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Michel Potvin, president of Esterline Avionics Systems, announced the promotion of Frank Timmermans to the position of president of Esterline Advanced Displays (EAD) business unit, and the promotion of Mark Saturno to the position of president of the Esterline Simulation Visual Systems business unit.
Timmermans joined Esterline through the acquisition of the aerospace and defense display businesses of Barco N.V. in February 2015, after which he was appointed vice president and general manager of both the Esterline Simulation Visual Systems (SVS) business and the Esterline site in Kortrijk, Belgium.
Previously, Timmermans held various positions at Barco in divisional and operations management as well as sales, strategic marketing and product management for the air traffic control; defense and security; surveillance; virtual and augmented reality; and simulation markets. Before joining Barco, he spent three years with ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) in business development and business unit management.
Timmermans holds a master’s degree in commercial engineering and management information systems, and he earned a master of business administration in international marketing and international management. He has a management degree from the Vlerick School for Management, and he is a graduate of the executive leadership development program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Similar to Timmermans, Saturno joined Esterline through the acquisition of the aerospace and defense display businesses of Barco N.V. in February 2015. He served as the vice president for worldwide sales, simulation visual systems at Barco and remained in that position after the acquisition.
Prior to joining Barco in 2012, Saturno worked at Cubic Defense Applications for nine years where he held the positions of senior director of business operations and senior director of business development.
Previously, Saturno worked for Science Applications International Corporation (Saudi SAI) as a director of business development, contract management, logistics and personnel. He has also worked as a management consultant with KPMG Consulting.
In his new role, Saturno will continue to be based at the Esterline operation in Xenia, Ohio, and he will be the executive accountable for the entire simulation business, which includes the sites in Kortrijk, Belgium, and Xenia, Ohio.
Saturno started his career with the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), where he held the rank of captain and served as a navigator / electronic warfare officer.
He holds a master of business administration from the University of West Florida and a bachelor of science in finance from the University of South Carolina. He also attended several advanced leadership programs at the University of Washington, Santa Clara University, and San Diego State University.