UTC names new president of Pratt & Whitney

United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) has named Robert Leduc as President of Pratt & Whitney, the company said.

Leduc, who most recently served UTC as President of Sikorsky Aircraft prior to its sale, succeeds Paul R. Adams, who is retiring at the end of February. Adams and Leduc will work over the next weeks to assure a smooth transition. Leduc will report to UTC President and Chief Executive Officer Gregory Hayes.

During a UTC career spanning the last 35 years, Leduc, 59, has held numerous senior leadership roles in UTC´s aerospace businesses — including Chief Operating Officer at Pratt & Whitney and President of its Large Commercial Engines business; President of Boeing Programs and the Space Systems business at UTC Aerospace Systems; and, most recently, President of Sikorsky Aircraft.

Adams retires after 17 successful years with United Technologies, all with Pratt & Whitney. Adams became Pratt & Whitney´s Chief Operating Officer in 2013 and its President in 2014. Earlier in his career, he served in engineering and operations in positions of increasing responsibilities.

UTC today also announced that Dave Hess has been named UTC Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Aerospace. Reporting to Hayes, Hess will work in close collaboration with Leduc and UTC Aerospace Systems President Dave Gitlin as the company continues its focus on delivering value to customers and partners.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.