Vesa Paukkeri, CEO
Vesa Paukkeri is the Chief Executive Officer of CTS Engines in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Paukkeri previously served as President & COO of CTS Engines from 2012 to May 2019. Prior to joining CTS Engines in 2012, Mr. Paukkeri had 10 years at Finnair, where he held various executive positions, including from 2008 to 2012 the VP & COO role at Finnair Engine Services (FES) as well as VP Component Services and VP Sales & Marketing at Finnair Technical Services (FTS). During this period, he managed a major restructuring of the company, increasing FTS’s reputation for quality, great customer service, and competitive turnaround times. Mr. Paukkeri started his aviation career at Finnish Air Forces in 1994 as an assistant technician and after few years study break, he joined Finnish Army Aviation to serve as an Aviation Engineering Officer in various helicopter programs for three years. Mr. Paukkeri holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.
Michael Ray, CFO
Michael Ray joined CTS Engines as the CFO in November 2016. Before that, Mr. Ray was the CFO of ACR Electronics, Inc. and W.S Badcock Corp. Mr. Ray has over 35 years of CFO and senior financial management experience for private equity-backed, privately owned and publicly traded companies. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky.
Tom Bode, Senior VP, Operations
Mr. Bode joined CTS Engines as the Senior Vice President, Operations, in December 2018. Before that, Mr. Bode worked at Pratt & Whitney for eighteen years as the General Manager at their Columbus Engine Center in Columbus, GA. He holds a master of business administration from Xavier University and a BS from the University of Illinois.