NextGen Global Executive Search
Exceeding Expectations.

VP / GM for mid – large tier 1 aerospace / space systems manufacturers managing up to 600 direct reports with $300m P&L. Consistently recognized for recovering cost / schedule of troubled programs. Excellent industry movers and shakers references

Craig Hufford
Presented By: Craig Hufford

Candidate Title



Aerospace & Aviation

Accomplishments and Career Highlights

Early in career USAF for 20 years that prepared him well to deal with different personalities especially engineers. What motivates them and who they are and how they operate.

Currently leads an organization of 435 plus 200 geographically separated engineers generating more than $150M annual revenue. Responsible for manned and unmanned space programs including Electric / Chemical Propulsion solutions.

Has consistently reduced cost by 50%. Led recovery of five multi-year, overdue loss contracts leading to the launch of multiple spacecraft. Implemented cost saving MRP, master schedule, online assembly and test processing, and bar coding resulting in improved on time deliver from 0% to greater than 96%. Championed lean initiatives including three new single piece flow cells and space optimization.

Prior as VP for tier one space program contractor, developed new revenue streams and product lines; grew profitability 4% in first two years. Exceeded combined $82M sales target

P&L, Budgets, or Sales Performance

Has 180 direct reports in operations P&L for $160M in aerospace with additional. $10m for defense business. 10% profit with return on sales 11%.

Relevant Skills and Experiences

Has lived all over the world. He is visionary in where he can take the business and in how to add value to the customer. Very technically savvy. Familiar with the 360 process. One of his skills is that he can track multiple programs and customers simultaneously.

Depth of Industry Contacts & Relationships

Has significant DoD and international C-level relationships in aerospace including Foreign Military plus North American based manufacturers and aviation companies.

Education and Certifications

MBA and BS Accounting and Management. Certified in Life Cycle Value Stream Management (LCVSM) and Six Sigma Greenbelt

Type of Opportunity Open to:

C-Level where he can set strategy, drive growth, ensure customer satisfaction, and increase stakeholder value while leveraging operations experience, team building, and a strong background of successful program execution, growth, and business development expertise.

Location Current & Preferred

Seattle area- mo relo; will telecommute

Compensation Desired

$450k between base and bonus.; $130k vested in stock options

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