New director for Washington’s aerospace office

Image: 787 jet flies over Mount Rainier

A Boeing 787 jet flies over Mount Rainier. (Credit: Boeing)

Longtime engineering executive John Thornquist has been chosen to head up Washington state’s Office of Aerospace, just as the state’s $70 billion-plus industry sector is heading into a time of transition.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the selection today, and Thornquist takes over the director’s reins on Tuesday.

Thornquist was managing director, CEO and co-founder of Carbon Aerospace, an Everett-based consulting firm specializing in carbon composite structures. Before his time at Carbon, he was a co-founder of Global Aerosystems in Everett, which later became Kaman Engineering Services.

Under Thornquist’s leadership, Kaman earnedBoeing supplier of the year honors in 2013.

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