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Fairbanks Morse Defense Names Robert Starr Chief Financial Officer

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BELOIT, Wis., October 19, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD), an Arcline Investment Management portfolio company, announced that Robert Starr is joining the executive team as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role, he will lead the corporate finance team and oversee all financial reporting for the company.

"Rob’s background working with commercial and military customers makes him a great fit for the Fairbanks Morse Defense team," said George Whittier, CEO of FMD. "His ability to manage the finances of large companies as they go through periods of robust growth and transformation will be critical to our future success as he offers unique insight into the challenges and opportunities associated with expanding FMD’s capabilities and geographic presence. We know he will be a valuable asset to our team."

Before joining FMD, Starr spent more than a decade as part of the leadership team for Kaman Corporation, a leading provider to commercial and military aerospace customers. He served in the roles of Executive Vice President and CFO, as well as Vice President and Treasurer. Starr has also served in numerous finance-adjacent roles throughout his career, including Assistant Treasurer at Crane Co. of Stamford, Connecticut; Managing Director of Corporate Finance at Aetna, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut; and Director of Capital Markets and Risk Management at Fisher Scientific International, Inc. of Hampton, New Hampshire.

Starr earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.

About Fairbanks Morse Defense

Fairbanks Morse Defense (FMD) is the leading provider of the highest value equipment for naval defense customers. For more than 100 years, FMD has been a principal supplier of reliable power systems, parts, and aftermarket services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, and the Canadian Coast Guard. Through its six strategically located service centers and a robust aftermarket team, FMD is able to provide round-the-clock field service and parts support. Additionally, its suite of full lifecycle solutions extends asset life and enables it to run more efficiently. With a growing portfolio of companies under the FMD brand, the company continues to integrate these mission-critical products and innovative service solutions to power marine defense. FMD, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, is based in Beloit, Wisconsin.

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