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Thursday, May 7, 2015

People: New Top Leaders at Sikorsky, Airbus

On April 2, United Technologies Corp. appointed Robert Leduc as president of Sikorsky Aircraft effective immediately. He succeeds Mick Maurer, who moved to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president, Strategic Projects.

Both Leduc and Maurer will report to UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes.

“Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader,” Hayes said. “He has the vision and experience necessary to lead Sikorsky today and as its future CEO, should Sikorsky be spun off.”

Sikorsky’s Robert Leduc, who comes out of retirement.
Leduc began his 35-year aerospace engineering career at UTC at Pratt & Whitney, where he held roles of increasing leadership responsibility in program management. That culminated in his appointment as president of Large Commercial Engines in 2001.

He joined Hamilton Sundstrand in 2004 as president of Flight Systems and Classified Programs. In 2010, he was appointed president of Boeing 787, Space Systems, and U.S. Classified Programs. He most recently served as president, Boeing Programs & Space for UTC Aerospace Systems. He retired last year.

Maurer, in his new role, will work closely with UTC Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning Mike Dumais to complete the strategic alternatives review for Sikorsky. He also is charged with ensuring a successful separation should UTC pursue a spinoff. Maurer will also work closely with Leduc to ensure a smooth leadership transition at Sikorsky, UTC said.

Since Maurer was named Sikorsky president in mid-2012, the company secured a record backlog and won numerous competitions, including that for the U.S. presidential helicopter and the new U.S. Air Force combat rescue helicopter. Teamed with Boeing, it also is one of several contenders for the U.S. Army’s Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator.

“Under Mick’s leadership, Sikorsky positioned itself for a bright future,” Hayes said. “In his new position, Mick’s experience leading Sikorsky will provide unique perspective and insight as we complete our strategic review.”

On April 9, Airbus Group said Chris Emerson, a veteran executive of the company, will take over for Marc Paganini as president and CEO of Airbus Helicopters Inc. Emerson will also serve as head of Airbus Helicopters North America Region, overseeing both the U.S. subsidiary and Airbus Helicopters Canada. His appointment is effective June 1.

Airbus’ Chris Emerson played a key role in EADS’ initial public offering.
Airbus said Paganini has accepted a new assignment with Airbus Group as head of special projects. He has headed Airbus Helicopters Inc., the Grand Prairie, Texas-based subsidiary of the company, since January 2003.

Emerson was senior vice president and CFO of EADS North America from 2003 to 2010. After working for Mercedes Benz U.S. International in the mid-1990s, he joined DaimlerChrysler Aerospace and was part of the internal team that formed EADS from three national entities. He was responsible for establishing the initial valuation of the company for an IPO and establishing its credit rating. In 2014, EADS became Airbus Group.

“Chris is a talented young executive who has had a big impact on Airbus Group from its inception and in every subsequent post,” said Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group Inc. “We are confident Chris will continue and enhance the growth of Airbus Helicopters in North America.”

Paganini’s shift “a bittersweet time.”
Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury said the division “has thrived in the U.S. market under Marc’s leadership, growing commercial market share and securing the Lakota contract from the Army.”

“This is a bittersweet time for me,” said Paganini. His new special projects post will be challenging and invigorating “as we look for ways to expand Airbus Group in the U.S. and globally.

“At the same time, I’m a little sad to be stepping away from Airbus Helicopters Inc., he added. “My time with this company has been incredibly rewarding.”


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