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February 8, 2024
AE Industrial Partners’ Chris Emerson Transitions to Senior Partner

Emerson to lead firm’s newly established office in Washington, D.C.

BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AE Industrial Partners, LP (“AEI”), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, National Security, and Industrial Services, announced today that Chris Emerson has transitioned from Operating Partner to Senior Partner. The firm also announced that Emerson will head up a new office in Washington, D.C., projected to open in the 3rd quarter of 2024.

Emerson, who joined AEI in 2022, has more than 25 years of diverse international experience across the defense, space, and commercial aviation markets. He previously served as Chairman & CEO of Airbus U.S. Space & Defense, Inc., where he developed and executed a strategy to grow Airbus’ U.S. space business. He also served as President of Airbus Helicopters, Inc., and was Senior Vice President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft in Toulouse, France.

“Since Chris joined AEI, he has played an integral part in our firm’s development and was most recently instrumental in our affiliate’s acquisition of ‘The Shoals’ facility in Cherokee, Alabama,” said Michael Greene, Co-CEO and Managing Partner at AEI. “We’re excited to leverage Chris’ insight, network, and expertise as a full-time Senior Partner of the firm as we continue to build on our national security portfolio and enhance the operations of our existing portfolio companies.”

Mr. Emerson currently serves on the Board of Directors of AE Industrial portfolio companies The Atlas Group, Belcan, Firefly Aerospace, and York Space Systems. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for HorizonX’s venture investment All.Space.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to working with our outstanding national security team and expanding our presence in Washington as we invest in businesses critical to our country’s defense,” added Emerson.

About AE Industrial Partners

AE Industrial Partners is a private investment firm with $5.4 billion of assets under management focused on highly specialized markets including Aerospace, National Security, and Industrial Services. AE Industrial Partners has completed more than 130 investments in market-leading companies that benefit from its deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and network of relationships across the sectors where the firm invests. With a commitment to driving value creation in partnership with the management teams of its portfolio companies, AE Industrial Partners invests across private equity, venture capital (AEI HorizonX), and aerospace leasing. For more information, please visit


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