Robert Leduc has been appointed president of Sikorsky Aircraft, with a United Technologies Corp. (UTC) announcement on the personnel matter making references to the possible spinoff of the helicopter division.
Leduc had retired from United Technologies Corp. in 2014 after a 35-year career. He previously held numerous senior leadership roles at Pratt & Whitney, Hamilton Sundstrand and UTC Aerospace Systems.
These included leading the large commercial engines business at Pratt & Whitney, as well as the Boeing programs and the space systems business at Hamilton Sundstrand.
Large employer in the region
UTC officials have been looking at the possibility of a spinoff or even sale of Sikorsky. Currently, Sikorsky is one of the divisions of UTC.
Sikorsky Aircraft is based at a sprawling factory campus in Stratford on Route 110, which borders Shelton. It also operates several facilities in Shelton, and is perhaps the region’s largest private employer with about 6,200 employees at the Stratford plant alone.
According to figures released by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office last year, UTC has more employees from Shelton than from any other town in this area — including Stratford. About 800 Shelton residents work for UTC.
‘Vision and experience’
“It is a great pleasure to welcome Bob [Leduc] back to United Technologies as the new president of Sikorsky Aircraft,” said UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes, in announcing the leadership change on April 2.
“Across the aerospace industry, Bob is recognized as a proven leader, and he has the vision and experience necessary to lead Sikorsky today and as its future chief executive officer, should Sikorsky be spun off,” Hayes said.
In a UTC press release, Hayes praised Leduc’s management abilities. “Throughout his career, Bob built strong customer relationships, executed complex development programs and ensured the successful entry-into-service of some of UTC’s biggest programs, including the Boeing 787 program,” Hayes said.
New role for previous president
Leduc will succeed Mick Maurer, who will move to the newly created position of UTC senior vice president of strategic projects. The appointments are effective immediately, and both Leduc, age 59, and Maurer will report to Hayes.
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In his new role, Maurer will work closely with Mike Dumais, UTC senior vice president of strategic planning, to complete the strategic alternatives review for Sikorsky, and to ensure a successful separation should UTC pursue a spinoff. Maurer will also work closely with Leduc to ensure a smooth leadership transition at Sikorsky.
Maurer’s many accomplishments
During Maurer’s tenure as Sikorsky president, the company secured a record backlog and won numerous strategic competitions, including the U.S. presidential helicopter, the U.S. Air Force combat rescue helicopter, and the joint multi-role technology demonstrator.
“Under Mick’s leadership, Sikorsky positioned itself for a bright future,” Hayes said. “In his new position, Mick’s experience leading Sikorsky will provide unique perspective and insight as we complete our strategic review and determine the best way to enhance Sikorsky’s long-term success and create improved value for UTC’s customers and shareholders.”
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