Bob Ellithorpe, Chief Executive Officer
Robert (“Bob”) N. Ellithorpe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribus Aerospace LLC. Mr. Ellithorpe has over 30 years of experience in general management, program management and operations at multiple aerospace & defense companies.
Prior to joining Tribus, he held a leadership role at GKN Aerospace where he was the Vice President, Program Management and Commercial for GKN’s Aerostructures North America division from 2015-2018 with a focus on key customers across the commercial and military aerospace market segments.
Bob was a President and General Manager of Aerospace Dynamics International and Fatigue Technology Inc. within Precision Castparts Corporation (PCC) from 2012-2015. While in these roles, he led the integration and growth of both companies. Before joining PCC, Bob held several general management and program management positions at Sikorsky Aircraft, where he managed Composite Technology Inc for Sikorsky as the President and General Manager. Bob started his aerospace career at Bell Helicopter from 1999-2009, and his program management leadership responsibilities included the V-22 Osprey, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH-70A) and Deepwater TR-911 programs.
Bob’s professional career started in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a former United States Marine Corps infantry officer, having served from 1986-1999 and retiring from his last position at U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in the Pentagon where he served in support of several flag officers. While on active duty Bob served as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer and Company Commander with the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions. Bob also served as a leadership instructor at the Marine Corps’ Basic Officer Course.
Bob earned a B.S. from Texas A&M University, an M.A. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. Bob also completed an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations while serving on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Simon Farhi, Co-Chairman
Mr. Farhi has 14 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and venture capital.
Prior to joining Tribus Aerospace, Mr. Farhi was a senior vice president at Seabury Capital. He was responsible for sourcing and executing buy side and sell side mergers and acquisitions for aerospace and defense companies.
Mr. Farhi's aerospace and defense transaction experience includes the sale of Coleman Aerospace by L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) to Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE:AJRD); the sale of Amerijet, a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital to ZS Fund; the sale of SafeView to L3 Technologies (NYSE:LLL) and a debt financing for Hawk Corp., which was later acquired by Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE:CSL).
In addition, Mr. Farhi has worked closely with companies involved in precision machining, highly engineered aircraft components, engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), rotorcraft MRO and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
He previously worked in private equity and venture capital at Vintage Investment Partners. He also held investment banking positions at Ladenburg Thalmann, C.E. Unterberg, Towbin (which was acquired by Collins Stewart) and Jefferies & Company.
Mr. Farhi holds a B.A. from Columbia University.
C. Scott Shedd, Co-Chairman
Mr. Shedd has more than 25 years of private equity, investment banking, management and consulting experience, in areas including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity capital markets, private placements and buy side origination.
Within aerospace-focused private equity, he has worked with Rosewood Private Investments, Capital Southwest and Blackland Group, LLC, originating investments in companies that include Novaria Group, Kessington, Prikos & Becker and Lewis Machine Company.
Within investment banking, Mr. Shedd has worked with Seabury Securities LLC, providing investment banking services to aerospace component manufacturers. He was also a vice president at Jefferies & Company where he both founded and managed the Private Equity Placements Group and worked within the Financial Sponsors Group.
His earlier experience includes management and technology consulting roles at Trading Technologies, Widepoint Corporation, IBM and Accenture. Mr. Shedd also served as an infantry officer in the Indiana National Guard.
He holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in computer science from Indiana University.