United Technologies [UTX] on Tuesday appointed David Hess as its senior vice president for Aerospace Business Development to work closely with the company’s Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems companies to strengthen relationships with their aerospace customers and partners.
Hess retired early last year as president of Pratt & Whitney following a 34-year career at UTC.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome Dave back to UTC,” Gregory Hayes, UTC’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Dave is highly regarded across the aerospace industry. His strong customer relationships, deep industry knowledge and experienced leadership will provide tremendous value to the company as we focus on the entry into service and production ramp-up of our Geared Turbofan engine and numerous UTAS (United Technology Aerospace Systems) aircraft systems.”
Before his retirement from UTC and leading Pratt & Whitney, Hess had also served as president of the company’s Hamilton Sundstrand business, which is now part of UTC Aerospace Systems.
The appointment of Hess follows an announcement by UTC last week that it is eliminating its Propulsion & Aerospace segment, which oversaw Pratt & Whitney and UTC Aerospace Systems, to streamline the organization. Pratt & Whitney and Aerospace Systems are continuing as standalone business units.
As part of the reorganization, Allan Bellemare, president and CEO of UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems, is leaving the company at the end of January. He will continue to serve UTC as a consultant.