TriMas announced the appointment of Vitaliy Rusakov as president of TriMas Aerospace, effective November 13, 2023. He will report directly to TriMas president and CEO, Thomas Amato.
Rusakov is a proven aerospace industry veteran, with more than 25 years of experience leading global manufacturing businesses in the aerospace, commercial transportation, and related sectors. In his most recent role, he worked at Howmet Aerospace, formerly a division of Arconic and Alcoa, where he served as president of Howmet’s Fastening Systems business.
Prior to this role, he held the position of COO of Engineered Products and Solutions Group at Arconic, where he was responsible for managing the global operations of fasteners, forgings, extrusions, and other components, for both aerospace and commercial customers worldwide.
Rusakov also held multiple operational and leadership roles of increasing responsibility during his tenure at Alcoa, focused on operational excellence and Lean manufacturing. His career in the fasteners industry began when he joined Fairchild Fasteners’ continuous improvement organization.
“I am very pleased to welcome Vitaliy to the TriMas leadership team, as our new President of TriMas Aerospace,” said Amato. “He has incredible experience and a remarkable track record of fostering growth and enhancing performance within the aerospace industry. We believe Vitaliy’s background will be instrumental in propelling the growth of TriMas Aerospace.”
In connection with this announcement, William (Bill) Dickey, Interim President of TriMas Aerospace, will begin to assist Rusakov to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Dickey will then return to his position as TriMas VP of Special Projects, a key role within TriMas which he has held since August 2021, where he will continue to focus his efforts within TriMas’ aerospace business, and support mergers and acquisitions.
“I would like to personally thank Bill for graciously stepping into this interim role at my request and being part of the selection team,” said Amato. “Within a short period of time, Bill has significantly improved performance, reigniting our commitment to operational excellence under a culture of Kaizen and employee engagement, which will benefit TriMas Aerospace well into the future.”
TriMas Aerospace, TriMas’ second largest reportable segment, is a designer and manufacturer of a diverse range of products, including, but not limited to, highly-engineered fasteners, collars, blind bolts, rivets, ducting, and other highly-engineered machined parts and components, for use in focused markets within the aerospace industry.