Executive Management


Dan G. Kortie, Chief Executive Officer, LMI Aerospace, Inc.

Daniel G. Korte
Chief Executive Officer
LMI Aerospace, Inc.

Dan Korte is the Chief Executive Officer of LMI Aerospace, Inc.

Prior to joining LMI Aerospace, Dan was President of the Rolls-Royce Defense business responsible for the strategy and performance of the $4 billion global defense aerospace business, encompassing 5,500 employees at operations in 17 countries. The business serves 160 customers in 103 countries with over 18,000 engines in service around the world.

Korte has more than 20 years of experience in design and systems engineering, integrated product team leadership, as well as supplier, procurement and program management experience.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Korte was Vice President and General Manager for Global Strike Systems, a division of the Boeing Military Aircraft business. Korte first joined Boeing in 1985 as an electronics engineer. He held a series of increasingly senior positions to include: V-22 Program Manager and Vice President - Supplier Management & Procurement.

Korte has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and an MBA from Lindenwood University, Missouri. He is also a graduate of the Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Dan is an active member of the community, currently serving on the College of Engineering Industrial Advisory and Foundation boards at SIU Carbondale; and has served on the board of directors for United Way of Greater St Louis, and as a member of the board for the St. Louis University Masters of International Business program.

Clifford Stebe. Mr. Stebe joined the Company as Corporate Controller in June 2010 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since November 2013. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Stebe worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for approximately twelve years. Mr. Stebe has held various positions at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, including serving as a Senior Manager of Assurance and Business Advisory Services during his final four years at the firm. Mr. Stebe is 37 years old, is a licensed CPA, and received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from St. Louis University.

Richard L. (Dick) Johnson. Mr. Johnson joined D3 Technologies as President in November of 2010.
Dick started his engineering career as a Cooperative Education student at Lockheed-Georgia in 1969 while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. Upon graduation he then returned to Lockheed-Georgia as a Structures Engineer until 1981 when he joined Gulfstream as a Technical Specialist. While at Gulfstream he held leadership positions in Structural Design, Production Sustaining and Project Engineering, and participated in the Gulfstream IV, V, 450, and 550 development programs. Dick served as Vice President of Engineering at Gulfstream from 2003 until 2009. During that time he was responsible for engineering development of the G280 and G650 new aircraft programs, as well as sustaining engineering of existing products and service engineering support of legacy aircraft. Dick finished his 30 year career at Gulfstream as Vice President, Chief Scientist responsible for assessing and maintaining overall technical excellence in all programs and technologies.
In addition to serving as an officer of LMI Aerospace, parent company of D3 Technologies, Dick is also a Trustee and Executive Committee member of the World Association for Cooperative Education (WACE), and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Cincinnati School of Aerospace Engineering.

Ed Dickinson. Mr. Dickinson has been the President of Valent Aerostructures since November 2013, prior to that he served as Chief Financial Officer of LMI Aerospace since 1993. He served as a Financial Analyst and Controller of LaBarge, Inc. from 1984 to 1993 and as a Cost Accountant with Monsanto from 1981 to 1984. Mr. Dickinson received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama and received his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in 1994.

Robert Grah. Mr. Grah joined LMI Aerospace in 1984 as Production Control Manager, and has served as Vice President of Operations since December 2002 and effective January 2010 has assumed the role of Chief Operations Officer of the Aerostructures division.   Mr. Grah has held various management positions within the Company, including Purchasing and Contracts Manager, Maintenance Manager, Facilities Manager and General Manager of LMI Finishing, Inc.  Prior to joining LMI Aerospace,  Mr. Grah worked as a supervisor for Associated Transports, Inc. and a manager for Beneficial Finance..

Michael J. Biffignani. Mr. Biffignani has served as the Chief Information Officer of the Company since 1999 and currently is responsible for Information Technology and the Program Management Office (PMO) to support readiness of Design / Build projects.

Cynthia G. Maness.  Ms. Maness was appointed as Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development in 2008.  Ms. Maness joined the Company in 1990 as Human Resources Manager for Leonard’s Metal, Inc. Prior to joining us, Ms. Maness served in human resources management roles for Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage, the City of Ballwin, and Fontbonne College.

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