Thomp­son Aero Seat­ing

Chief ex­ec­u­tive: An­dres Budo

Belfast Telegraph - Top 100 Northern Ireland Companies - - ENTRIES 21-100 PROFILED -

Pre-tax profit: £10.7m Em­ploy­ment: 543 Pay bill: £23.9m

51 Sea­goe In­dus­trial Es­tate Por­ta­d­own BT63 5QE Tel: 028 3833 4000 www.thomp­son­aero.com

The com­pany makes busi­ness class seats for clients in­clud­ing Aer Lin­gus, Delta Air Lines, China Eastern and Philip­pine Air­lines. Amer­i­can An­dres Budo has now taken on the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive. Mr Budo joined Thomp­son Aero in June last year from Air­bus, where he had worked in cabin in­te­ri­ors since 2015. The sale of Thomp­son Aero Seat­ing to Chi­nese gi­ant Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion of China (AVIC) was an­nounced three years ago. For­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive Gary Mont­gomery has now moved to a new ‘strate­gic’ role with AVIC Cabin Sys­tems Co, part of AVIC. Thomp­son Aero re­ported a more than dou­bling of pre-tax prof­its to over £10m in its lat­est ac­counts. Turnover had also dou­bled from £52m to £105m.

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