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Wesco Aircraft Appoints David J. Castagnola President and Chief Executive Officer

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Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:WAIR) , a leading provider of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry, today announced that its board of directors has appointed David J. Castagnola as president and chief executive officer, effective May 4, 2015. Mr. Castagnola will succeed Hal Weinstein, who has served as interim chief executive officer since December 2014 and who will retire after a transition period. Castagnola also was appointed to the board of directors as a Class I director, with an initial term expiring at the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.

Randy Snyder, chairman of the board, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dave to Wesco Aircraft. He brings a distinguished career in aerospace and defense with more than 35 years of experience, including 32 years at UTC Aerospace Systems and its predecessor companies, and deep senior-level relationships across the industry. Dave is a results-oriented professional who knows how to build and lead high-performance teams to achieve results, bringing together talent from both inside and outside the enterprise around a common mission. His successful experience with merging and integrating the disparate landing gear and wheels and brakes units within UTC Aerospace, while delivering robust financial results, demonstrates Dave’s proven leadership capabilities. He is a strategic thinker with a strong operations background and a wealth of experience in planning, process improvement and consistent execution.”

Dave Castagnola said, “I am excited to be joining Wesco Aircraft – a company with a proud history, great people, and outstanding relationships with customers and suppliers. I’m looking forward to building on this heritage as we drive the company forward. I plan to bring a meticulous approach to planning and execution, with a close examination of our strengths and weaknesses, while working with the management team to develop a culture of continuous improvement through the deployment of Lean strategies. At the same time, we will remain dedicated to providing superior service to our customers – a hallmark of Wesco’s success. I believe Wesco Aircraft has an incredibly bright future and I’m looking forward to engaging with the team.”

Mr. Castagnola is currently President, Landing Systems at UTC Aerospace Systems (UTC Aerospace), one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products and a division of United Technologies Corp. Mr. Castagnola led the successful integration of the landing gear and wheels and brakes businesses within UTC Aerospace to form Landing Systems, driving one culture for the combined unit, aligning goals, initiatives and improvement targets. Mr. Castagnola joined UTC Aerospace through the acquisition of Goodrich Corporation in 2012. Mr. Castagnola has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology, with an emphasis in Manufacturing Technology, from San Diego State University.

About Wesco Aircraft

Wesco Aircraft is one of the world’s largest distributors and providers of comprehensive supply chain management services to the global aerospace industry. The company’s services range from traditional distribution to the management of supplier relationships, quality assurance, kitting, just-in-time delivery and point-of-use inventory management. The company believes it offers one of the world’s broadest inventories of aerospace products, comprised of more than 575,000 active stock keeping units, including hardware, bearings, tools, electronic components, machined parts and chemicals. Wesco Aircraft has more than 2,700 employees across 80 locations in 19 countries.

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