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President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Buckhout
President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Buckhout joined CIRCOR as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2013. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Buckhout served in a number of senior level positions at United Technology Corporation (UTC) from 2007 to 2012, including President of UTC Fire & Security, President of Global Fire Products and President, Systems and Firefighting.  Prior to UTC, Mr. Buckhout held a number of senior roles at Honeywell International Corporation in the Consumer Products and Friction Materials divisions.  He spent five years in Europe for UTC and Honeywell, including as Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, Honeywell EMEA and Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Friction Materials – Europe.  He also previously worked in general management and strategy consulting roles at Booz Allen & Hamilton and The Boeing Company.  Mr. Buckhout earned a Master of Business Administration in Operations & Finance from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Rajeev Bhalla

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Rajeev Bhalla
Rajeev Bhalla
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Rajeev Bhalla joined CIRCOR as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2013. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Bhalla served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation since May 2012. He joined Sikorsky from United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney division where he had served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and was responsible for all financial operations worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Bhalla served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Lockheed Martin Corporation and as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving large multinational, technology and middle-market clients in a variety of industries. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration - Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Sumit Mehrotra

Group President, Industrial
Sumit Mehrotra
Sumit Mehrotra
Group President, Industrial

Sumit Mehrotra was named Group President, CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions in October 2016. Mr. Mehrotra joined CIRCOR in 2013 as Vice President, Global Supply Chain, where he was responsible for developing the global supply chain function for CIRCOR, which includes Material Planning, Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing and Logistics. In 2015, was promoted as Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Product Management when he took additional responsibilities for the corporate Engineering and Product Management functions. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Mehrotra spent 12 years with Honeywell Aerospace in various functions from Engineering to Integrated Supply Chain. In his last assignment at Honeywell he was responsible for the development and execution of global sourcing transformation strategies for multi-billion-dollar annual material spend.

He holds an MBA from Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, India.

Tony Najjar

Group President, Aerospace & Defense
Tony Najjar
Tony Najjar
Group President, Aerospace & Defense

Tony Najjar was named Group President, Aerospace & Defense in February 2018. Mr. Najjar joined CIRCOR in 2015 as Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was most recently Vice President and General Manager of CIRCOR Aerospace. He has spent nearly 30 years in the Aerospace & Defense industry, serving in engineering, sales, and general management roles. Before joining CIRCOR, Mr. Najjar held a number of leadership roles at Rockwell Collins and Kaiser Aerospace. He earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt and a certified Lean Master.

Erik Wiik

Group President, Energy
Erik Wiik
Erik Wiik
Group President, Energy

Mr. Wiik was appointed Group President, CIRCOR Energy in March 2015. Mr. Wiik has 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CIRCOR, he was employed by Aker Solutions in the UK, Norway and in the US. He most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Regional President of Aker Solutions, North America. Mr. Wiik previously served as president of Aker business units including subsea, well services and floating production. He built strong commercial relationships during each assignment, providing him with a broad knowledge of the industry and CIRCOR’s customers. He has served on the boards of directors of the National Ocean Industry Association, Spindletop Charities and the Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce. He has an engineering degree from Texas A&M University.
Varun Vijay Rao

President – India
Varun Vijay Rao
Varun Vijay Rao
President – India

Varun Vijay Rao joined CIRCOR as President – India in February 2018. He is responsible for driving growth and strategy in the region and is a key member of the CIRCOR leadership team. Prior to joining CIRCOR, he served as Managing Director at Actuant India and at ArvinMeritor. His career includes positions with several global firms, including Cummins. Mr. Rao has served in management roles in areas such as product and global marketing management, corporate development and strategy (with an emphasis on emerging markets) in the US and India. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business development, operations, technology creation, shared service centers and supply chains. Mr. Rao earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Elon College and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.
David Mullen

Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller
David Mullen
David Mullen
Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller

David Mullen was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller in September 2015. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Mullen held a number of senior finance positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific. He started his career as an auditor with Deloitte and Touche and is a Certified Public Accountant. He continues to oversee the company’s Financial Planning & Analysis function and supports Investor Relations and strategy activities. Mr. Mullen joined CIRCOR in April of 2015 and brings over 20 years of financial management experience and technical accounting expertise to the role. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University, CT.
Jennifer Allen

Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Jennifer Allen
Jennifer H. Allen
Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Jennifer H. Allen joined CIRCOR as Senior Vice President, General Counsel in November 2016. Ms. Allen has over 20 years of experience in structuring, managing and negotiating mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. She has also advised businesses on a variety of corporate, antitrust, intellectual property, litigation and other general legal matters. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Ms. Allen was most recently the Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Corporate and M&A at BAE Systems, Inc. Prior to BAE, she served in a number of senior level positions at Jones Day and Wyeth/Pfizer. Ms. Allen is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Law Review and a legal writing instructor. Previously, she received a bachelor’s degree in English and political science from the University of Delaware.
Andrew Farnsworth

Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Andrew Farnsworth
Andrew Farnsworth
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Andrew Farnsworth was named Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2016. Mr. Farnsworth joined CIRCOR in June 2015 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Farnsworth was the Group HR Director of Unibail-Rodamco based in Paris, France. He previously served as International HR Director for Brocade Communications, Group HR Director at Temenos and Emerging Markets HR Director for HP/Compaq covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before that, Mr Farnsworth held a variety of senior operations and finance positions at Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation in Europe and the United States. He holds a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
James Lapointe

Senior Vice President, Global Operations
James Lapointe
James J. Lapointe
Senior Vice President, Global Operations

James Lapointe was named Senior Vice President, Global Operations in September 2016. Mr. Lapointe joined CIRCOR in March 2015 as Vice President for Global Operations. In this position, Mr. Lapointe is responsible for leading operations strategy and continuous improvement for all of the Operations Organizations at CIRCOR International. Mr. Lapointe joins the CIRCOR Team with over 30 years of experience in Operations and Supply Chain. Previous to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Lapointe served as Senior Vice President of Operations at DRS Technologies, Defense Systems and Services, a high technology defense and intelligence company with 7 manufacturing sites in North America, joining DRS in 2009. Prior to DRS he served as Vice President for Global Supply Chain at Hamilton Sundstrand, a Division of United Technologies Corporation, where from 2002 he was responsible for worldwide supply chain operations with established sourcing offices in the US, Europe, Asia and Mexico. Prior to that, Mr. Lapointe held positions of increasing responsibility at Raytheon Company, including Vice President of Jet Programs and Vice President of Supply Chain for their Aircraft Division. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Merrimack College.
Arjun “AJ”  Sharma

Senior Vice President, Business Development
Arjun “AJ”  Sharma
Arjun “AJ” Sharma
Senior Vice President, Business Development

AJ Sharma was named Senior Vice President, Business Development in September 2016. Mr. Sharma joined CIRCOR as Vice President, Business Development in September 2009. Mr. Sharma oversees the company’s mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning functions. Prior to CIRCOR, Mr. Sharma served as managing director at Global Equity Partners, a venture capital and strategy consulting firm, where he was responsible for executing equity investments and, leading client engagements on acquisitions, divestitures and growth strategy. Prior to that, he was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Textron Inc., a $13 billion multi-industry company with a global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses where he was responsible for developing the company’s M&A strategy and leading acquisition and divestiture transactions. Prior to Textron, Mr. Sharma held various positions of increasing responsibility at SPX Corporation, a Fortune 500 multi-industry company, culminating in his appointment as Director of Corporate Development. Sharma is a graduate of the six month PLD Program at Harvard Business School and holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from Drexel University and a Bachelor in Commerce from Delhi University.
Joshua Raha

VP, Product Management & Engineering
Joshua Raha
Joshua Raha
VP, Product Management & Engineering

Josh Raha joined CIRCOR as Vice President, Product Management and Engineering in July 2017. He brings over 15 years of leadership experience in product management, engineering and marketing spanning the semiconductor, wireless, automotive, retail fueling, and payment markets. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Raha was Senior Director of Marketing & Product Management at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Danaher/Fortive company. Prior to that he spent over 8 years in senior product management roles at TriQuint Semiconductor. Mr. Raha earned an MBA in International Business at the University of Southern California. He also holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

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