July 31, 2018
Tribus Aerospace adds Bob Ellithorpe as Chief Executive Officer



Tribus Aerospace LLC (“Tribus”) is pleased to announce that Robert (“Bob”) N. Ellithorpe has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and director of Tribus.  Mr. Ellithorpe has over 30 years of experience in general management, program management, and operations at multiple aerospace and defense companies.


Bob joins Tribus following his leadership role at GKN Aerospace, where he was Vice President, Program Management and Commercial for Aerostructures North America from 2015-2018.  From 2012-2015, he was employed by Precision Castparts Corporation (“PCC”) serving as President and General Manager of the Aerospace Dynamics International and Fatigue Technology Inc. divisions.  Before PCC, Bob held several general management and program management positions at Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopter.  At Bell Helicopter, his program management leadership responsibilities included the V-22 Osprey, Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and Deepwater programs.  Bob is a retired United States Marine Corps infantry officer, having served from 1986-1999 and retiring from his final post at U.S. Marine Corps headquarters in the Pentagon.  He earned degrees from Texas A&M University (B.S.), Georgetown University (M.A.), the University of Dallas (M.B.A.) and completed an International Affairs Fellowship with the Council on Foreign Relations.


“We are excited to welcome Bob to Tribus.  His operational expertise will enable Tribus to enhance the operating principles and procedures applied across our business units.  Operational excellence is core to Tribus’ mission to deliver best-in-class performance,” said Simon Farhi, Co-Chairman of the Tribus Board of Directors.


“Bob’s operational background will help Tribus drive organic growth opportunities and integrate future acquisitions, while his commercial experience will support our efforts to develop strategic customer relationships,” said Scott Shedd, Co-Chairman of the Tribus Board of Directors.


“Bob’s unique leadership style and management experience translates well from the manufacturing floor to the board room.  We are thrilled to have Bob join the Tribus team,” said Doug Knoch, Managing Director of Shorehill Capital.


About Tribus

Tribus Aerospace is an aerospace and defense precision machining company.  The company produces components and assemblies that power, propel and control aircraft, specifically for turbine engines, (augmentors, fuel nozzles, housings, and shafts), motion control applications (actuators, bearings, gears, and gear boxes) and flow control applications (valves, manifolds, pumps, and tubing assemblies).  The operations of Tribus Aerospace include Precision Aerospace Corp., Precision Micro Mill and Advanced Machining & Tooling.


Tribus Aerospace seeks to acquire aerospace and defense-focused precision machining companies and is interested in acquisition opportunities presented by business owners, management or M&A intermediaries.  Please contact Scott Shedd, Simon Farhi, Bob Ellithorpe or Doug Knoch regarding acquisition opportunities.


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About Shorehill Capital
Shorehill Capital is a Chicago-based private equity firm focused on making control equity investments in North American engineered industrial product, industrial service and value-added distribution companies with enterprise values up to $150 million. Shorehill seeks opportunities where its experience, network and investment management approach can have a significant impact on investment performance.  The Shorehill partners have a track record spanning nearly 30 years helping middle market companies achieve increased growth and improved operational performance through a structured investment management plan. For additional information, please visit

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