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R. Scott Rettig Named CEO of AgustaWestland North America

23rd April 2009 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


R. Scott Rettig has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of AgustaWestland North America, AgustaWestland and AgustaWestlandBell, a joint venture with Bell Helicopter - Textron.

Rettig will oversee the company's United States Government business operations from its headquarters in Reston, VA. AgustaWestland North America operates under the privileged auspices of a US Government Special Security Agreement.

Rettig joins AgustaWestland from Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems US, a SELEX Galileo and Finmeccanica company. His Aerospace and Defence career began at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, then Hughes Aircraft Company as Marketing Manager of Airborne programs. Mr. Rettig's expertise and leadership placed him in numerous executive positions for Ferranti Defense Systems, GEC Avionics, Marconi Avionics, AMS, MBDA and BAE Systems, culminating with his appointment as President and CEO of Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems US at its founding in 2005. In January 2006 Mr. Rettig was elected to the position of Chairman of the Board.

"Scott brings nearly 30 years of Aerospace and Defense experience to this position," said Giuseppe Orsi, CEO of AgustaWestland. "He has an excellent reputation in the industry and brings a track record of success and strong customer relations... we look forward to great results from Scott and his team."

"It is an honor to be appointed to lead AgustaWestland North America and I am proud to be a part of this remarkable enterprise whose products and capabilities I have long admired," said Mr. Rettig. "There is great potential for the company in the US and I look forward to the opportunity of working closely with our current partners and future customers to ensure our potential is achieved."

Rettig is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and holds degrees in Political Science, Business and Literature, as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He is an active member of many industrial associations including AFA, AAAA, AIA, MCAA, AHS, NDIA, AUSA, Old Crows, and the Navy League.

Scott and his wife Melissa have three children and reside in Northern Virginia.

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