UTC selects Robert Leduc as Pratt & Whitney president

By Ryan Maass   |   Jan. 15, 2016 at 9:25 AM
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FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 15 (UPI) -- United Technologies Corporation has announced Robert Leduc will replace Paul R. Adams as president of Pratt & Whitney.

Leduc recently served as president of Sikorsky Aircraft, now owned by Lockheed Martin. As president of Pratt & Whitney, Leduc will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes.

"Bob's leadership was instrumental in the successful sale of Sikorsky Aircraft last year," Hayes said of Leduc in a statement. "His vision and experience in the aerospace industry, his proven leadership skills and his track record of executing complex development programs make him the right choice to lead Pratt & Whitney as we ramp up production of our exciting new PurePower Geared Turbofan engine."

During his 35-year career with UTC, Leduc held several leadership roles in UTC companies. In addition to serving as president of Sikorsky Aircraft, Leduc also served as CEO for Pratt & Whitney, president of Boeing Programs and president UTC Space Systems.

The outgoing Adams is retiring after 17 years with United Technologies, after becoming Pratt & Whitney's COO in 2013, and president in 2014.

"Under Paul's leadership, Pratt & Whitney positioned itself for a bright future," Hayes added.

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