Ascent Aerospace, a global provider of tooling and automated assembly systems for the aerospace and defense industry, announced that effective immediately Vice President and General Manager Andy Jones has been elevated to Chief Executive Officer. Jones will also join the Ascent Board of Directors.Jones will be responsible for strategies that drive growth, elevate operational excellence, and enhance customer service across the company's global footprint. He has held roles of increasing responsibility at Ascent over the last 6 years, most recently leading the global commercial and engineering functions along with manufacturing operations at its two Michigan plants.With over 20 years of automation and tooling experience, Jones has held senior engineering, sales, and general management roles at Ascent. Prior to joining the company, he led those functions at Applied Manufacturing Technologies, Comau, and Kawasaki Robotics. Jones joined the Ascent team as General Manager in 2015 to lead the integration of then newly acquired Flow Aerospace. He subsequently integrated Brown Aerospace after his promotion to Vice President in 2016."I am incredibly excited to lead Ascent as the aerospace market recovery accelerates," said Jones. "We are well positioned with a strong balance sheet and growing backlog of commercial, defense and space work."Jones holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lake Superior State University and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.