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January 15, 2016

Pratt & Whitney Pres. Adams to retire; Leduc named successor

United Technologies Corp. has appointed Robert Leduc as president of Pratt & Whitney. Leduc, who most recently served as president of Sikorsky Aircraft prior to its sale, succeeds Paul R. Adams, who is retiring at the end of February.

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 years with United Technologies, all with Pratt. Adams became 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.

According to a company statement, Adams was instrumental in transforming Pratt & Whitney's product portfolio and operational footprint. He is credited with leadership in designing, developing, and certifying the new GTF product family, the F135 engine for the Joint Strike Fighter and the PWC800 for the Gulfstream G500/G600 aircraft. The company said those programs have positioned Pratt & Whitney with the largest backlog since the 1980s.

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