Crane Appoints Presidents of Aerospace and Electronics Groups

LYNNWOOD, Wash. April 04, 2012 – Crane Co. (NYSE:CR) has announced the appointment of Robert (Bob) Tavares as President of the Electronics Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics, and David Bender as President of the Aerospace Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Crane Aerospace & Electronics is one of five segments of Crane Co., a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products with $2.5 billion in sales. Previously, Bender was president of both the Aerospace Group and the Electronics Group.

As President of the Electronics Group, Tavares’ responsibilities will include operations of Electronics Group sites and product solutions, including power, microwave and microelectronics. He will be located in Redmond, Washington. Before joining Crane, Tavares was president of e2V, a leading global provider of technology solutions for high performance systems. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the Microwave Solutions for Crane Aerospace & Electronics. His background includes extensive experience in the Microwave and Defense Industries in many senior roles from engineering to general management.

As president of the Aerospace Group, Bender will be located in Lynnwood, Washington and is responsible for Aerospace Group site operations and product solutions, which include Fluid Management, Landing Systems, Cabin Systems, and Sensing & Utility Systems. Bender joined Crane in January 2006 as President of the Electronics Group of Crane Aerospace & Electronics. Before joining Crane, Bender spent over 24 years with Aerojet General Corporation in progressively expanding roles and responsibilities in general management, after starting his career in engineering.

Crane Aerospace & Electronics is a major supplier of systems and components for critical aerospace and defense applications. These systems and components are designed for some of the toughest environments -- from engines to landing gear; satellites to medical implants; and missiles to unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Product and service offerings are organized in solution sets, and include Cabin Systems, Fluid Management, Landing Systems, Microelectronics, Microwave, Power, and Sensing & Utility Systems. Products are manufactured under the brand names ELDEC, Hydro-Aire, Interpoint, Keltec, Lear Romec, Merrimac, P.L. Porter and Signal Technology. For more information on Crane Aerospace & Electronics, visit or, and for Crane Co., visit