AERION APPOINTS TOM VICE AS PRESIDENT AND COO

Aerion, the leader in supersonic flight, has named Tom Vice, the former president of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems sector, as Aerion’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He will play a leading role in the development of the company’s AS2 supersonic business jet.

“We are immensely pleased to attract someone of Tom’s accomplishments and experience. He is a visionary and inspiring leader, with relentless discipline and long-term focus,” said Aerion Executive Chairman and CEO Brian Barents, to whom Vice will report. “He strengthens our impressive team as we transition from a focus on advanced design to a program development and production orientation.” “This appointment is further evidence that Aerion is gathering momentum and attracting the industry’s top talent,” noted Aerion Chairman Robert Bass. Aerion last month announced that former Gulfstream President Bryan Moss had joined the Aerion board of directors.

Vice will be responsible for all aspects of Aerion’s AS2 design, development, certification, and customer delivery. As head of Northrop Grumman’s Aerospace Systems, Vice (55) oversaw an $11 billion global advanced technology business with 23,000 employees. That organization is a pioneer in space-based observatories, satellites, fully-autonomous intelligent systems, combat aircraft, high-powered lasers, and microelectronics. Vice retired from that position in 2017.

With 30 years at the aerospace company, he has led nearly every aspect of the business: engineering, program management, advanced programs and technology, manufacturing and operations, supply chain management, business development, and information technology.