Spirit AeroSystems CFO Departure Amid Cash Flow Struggles

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Spirit AeroSystems stated on Wednesday that its finance head, Mark Suchinski, will leave the aerospace supplier.
Spirit AeroSystems stated on Wednesday that its finance head, Mark Suchinski, will leave the aerospace supplier.

Spirit AeroSystems announced on Wednesday that finance chief Mark Suchinski would depart the aerospace supplier amid cash flow struggles and ongoing talks to merge with its former owner, Boeing.

Leadership Transition:

Suchinski, a longtime Spirit executive, will be replaced immediately by board member and former Time Warner Cable executive Irene Esteves. He will remain with the Wichita, Kansas-based company for a transition period.

“(Esteves’) extensive experience and her remarkable instincts and financial acumen will be invaluable,” Spirit CEO Patrick Shanahan said in a statement.

Financial and Operational Challenges:

Suchinski’s departure comes during a critical time for Spirit, which faces intense scrutiny from investors and regulators following a January accident where a cabin panel blew out mid-air on a Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet, the fuselage for which was made by Spirit.

Since the accident, Boeing has slowed production of 737 MAX jets and ended the practice of traveled work — completing work on a production line outside the ordinary sequence — increasing costs at Spirit and prompting it to consider a capital raise.

Spirit, which has not reported an annual profit since 2020, posted a quarterly net loss of $617 million last month and burned through $444 million in cash in the same period.

Merger Negotiations with Boeing:

Boeing’s talks to acquire Spirit have also hit a roadblock due to complicated negotiations with Europe’s Airbus, the aerospace supplier’s second-biggest customer after the U.S. planemaker.

Suchinski joined Spirit in 2006 as an executive in the Aerostructures Segment and served in various roles before being appointed as the company’s CFO in 2020. He will join The GEO Group as its CFO, the private prison operator said in a separate statement.

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