Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Peter Cannito was named Redwire’s CEO in June 2020. Prior to his current role, Mr. Cannito served as the CEO of Polaris Alpha from October 2016 until December 2018, a high-tech solutions provider developing systems for the DoD and Intelligence Community. Prior to that, Mr. Cannito previously held executive roles, including CEO and COO, at EOIR Technologies and he led a team of software and systems engineers at Booz Allen Hamilton focused on critical defense and intelligence programs. Mr. Cannito has been an operating partner with AEI Industrial from August 2019 to present. Mr. Cannito received a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Delaware, an MBA from the University of Maryland, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Les Daniels has been an Operating Partner at AE Industrial Partners, LLC since October 2017. Mr. Daniels currently sits on the boards of AE Industrial’s portfolio company, Moeller, as well as GAMCO Investors, Inc. (GBL) and CSAT Solutions. Mr. Daniels also serves on The Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation (ACTPN) as a presidential appointee. Mr. Daniels was a founding partner of CAI Managers & Co., L.P., a private equity firm located in New York City, where he served from 1989 to 2014. Prior to CAI Managers, Mr. Daniels served as President of Burdge, Daniels & Co., Inc., a company engaged as a principal in venture capital and buyout investments and trading of private placement securities. Mr. Daniels also served as Senior Vice President of Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Co., where he was responsible for its corporate fixed-income sales and trading departments. Mr. Daniels earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham University.
Dr. Brothers has served on our Board since September 2021 and served on the board of Holdings from March 2020 until our Business Combination in September 2021. Dr. Brothers has served as Operating Partner of AE Industrial since October of 2022 and was CEO of BigBear.ai (NYSE:BBAI) from June 2020 to October 2022. Previously, Dr. Brothers served as Chief Technology Officer at Peraton Corporation from January 2018 to June 2020 and as Principal at The Chertoff Group from January 2017 to January 2018. From April 2014 to February 2017, Dr. Brothers served as the Under Secretary for Science and Technologyat the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Brothers received an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kirk Konert has served with AE Industrial Partners, LLC, as a Partner since October 2019 and as a Principal starting in August 2014. Previously, Mr. Konert was a Senior Associate at Sun Capital Partners from July 2011 to July 2014. Mr. Konert earned his undergraduate degree from Davidson College.
Jonathan E. Baliff
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Baliff has been a leader in the aerospace, energy and infrastructure sectors for over 25 years as both a public company senior executive and investment and commercial banker. Mr. Baliff has served on the Redwire Board of Directors and as Chair of the Audit Committee since September 2021. Mr. Baliff also serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc (NYSE: TCBI). Most recently, Mr. Baliff was the President of Genesis Park Acquisition Corporation, the special purpose acquisition corporation that merged with Redwire.
Previously Mr. Baliff served as Chief Executive Officer of Bristow Group (NYSE: BRS), the world’s largest commercial helicopter and industrial aviation company serving the energy and government sectors. He served as Bristow’s Chief Financial Officer from 2010 to 2014 until his appointment to Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Bristow Group in 2010, Mr. Baliff was the Executive Vice President for Strategy at NRG Energy, where he led the development and implementation of NRG’s overall strategy. Before joining NRG in 2008, Mr. Baliff was a Managing Director in Credit Suisse’s Global Energy Group, where he advised energy infrastructure companies on over $50 billion in merger and acquisition assignments and project and corporate financings starting in 1997. Mr. Baliff started his business career with J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resource Group in 1995 after nearly a decade flying F-4 Phantom fighter aircraft in the US Air Force including the first combat missions during the first Gulf War. Mr. Baliff will continue to serve as a director of Redwire.
John S. Bolton
John S. Bolton has acted as an Advisor to GPAC since November 2020. Mr. Bolton has over 30 years of industry executive experience, including seven years as President of Honeywell’s (NYSE:HON) Aerospace Air Transport & Regional business, a $4.7 billion revenue per year global business enterprise that provides original equipment and aftermarket products and services to the aviation segments. He also spent three years as Vice President leading Honeywell’s Aftermarket for the Business & General Aviation Strategic Business Unit, where he leveraged extensive cross-functional, product and customer experience to provide strategic and tactical leadership to this $1.2 billion business. Mr. Bolton is currently the Owner and President of Blu Sky Edge Corp, an aviation commercial propulsion engine leasing and product sales company. Mr. Bolton holds a Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University in New York and an MBA from Duke University.
Mr. Kornblatt is a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Universal Stainless & Alloy Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: USAP) and brings decades of experience as a public company executive, including employment as the chief financial officer of public aerospace supplier Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE: TGI), as well as employment as the chief financial officer of each of specialty metals producer Carpenter Technology Corporation (NSYE: CRS) and air conditioning manufacturer York International Corporation (previously trading under the ticker symbol “YRK”).
Michael Bevacqua currently serves as a Managing Director at Bain Capital, LP ("Bain Capital"). Mr. Bevacqua joined Bain Capital in 1999 and, prior to his current role, was responsible for investments in the Automotive, Building Products, Transportation, Equipment Rental, Waste Services and Aerospace & Defense sectors. Mr. Bevacqua also served as a director and member of the compensation committee of Skyline Champion Corporation (NSDQ:SKY) from 2018 to 2019. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Mr. Bevacqua served in various roles of increasing responsibility at First Union Capital Markets and NationsBanc Capital Markets. He was also an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Bevacqua received a Master of Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Ithaca College.