Executive Biographies

President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Buckhout

Scott Buckhout joined CIRCOR as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2013. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Buckhout served in a number of senior level positions at United Technology Corporation (UTC) from 2007 to 2012, including President of UTC Fire & Security, President of Global Fire Products and President, Systems and Firefighting.  Prior to UTC, Mr. Buckhout held a number of senior roles at Honeywell International Corporation in the Consumer Products and Friction Materials divisions.  He spent five years in Europe for UTC and Honeywell, including as Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products Group, Honeywell EMEA and Vice President and General Manager, Honeywell Friction Materials – Europe.  He also previously worked in general management and strategy consulting roles at Booz Allen & Hamilton and The Boeing Company.  Mr. Buckhout earned a Master of Business Administration in Operations & Finance from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Rajeev Bhalla
Rajeev Bhalla joined CIRCOR as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2013. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Bhalla served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation since May 2012. He joined Sikorsky from United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney division where he had served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2005 and was responsible for all financial operations worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Bhalla served as Vice President and Corporate Controller for Lockheed Martin Corporation and as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving large multinational, technology and middle-market clients in a variety of industries. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration - Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Group President, Industrial
Sumit Mehrotra

Sumit Mehrotra was named Group President, CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions in October 2016. Mr. Mehrotra joined CIRCOR in 2013 as Vice President, Global Supply Chain, where he was responsible for developing the global supply chain function for CIRCOR, which includes Material Planning, Strategic Sourcing, Purchasing and Logistics. In 2015, was promoted as Senior Vice President Supply Chain and Product Management when he took additional responsibilities for the corporate Engineering and Product Management functions. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Mehrotra spent 12 years with Honeywell Aerospace in various functions from Engineering to Integrated Supply Chain. In his last assignment at Honeywell he was responsible for the development and execution of global sourcing transformation strategies for multi-billion-dollar annual material spend.

He holds an MBA from Arizona State University, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering degree from Punjab Engineering College, India.

Group President, Aerospace & Defense
Tony Najjar

Tony Najjar was named Group President, Aerospace & Defense in February 2018. Mr. Najjar joined CIRCOR in 2015 as Group Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was most recently Vice President and General Manager of CIRCOR Aerospace. He has spent nearly 30 years in the Aerospace & Defense industry, serving in engineering, sales, and general management roles. Before joining CIRCOR, Mr. Najjar held a number of leadership roles at Rockwell Collins and Kaiser Aerospace. He earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University in California. He is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt and a certified Lean Master.

Group President, Energy
Lane Walker
Lane Walker was appointed President, CIRCOR Energy Group in June 2018. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Walker served in a number of senior leadership roles for Schlumberger, including most recently President, Testing Services based in Clamart, France, where he managed Schlumberger’s downhole and surface testing business.  Prior to joining Schlumberger, Mr. Walker served as President, Production Systems at OneSubsea, a Schlumberger Company, and in several senior management positions at Cameron International, which was subsequently acquired by Schlumberger.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
President – India
Varun Vijay Rao
Varun Vijay Rao joined CIRCOR as President – India in February 2018. He is responsible for driving growth and strategy in the region and is a key member of the CIRCOR leadership team. Prior to joining CIRCOR, he served as Managing Director at Actuant India and at ArvinMeritor. His career includes positions with several global firms, including Cummins. Mr. Rao has served in management roles in areas such as product and global marketing management, corporate development and strategy (with an emphasis on emerging markets) in the US and India. He also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, business development, operations, technology creation, shared service centers and supply chains. Mr. Rao earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Physics from Elon College and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.
Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller
David Mullen
David Mullen was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance in July 2018, bringing more than 20 years of financial management experience and technical accounting expertise. In addition to overseeing the Company’s Financial Planning & Analysis function, he supports Investor Relations and strategic activities. Mr. Mullen joined CIRCOR in April 2015 as Vice President for Finance Operations and in September 2015 was named Vice President, Finance and Corporate Controller. Prior to CIRCOR, he served in a number of senior finance positions at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Mr. Mullen, who began his career as an auditor with Deloitte and Touche, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Andrew Farnsworth
Andrew Farnsworth was named Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2016. Mr. Farnsworth joined CIRCOR in June 2015 as Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Farnsworth was the Group HR Director of Unibail-Rodamco based in Paris, France. He previously served as International HR Director for Brocade Communications, Group HR Director at Temenos and Emerging Markets HR Director for HP/Compaq covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before that, Mr Farnsworth held a variety of senior operations and finance positions at Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation in Europe and the United States. He holds a BA in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Senior Vice President, Global Operations
James Lapointe
James Lapointe was named Senior Vice President, Global Operations in September 2016. Mr. Lapointe joined CIRCOR in March 2015 as Vice President for Global Operations. In this position, Mr. Lapointe is responsible for leading operations strategy and continuous improvement for all of the Operations Organizations at CIRCOR International. Mr. Lapointe joins the CIRCOR Team with over 30 years of experience in Operations and Supply Chain. Previous to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Lapointe served as Senior Vice President of Operations at DRS Technologies, Defense Systems and Services, a high technology defense and intelligence company with 7 manufacturing sites in North America, joining DRS in 2009. Prior to DRS he served as Vice President for Global Supply Chain at Hamilton Sundstrand, a Division of United Technologies Corporation, where from 2002 he was responsible for worldwide supply chain operations with established sourcing offices in the US, Europe, Asia and Mexico. Prior to that, Mr. Lapointe held positions of increasing responsibility at Raytheon Company, including Vice President of Jet Programs and Vice President of Supply Chain for their Aircraft Division. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Merrimack College.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Arjun “AJ”  Sharma
AJ Sharma was named Senior Vice President, Business Development in September 2016. Mr. Sharma joined CIRCOR as Vice President, Business Development in September 2009. Mr. Sharma oversees the company’s mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning functions. Prior to CIRCOR, Mr. Sharma served as managing director at Global Equity Partners, a venture capital and strategy consulting firm, where he was responsible for executing equity investments and, leading client engagements on acquisitions, divestitures and growth strategy. Prior to that, he was Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Textron Inc., a $13 billion multi-industry company with a global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses where he was responsible for developing the company’s M&A strategy and leading acquisition and divestiture transactions. Prior to Textron, Mr. Sharma held various positions of increasing responsibility at SPX Corporation, a Fortune 500 multi-industry company, culminating in his appointment as Director of Corporate Development. Sharma is a graduate of the six month PLD Program at Harvard Business School and holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from Drexel University and a Bachelor in Commerce from Delhi University.
VP, Product Management
Joshua Raha

Josh Raha joined CIRCOR as Vice President, Product Management in July 2017. He brings over 15 years of leadership experience in product management, engineering and marketing spanning the semiconductor, wireless, automotive, retail fueling, and payment markets. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Mr. Raha was Senior Director of Marketing & Product Management at Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Danaher/Fortive company. Prior to that he spent over 8 years in senior product management roles at TriQuint Semiconductor. Mr. Raha earned an MBA in International Business at the University of Southern California. He also holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.