Adams to succeed Hess as Pratt & Whitney president

United Technologies has announced that Paul Adams, currently chief operating officer of Pratt & Whitney, will succeed David Hess as president of Pratt & Whitney on 1 January 2014, when Hess retires.
Adams will report to UTC Propulsion & Aerospace Systems president and chief executive officer, Alain Bellemare.
"I am pleased to announce these important leadership changes," Bellemare said. "We will focus on a successful transition through year end."
Adams joined UTC in 1999, and brings more than 30 years of engineering and leadership expertise. The positions he held over the past decade at Pratt & Whitney, most recently as senior vice-president, operations and engineering and chief operating officer at Pratt & Whitney, have prepared him well to serve as president.
"Under Paul's leadership, Pratt & Whitney will sustain its strong momentum in technology development, ensure operational excellence in support of its production ramp up and continue to deliver superior value to customers," said Bellemare. "He is very well qualified to lead Pratt & Whitney at this important juncture."
Hess is retiring after 34 years at UTC. He joined UTC through Hamilton Sundstrand in 1979, and was appointed president, Hamilton Sundstrand in 2005, followed by his appointment as president, Pratt & Whitney in 2009.

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