Boeing named Michael Kurth vice president of its Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs.
Kurth will oversee the company’s unmanned programs, which Boeing will designate as a standalone division as of Jan. 1. Currently most of the unmanned aircraft programs at Boeing are under the missiles and unmanned airborne systems division, however the company is looking to Kurth to help take advantage of the growth potential in the unmanned market.
"With his proven background in managing and executing diverse programs, developing strong customer relationships and opening new markets for Boeing products, there’s no one in the enterprise more suited for this role,” said Chris Chadwick, president of military aircraft at Boeing.
David Pitchforth, who currently serves as managing director for rotorcraft support at Boeing’s U.K. division, will succeed Kurth as managing director of Boeing Defense U.K.