Saturday, December 31, 2011

Brian Morris, OU Mechanical Engineering Alumnus, Named VP of Engineering for Cherokee Nation Industries

CNI announces new leadership
12/21/2011 9:18:43 AM

By STAFF REPORTS

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Industries, the manufacturing and distribution division of Cherokee Nation Businesses, announced the promotions of Brian Morris to vice president of engineering and Don Whittington to vice president of operations for the company’s aerospace and defense division.

Morris, a Cherokee Nation citizen, graduated from Fort Gibson High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1995.

Prior to graduation, he worked as an engineering intern at CNI providing manufacturing solutions and cost savings measures. Morris has held the titles of planning manager, operations manager and director of manufacturing while being responsible for the engineering, quality, testing, purchasing, inventory and production departments.

Whittington, also a CN citizen, was born in Ventura, Calif. He is a Marine Corps veteran of 10 years and has more than 20 years experience in retail distribution and logistics management. Whittington has held titles within CNI, including warehouse supervisor, operations manager, general manager and vice president of operations.

Whittington will oversee the Stilwell manufacturing operations and the Pryor distribution facility.

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