processes and teamwork. Later on, he earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and spent 15 years at Pratt & Whitney overseeing both factory operations and quality systems. Subsequently, Les served as Quality Director for both Chromalloy and Nordam, and also earned an MBA degree. Most recently Les was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Segers Aero, an MRO facility specializing in engine propeller overhauls.
"Les' strong expertise in establishing quality systems and business process at OEM and Aftermarket businesses is important to Ascent Aerospace as we continue our aggressive expansion and growth," stated Brian Williams, CEO of Ascent Aerospace. "We are very pleased to welcome Les to our team."
About Ascent Aerospace
Ascent Aerospace is a wholly owned unit of AIP Aerospace and is organized into two Groups: the Ascent Integration & Automation Group and the Ascent Tooling Group.
The Ascent Integration & Automation Group provides factory and assembly line integration services, as well as automated assembly (drill and fastener installation) and composite machining assets. Working with the Ascent Tooling Group it offers customers integrated, turnkey assembly lines and essential hardware to support them.
The Ascent Tooling Group, comprised of Coast Composites, Odyssey Industries, and Global Tooling Systems, is the foremost global provider of tooling for composite fabrication, and aircraft sub- and final assembly. Combined, they offer customers unique capabilities, and the largest tooling capacity, in the industry.
Ascent Aerospace also includes an engineering services organization, Ascent Engineering, providing design and analysis services to both internal and external customers.
About AIP Aerospace
Consisting of Ascent Aerospace, Composite Horizons, and Texstars, AIP Aerospace is one of the leading providers of aerospace composite machining centers, tooling systems, assembly & factory automation and integration, engineering services, high temperature composite parts and aircraft transparencies.
SOURCE AIP Aerospace