WOOD DALE, Illinois, March 11, 2014 – AAR, a leading supplier of products and services to the aerospace/aviation and defense/government industries worldwide, has hired communications and government strategist Kathleen Cantillon as Global Director of Communications and Reputation. Cantillon has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications and government relations, with expertise in transportation.
Cantillon will develop communications strategies for all of AAR’s business segments domestically and abroad, including the Company’s operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. She will report directly to Cheryle R. Jackson, AAR’s Vice President, Government Affairs and Corporate Development.
“Kathleen’s experience in strategically using communications to enhance a company’s reputation and support its business goals will be a tremendous asset to AAR,” said Jackson. “We are especially excited to have someone on board with a mix of transportation and government affairs expertise, which will be critical as AAR expands its global footprint.”
Before joining AAR, Cantillon was Managing Director at ASGK Public Strategies where her transportation clients included Navistar, RTA and CDM Smith. Prior to ASGK, Cantillon served as Director of Communications for Exelon, and ran communications at the Illinois Tollway and Amtrak. She also was a communications executive at Edelman Public Relations.
Cantillon, who lives with her family in Oak Park, is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
AAR (NYSE: AIR), is a global aerospace and defense contractor that employs more than 6,000 people in 17 countries. Based in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR supports commercial, government and defense customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Technology Products. AAR’s services include inventory management and parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and expeditionary airlift. AAR’s products include cargo systems and containers; mobility systems and shelters; advanced aerostructures; and command and control systems. More information can be found at www.aarcorp.com.