BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2015) -  Esterline Corporation ( (NYSE: ESL), a leading global specialty manufacturer primarily serving the aerospace and defense markets, has announced the selection of Charles Johnston to serve as President for the company's Advanced Sensors group of companies, comprised of five manufacturing and aftermarket facilities in France, Mexico, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States, employing approximately 1000 people. 

Curtis Reusser, Esterline's CEO, said, "It's a great pleasure to welcome Charlie Johnston to our Advanced Sensors team. His industry and international experience will be of great value to our business, particularly as we look to assess and improve both our aftermarket penetration and our strength as a top sensor solutions provider."

Johnston brings more than 36 years of extensive international experience in manufacturing, business and aftermarket operations excellence within the commercial and defense aerospace industry. He has worked in many jurisdictions including France, the UK and several US states. Most recently, he worked for GKN Aerospace where he was responsible for program execution across 14 sites including Aerostructures and Engine Systems. Prior to this, he worked for more than 20 years with Rohr, Inc., which became a part of Goodrich and United Technologies Corporation through acquisition. He held several executive positions in the Aerostructures, Sensors and Integrated Systems businesses managing MRO, aftermarket and programs. Early in his career, he also worked for BAE and Airbus. Johnston is an MBA graduate from the University of the West of Scotland.

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 $2 billion, Esterline employs roughly 13,000 people worldwide.

Operations within the Advanced Materials segment 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, cockpit integration systems, 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, specialized harsh-environment connectors, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers.