David L. Squier is Executive Chairman of Sequa Corporation. Mr. Squier is also a Senior Executive in The Carlyle Group’s U.S. Buyout Group, serving as a consultant and board member for several Carlyle portfolio companies. He is currently Chairman of Dynamic Precision Group and serves on the board of Sequa Corporation, Standard Aero and Forgital Group.
Mr. Squier was formerly President and Executive Chairman of Howmet Corporation, a post he held from April 1992 to October 2000. He was associated with Howmet in a wide range of senior management assignments for more than 20 years. As Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for the operations of an organization with more than $1 billion in annual sales and 29 manufacturing facilities in five countries.
Mr. Squier first joined Howmet in 1971. He served as Plant Manager at the company’s casting units in Hampton, Virginia, and Wichita Falls, Texas, before being named Vice President in charge of Howmet’s refurbishment activities in 1983. He was named Vice President of Product Support Operations in 1984, Senior Vice President of the Product Support Group in 1985, Executive Vice President in 1988, and Chief Operating Officer in 1991. Mr. Squier was a member of the Howmet Board of Directors from 1987 until his retirement in October 2000.
Mr. Squier holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Douglas V. Brandely is a Principal at The Carlyle Group, where he focuses on investments in the aerospace, defense and government services sectors. He is based in Washington, DC.
Since joining Carlyle in 2005, Mr. Brandely has been involved in the execution of Carlyle’s investments in Landmark Aviation, Novetta Solutions, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, Sequa Corporation, StandardAero and Triumph Group. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. Brandely was with Greenhill & Co. in New York.
Mr. Brandely received an MBA with honors from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar, and a BS in commerce with distinction from University of Virginia.
Mr. Brandely is a member of the boards of Novetta Solutions, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, Sequa Corporation and StandardAero.
Thomas K. Churbuck was appointed to the Sequa Corporation Board of Directors in March 2011. He is a Operating Partner of AeroEquity LLC, a firm that invests in the aerospace, energy and defense sectors.
Prior to joining AeroEquity, Churbuck founded Power Systems Manufacturing, LLC, in 1998 and was Chief Executive Officer from inception to its ultimate sale to Alstom in 2007 by Calpine Corporation, as the largest non-Original Equipment Manufacturer of advanced turbine components for several GE and Siemens Industrial Gas Turbine models.
Mr. Churbuck earlier founded Tropic Aviation, a jet engine parts trading business serving the commercial aviation and Aeroderivative Power Generation Industries . From 1992 to 1996, he was President of HydroServ Group, an underwater construction services supplier to the international hydroelectric power market.
Mr. Churbuck served as a member of the U.S. Army Special Operations (Green Berets) from 1981 to 1992. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and the Department of Defense Systems Management College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of BHI Energy, Resolute Industrial, Gryphon Technologies, GS Precision and Compact Container Systems.
Sai S. Devabhaktuni is Executive Chairman of Monocle Acquisition Corporation, which he co-founded in 2018. Prior to Monocle, he was Head of Corporate Distressed Portfolio Management at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO).
Prior to PIMCO, and from 1998 to 2010, he was a Managing Principal at MHR Fund Management LLC. Mr. Devabhaktuni holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated in Finance, Economics & Legal Studies.
Mr. Devabhaktuni has served on the Board of Directors of Loral Space & Communications, Inc. and Applied LNG, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Monocle Acquisition Corporation and Sequa Corporation.
Lisa Disbrow has 32 years of federal civilian and military service in the areas of intelligence, weapons systems requirements; joint warfighting assessments; programming & budgeting; and force planning. She served as the 25th Under Secretary of the Air Force from Jan 2015-July 2017, leading a global organization of more than 660,000 personnel and an annual budget of over $135 billion dollars. Ms. Disbrow was acting Secretary of the Air Force and Secretary of Defense’s Principal DOD Space Advisor from January through May 2017.
Other positions include the Senate-confirmed Financial Management & Comptroller of the Air Force; Vice Director of the Joint Staff J-8 Directorate; Special Advisor for Policy Implementation, National Security Staff, White House; and senior systems engineer at the National Reconnaissance Office. Ms. Disbrow retired in 2008 from the US Air Force as a Colonel with over 23 years of active and part-time reserve duty in operations and signals intelligence; plans, and programming; deployed in Operation Desert Storm/Southern Watch.
Ms. Disbrow currently serves on the Board of Directors of Mercury Systems Inc.; Perspecta; BlackBerry; LMI and the Wounded Warrior Project. She chairs the Mitre Corporation’s Air Force Advisory Board and is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.
Ms. Disbrow holds an MS National Security Strategy, National Defense University; an MA International Affairs, George Washington University; and a BA International Relations, University of Virginia.
Thomas Mepham is Chief Executive Officer of Sequa Corporation. As a senior executive in the aerospace industry, Mr. Mepham has provided leadership across a broad range of sectors in commercial and military product lines and businesses. He has successfully expanded global businesses through organic growth and acquisition, led the green-field development of offshore manufacturing operations, and driven up revenues and profit margins in a variety of product sectors.
Previously Mr. Mepham was Senior Vice President of Power, Controls and Sensing Systems, and President, Sensors and Integrated Systems, at United Technologies. Earlier at Goodrich Corporation he held successive senior leadership assignments over a 15 year period. At Goodrich he held the role of President, Interiors, and earlier was President, Customer Services, and President, Cargo Systems. He joined Goodrich in 1996 as Vice President and General Manager, Sensors. Earlier he held management positions at Rockwell Collins and Honeywell Aerospace.
Mr. Mepham holds both a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa. He is a member of the University of Iowa Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Advisory Board.
Adam J. Palmer is Managing Director focused on investments in the aerospace, defense, technology, and business services sectors globally. He has played an important role in several key investments for The Carlyle Group, including Landmark Aviation, Wesco Aircraft Hardware, Aviall, Avio, United Defense, U.S. Investigations Services, Sequa Corporation, and Vought Aircraft Industries. He is based in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining Carlyle in 1996, Mr. Palmer was with Lehman Brothers in its Technology Corporate Finance Group, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and financings for defense electronics and information services companies.
Mr. Palmer received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in international political economy. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc.; Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corporation; and Sequa Corporation.
Tom Sadler was a Partner at Latham & Watkins LLP a leading global law firm with over 2,000 attorneys and offices in leading financial centers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Over his 32-year career there as a corporate attorney, Mr. Sadler represented investment banks, private equity and venture capital sponsors, corporations, and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of complex leverage finance, investment and merger and acquisition transactions. He also served for five years as Global Department Chair of their Corporate Department with responsibility for corporate department affairs and attorneys in all US and overseas offices.
Mr. Sadler is currently serving as a senior advisor to Bakken Midstream Natural Gas LLC, a value-added developer of natural gas infrastructure in North Dakota. He is also a member of the L.L.M. Advisory Board at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Mr. Sadler received a A.B., English, with Distinction, from Stanford University, studied in the M.A.L.D. program at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and received a J.D. from UCLA.
Stefan Weingartner, a top aerospace industry leader whose career spans more than 30 years, was appointed to the Sequa Board of Directors in 2015.
He joined The Carlyle Group as Operating Executive for Aerospace, Defense & Government Services in 2015 and – beside Sequa, serves at the Board of Directors of StandardAero, Scottsdale, AZ and the Strategic Advisory Board of Forgital, Italy.
Throughout his career Mr. Weingartner has transformed aircraft engine and systems businesses into high performance market leaders. Prior to his appointment at Carlyle and Sequa, he was President of MTU Maintenance, a leadership role he held for eight years. He was instrumental in leading the organization to profitable growth, in addition to other significant business and technical achievements. During this time, he also was a member of the Executive Board of MTU Aero Engines AG, an MDAX-listed (MTX) company.
Earlier, Mr. Weingartner held the role of Senior Vice President, Defense Programs, at MTU Aero Engines GmbH. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director for MTU Turbomeca Rolls-Royce GmbH. Mr. Weingartner previously was President and Managing Director at EADS Japan Co. Ltd. (now Airbus Group) and held leadership roles with other aerospace companies including Daimler Chrysler Aerospace in Japan.
Mr. Weingartner holds a Master’s in Physics from the Munich Technical University, a Master of Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, and a Doctorate in Engineering from the Munich Technical University. He is a past Board member of the German Aerospace Industries Association and American Chamber of Commerce in Germany.
Eric J. Zahler is President and Chief Executive Officer of Monocle Acquisition Corp, having served in this role since August 2018, and previously served as Managing Director of Sagamore Capital Group LLC, a private equity firm pursuing investments in the aerospace/defense, industrial electronics and selected business service markets from 2008 to 2018.
From February 2000 to November 2007, Mr. Zahler was President and Chief Operating Officer of Loral Space & Communications Inc., a global satellite communications services provider and a manufacturer of commercial satellites. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Zahler held varying senior-level management positions at Loral and its predecessor companies.
Mr. Zahler was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP for seventeen years and where he was elected Partner in 1983. Mr. Zahler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Zahler is a member of the Board of Directors of Maxar Technologies, Inc.; exactEarth Ltd.; Monocle Acquisition Corporation; and Sequa Corporation.