BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - May 24, 2011) - Esterline Corporation, (NYSE: ESL) (, a leading specialty manufacturer serving the aerospace and defense markets, today announced it has hired 25-year aerospace industry veteran James Brandt to head Esterline's Defense Technologies business platform, which includes six manufacturing facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Brandt spent nearly 20 years with Lockheed Martin in a variety of leadership roles, including president of one of the company's subsidiary units, and program manager on such high profile programs as the F-22 Raptor and C-130J Hercules. He also was responsible for $150 million in annual revenues as general manager for a group of Lockheed companies providing service support to the aeronautics business sector. In 2006, Brandt accepted a position as President & CEO of Terma North America, a newly created offshoot of the Denmark-based aerospace and defense supplier, Terma Corporation. While there, he was responsible for establishing the company's infrastructure and expanding Terma's U.S. market presence. His efforts contributed to an increase in orders and revenue by over 30% year over year for four years running. His expertise also extends to process control and Lean philosophies, defense procurement, contracting and security requirements, and product design and development.

Esterline CEO Brad Lawrence said, "Jim has spent the last decade in executive management positions leading large, complex organizations with many different products and customers, much like Esterline. His skill set and talent for leadership aligns perfectly with our organizational structure, culture and end markets, so we are excited to have him join our team."

Brandt began his career in the U.S. Navy as an avionics and electronics technician deployed on the aircraft carriers USS Kittyhawk and USS Eisenhower. He has an MBA in finance from National University in southern California and completed three levels of the Lockheed Martin Executive Assessment and Development Program. In addition, he is a member of the U.S. Air Force Logistics Officers Association, an alumnus of Defense Acquisition University, and is certified in Six Sigma / Lean processes and techniques.

Brandt takes over for long-time Esterline employee Bob Harris who retired earlier this year after 15 years with the company. Esterline's Defense Technologies platform specializes in the manufacture of expendable countermeasure products and combustible ordnance for air and shipboard military applications.

About Esterline:
Esterline Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Advanced Materials, Avionics & Controls and Sensors & Systems. With annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion, Esterline employs more than 9,000 people, including 1,500 engineers, worldwide. Operations within the Advanced Materials segment, which includes the Defense Technologies platform, focus on technologies including high-temperature-resistant materials and components used for a wide range of military and commercial aerospace purposes, and combustible ordnance and electronic warfare countermeasure products. Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on technology interface systems for commercial and military aircraft and similar devices for land- and sea-based military vehicles, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment, and other high-end industrial applications. The Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers.