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Textron names new head for Bell Helicopter

PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 28 (UPI) -- U.S. defense contractor Textron Inc. announced the appointment of a new president and chief executive officer for its Bell Helicopter business.

Textron says its Bell Helicopter unit will be headed by John Garrison. He will replace current President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Millman, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the company. Officials say the leadership change will be effective Saturday.

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Garrison, who has previously worked as president of U.S. company E-Z-GO, will leave his position at Textron as president of the company's Industrial segment to take over the Bell Helicopter unit.

"John is a seasoned executive and a proven strategic leader with vast experience in managing manufacturing businesses, serving global customers and bringing products to market," Scott Donnelly, Textron president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

"Along with his military experience, this makes John the perfect leader to continue Bell's legacy of supporting both our commercial customers and military warfighters around the globe at a time of significant growth opportunities for Bell."

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