David C. Adams

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David C. Adams, Chairman

David C. Adams was named Executive Chairman of the Board of Curtiss-Wright Corporation on January 1, 2021. He has served as Chairman since January 2015 and a member of the Board since August 2013.  Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from August 2013 until his retirement from that position in January 2021.


Mr. Adams served as Chief Operating Officer from 2012 with responsibility for expanding global opportunities for the Company's diversified business operations and products – overseeing the Company's three former operating segments – Flow Control, Controls and Surface Technologies. Mr. Adams previously served as Co-Chief Operating Officer since 2008, with responsibility for all aspects of the Controls and Surface Technologies segments' strategic goals, technology development, global operations and financial performance. Prior to that, he was President of Curtiss-Wright Controls, the Motion Control Segment of the Corporation, since 2005. In this role, he led global strategy including fostering internal innovation, developing cross-market applications and acquiring pioneering technologies to achieve their full potential in high-performance markets. Mr. Adams has nearly 40 years of experience in the aerospace, defense and electronics technology markets.


Mr. Adams' leadership and operational experience as a member of the Curtiss-Wright executive team included the evolution of the One Curtiss-Wright vision, achievement of top-quartile financial metrics, and focus on a balanced capital allocation strategy including returns to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends and integration of numerous acquisitions to drive significant stakeholder value.