Executive Biographies

President and Chief Executive Officer
Scott Buckhout

Scott Buckhout joined CIRCOR as President and Chief Executive Officer in 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.

Group President, Industrial
Sumit Mehrotra

Sumit Mehrotra was named Group President, CIRCOR Advanced Flow Solutions in 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 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 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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Andrew Farnsworth
Andrew Farnsworth was named Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in 2016. Mr. Farnsworth joined CIRCOR in 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 and Chief Financial Officer
Abhishek Khandelwal
Abhishek Khandelwal was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2020, bringing nearly two decades of experience managing global finance operations. Prior to CIRCOR, Mr. Khandelwal worked in senior finance roles of increasing responsibility at IDEX, most recently as VP, Corporate Finance and Operations CFO. In that role, he partnered with the COO to shape company-wide strategic direction and drive commercial and operational performance. Prior to IDEX, he held a range of financial leadership positions at Stanley Black & Decker and General Electric. Mr. Khandelwal received a Bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Chief Information Officer

Pete Sattler joined CIRCOR as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in 2020. Previously, Mr. Sattler was Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer for John Wiley & Sons, Inc., an American multinational publishing company focused on academic publishing and instructional materials. Prior to that, he was Vice President and CIO for International Flavors & Fragrances and CIO for industrial products manufacturer SPX Corporation. He began his career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he served in leadership positions in information technology and finance for UTC divisions including Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, Sikorsky Aircraft and the company’s former automotive business. Mr. Sattler holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.

Senior Vice President, Business Development
Arjun “AJ”  Sharma
AJ Sharma was named Senior Vice President, Business Development in 2016. Mr. Sharma joined CIRCOR as Vice President, Business Development in 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.
Vice President, Treasurer
Tanya Dawkins

Tanya Dawkins was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Treasurer in 2018. She previously served as Senior Director, Corporate Treasurer from 2015 to 2018 and Global Treasury Manager from 2001 to 2015. Prior to joining CIRCOR, Ms. Dawkins served as Director of Finance for GenRad Corporation (now part of Teradyne). Ms. Dawkins previously had spent 10 years at Digital Equipment Corporation in a variety of senior finance positions. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in Boston, and is a Certified Treasury Professional.

VP, Product Management
Joshua Raha

Josh Raha joined CIRCOR as Vice President, Product Management in 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.