LADSON, S.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. defense contractor Force Protection Inc. announced the appointment of a 26-year Marine Corps veteran as its new chief operating officer.
Michael Moody, Force Protection chairman and chief executive officer, announced the selection of Randy Hutcherson has the company's new COO. Hutcherson, who served for 26 years in the Marine Corps, is currently Force Protection's Global Sales and Business Development Programs executive vice president.
Officials say Hutcherson previously worked for defense contractors EADS North America and Textron. He started in 2009 at Force Protection, a developer of ballistic-protected tactical vehicles among other applications.
"I am delighted to have Randy assume the role of chief operating officer," Moody said in a statement.
"Since Randy's arrival less than a year ago, the level of professionalism and attention to detail has improved dramatically in his areas of responsibility."