Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi Features Panel on Supply Chain Strategy

April 7, 2014

ABU DHABI, UAE, April 7, 2014 – David P. Storch, Chairman and CEO of AAR CORP., (NYSE: AIR) will moderate a panel discussion at the Global Aerospace Summit that explores ways the industry can adapt and position itself for growth amid a changing supply chain. The conference, a strategic forum for industry leaders in the aerospace, aviation, defense and space industries, is being held April 7-8 in Abu Dhabi.

Readiness of the supply chain continues to be a top concern for the aerospace industry, especially as growth in demand and production persists and expands to developing markets in the Middle East and Africa. The panel will address ramping up production while maintaining cost and quality; efficiently meeting the needs of next-generation aircraft; viable options for consolidation and partnerships; and financing.

Joining Storch at the 15.15 panel in the Main Summit Room at the St. Regis will be executives from other leading suppliers: Raphael Duflos, Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Aerolia; Steven Gaffney, Chairman and CEO, DynCorp International; Jean-Paul Ebanga, President & CEO, CFM International; William Wood, President of Aerospace Materials, Cytec Industries and Dr. Hans-Jörg Kutschera, Vice President, Booz & Company.

“I am honored to moderate this important session and am eager to contribute to a robust discussion on global supply chain strategies,” said Storch. “My colleagues and I are keenly aware that emerging markets and next-generation aircraft will have an impact on supply chain requirements, and we are committed to finding innovative ways to enhance management, efficiency and global integration of supply chain operations.”

AAR is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive aviation supply chain programs to the U.S. and allied nations’ defense sectors. In recent years, AAR has expanded its global supply chain business to better serve the commercial sector, with operations in Chicago, Singapore, Indianapolis, Toronto and Amsterdam. The Company recently opened a new hub in Brussels, Belgium, that will provide 24/7 AOG support for customers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.




About AAR

AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services. AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems operations. Additional information can be found at

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