Leadership

Our people make us successful.

The VT Group senior leadership team offers a good mix of talent and experience, guiding daily operations and empowering every employee to quickly and effectively respond to customer needs.

Dean M. Willard joined VT Group as CEO in April 2015, bringing with him over 40 years of business experience, including being CEO of NYSE company Products Research & Chemical Corporation (PRC) until its sale in 1989. Thereafter, he formed Courtaulds Aerospace (now part of PPG Aerospace), ACTech (acquired by 3M), Haas Group (now part of Wesco Aircraft) – spanning a wide range of commercial, aerospace and defense products and technologies on an international level.

Over the years, Dean has worked closely with The Jordan Company leading the acquisition and management of many businesses covering a wide range of global markets. In partnership with The Jordan Company, Dean lead the formation and management of Permatex, the leading supplier of automobile aftermarket chemicals, as well as Reinhold, the largest provider of composite structures used in commercial aircraft passenger seating worldwide.

Dean has also worked with other partners and in total has been involved in the acquisition and management of well over 100 companies during his career. He holds 13 patents, established two chairs and two graduate fellowships at UCLA, and has been very active in supporting education, services to the disadvantaged, and the fine arts.

Carl Walker joined the company in February 2016. Previously, Mr. Walker was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Reinhold Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of advanced custom composites for the Aerospace Industry from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of Custom Food Products, Inc., a value added meat processor, from 2001 to 2006.

Mr. Walker received his BS degree in Business Administration from California State University, Los Angeles and holds several professional certifications including: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).