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Friday, June 1, 2012

Sikorsky President Pino to Retire

By Andrew Parker, Editor-in-Chief

Jeff Pino during his speech at Heli-Expo in February.

Sikorsky Aircraft President Jeffrey Pino—who has led the company during a period that includes significant developmental and engineering achievements such as the X2 technology demonstrator, subsequent military S-97 Raider and heavy lift CH-53K—is planning to retire, effective July 1. Sikorsky parent United Technologies Corp. (UTC) has named Mick Maurer, president of Sikorsky’s Military Systems unit, to succeed Pino. Maurer has worked for UTC since 1989, joining Sikorsky in 2000 as vice president of enterprise planning and development. The pair will work together over the next few weeks during a transition period. Pino will continue to assist Sikorsky on a consulting basis after July 1. 

Mick Maurer
A retired Master Army Aviator, Pino spent 17 years at Bell Helicopter before joining Sikorsky in 2002, working as senior vice president for corporate strategy, marketing and commercial programs until becoming president in 2006. UTC Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert noted that Pino has “positioned Sikorsky well for the future,” in a statement, specifically pointing to the X2, S-97 and CH-53K.

On May 1 at the American Helicopter Society (AHS) Forum in Fort Worth, Pino offered a view of the past and future to an “esteemed group of folks” during a CEO panel that also featured AgustaWestland vice president of research and development James Wang, Bell President & CEO John Garrison, Boeing’s Phil Dunford, vice president/general manager and operating executive for its Military Systems unit, Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling and Lockheed Martin’s Dan Schultz, vice president of ship and aviation systems (see story on page 32). “It was five or six years ago—probably my first time as president at this forum, and there was a lot of the same conversation,” Pino said, but “I think I’ve heard a change in tone,” he continued. “I commend my partners in industry for some of the things that have been going on—it’s been very, very special.” To read the full version of the story, click here.

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