Deloitte names new Global and US Aerospace and Defense Leader

by Editor 6/13/2008 2:40:00 PM

Tom Captain, a 27-year industry veteran and a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP has been named vice chairman and global and US leader of Deloitte's Aerospace and Defense (A&D) industry group, which provides audit, tax, financial advisory and consulting services to commercial aerospace, military aircraft, defense electronics, missile defense, land & naval platforms and space companies, along with their suppliers, investors and customers.

He replaces Jim Schwendinger, who is retiring.

In his new role, Captain will provide industry specialization to client teams and spearhead initiatives to enhance Deloitte's position in the marketplace. He will continue to be actively involved in major client assignments within the industry, providing consulting services to Fortune 500 companies in the A&D industry.

He specializes in strategy, operational improvements, product development and program management across multiple functions.

"The A&D industry faces multiple challenges and Tom brings exceptional problem-solving capabilities to our clients," said Edward Carey, national managing principal, US Industries, Deloitte LLP. "He is one of our most experienced leaders in the A&D industry, and understands the importance of delivering industry insight and perspective to clients. Jim did an exceptional job guiding the strategic development of the practice, and we're confident that this sector will continue to prosper under Tom's leadership."

"Tom will be instrumental in strengthening our capabilities in strategic regions and markets across the globe as we continue to deliver services to help our A&D clients achieve sustainable profitable growth," added Hans Roehm, Deloitte Touche Tomatsu global Manufacturing industry leader.

"Over the past few years, A&D industry growth has been fueled by the global war on terrorism and the recovery in commercial aircraft," said Captain. "However, companies in this industry face a number of ongoing challenges in areas including increased emphasis on cost control, global supply chain complexities, the innovation imperative, regulatory compliance and a critical talent shortage. How well companies respond to these challenges will determine their success going forward."

Captain is a member of the Seattle University Business School Dean's Executive Advisory Board and participates in a number of professional, civic and community programs. He contributed to the Puget Sound Regional Council's Prosperity Partnership Aerospace Competitiveness Initiative, and is a member of the Patrons of Northwest Civic & Charitable Organizations Board of Directors, a former trustee of the Museum of History and Industry's Board and a past president of the Institute of Management Consultants, Pacific Northwest Chapter. He received an M.B.A. from Seattle University and a B.A. from the University of Washington. He also completed the executive education program at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

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