Leadership

John Ed Boyington, Jr

John Ed Boyington, Jr

President and CEO, Vertex Aerospace LLC

John “Ed” Boyington was named President and CEO of the newly formed Vertex Aerospace in June 2018. Prior to that, he most recently served as President of L-3 Vertex Aerospace from 2015 to 2018, where he was responsible for the successful execution of a complex portfolio of aviation programs with global reach across a broad customer base. Ed has held multiple senior leadership positions at L-3, including President of L-3 Vertex Aerospace, Waco Site Executive, Senior Vice President of Federal Programs, and President of L-3 Flight International. Outside of L-3 and Vertex, he also served as Vice President and General Manager at DRS Technologies in Herndon, VA from 2009 to 2013, and President and CEO at Galaxy Technologies from 2013-2015. Retiring as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and the Chief of Naval Air Training, Ed held numerous additional leadership roles throughout his military career, including major commands in the 7th and 5th Fleet, NATO, Navy Region South, and Mine Warfare Command. He is a rated Army helicopter pilot, a dual rated Naval Aviator, and Experimental Test Pilot with over 8,500 hours in 92 different aircraft, including over 600 armed combat missions. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida, a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School, and a Master of Science in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Ed is a graduate of the Naval Test Pilot School, DSMC Program Manager and Sr. Executive Program Managers courses, a UWF Distinguished Alumni, and a Department of Defense Designated Level 3 Acquisition Professional.

Robert Sill

Robert Sill

Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Finance

Robert “Bob” Sill is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Vertex Aerospace. He arrived at Vertex in 2016, and is an accomplished aviation and aerospace executive possessing over 30 years of financial operations experience in defense, commercial and international business environments. Prior to joining Vertex Aerospace, Bob held key financial leadership roles with GKN Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Cessna Aircraft, and Honeywell Aerospace. He has vast experience in both private equity and publicly traded environments. Bob earned an MBA from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Six Sigma Green Belt from Honeywell and Raytheon.

Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson

Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Aircraft Integration & Sustainment

Brian Anderson is the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Vertex Aerospace’s Aircraft Integration & Sustainment division. His division provides aircraft structures, major airframe assemblies, and military aircraft modifications for leading prime contractors and original equipment manufacturers. Brian began his 31-year aerospace career in accounting with Vertex and its predecessor companies. He previously served as Vice President of Business Operations at L-3 Vertex Aerospace, in executive positions in business development at IAP Worldwide Services and DRS Technologies, and was the President of Tenax Aerospace. Brian is a trained Six Sigma Expert and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Richard Caputo

Richard Caputo

Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Aerospace Defense Services

Richard “Vinny” Caputo is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Company’s Aerospace Defense Services division. He is responsible for providing aviation services and customer support to Department of Defense, Other Government Agencies, and commercial customers. He also oversees the Company’s international business line, Vertex Global Aerospace, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He previously served at L-3 Vertex Aerospace as Senior Director of Aviation Field Maintenance at the Army Sustainment Division based in Huntsville, AL. Vinny retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. as a combat veteran with the rank of Colonel after 24 years of service in command and operational positions. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings in 1988 and amassed over 3,600 flight hours, including 700 in combat. Vinny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Rhode Island College and master’s degrees in Strategic Studies and Military Operational Art and Science. 

Don Davis

Don Davis

Sr. Vice President, Business Development & Strategy

Don Davis is the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy at Vertex Aerospace. He previously served as Vice President of Business Development at L-3 Vertex Aerospace. Don began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps., where he served over 25 years in various aviation roles, including Helicopter Mechanic, Crew Chief and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. After his retirement in 2001, Don joined The Boeing Company as a Business Development Manager, and later held the roles of Senior Manager of Business Development and Strategy and an executive position in the Director Maintenance Modifications & Upgrades Division Business Development team at Naval Integrated Logistics in Saint Louis, MO. Don joined the DRS in 2010 as Vice President of Operations for the Aviation Division, Sustainment, and Modernization in Elizabeth City, NC. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.