Prior to his retirement in December 2004 as Chairman and CEO of Bell Helicopter, Textron, John had spent more than 40 years with Bell and other Textron companies in aerospace and defense related businesses. After retirement from Bell, John then became CEO of AgustaWestland's US operations with repsonibility for the US101 Presidential Helicopter Program. After leading the company in winning this important work, John retired from AgustaWestland in July of 2005.
John has more than 40 years in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service in the aviaton business. He served in a broad range of positions within Bell Helicopter and other Textron divisions.
2001-2004 — Chairman and CEO of Bell Helicopter a $2.5 billion division of Textron, Inc. As CEO, John was responsible for all Bell Helicopter's world wide business operations.
1998-2001 — President and COO responsible for all engineering manufacturing and procurement operations of Bell Helicopter.
1998-1999 — Executive Vice President Military Business responisble for all program and product management as well as sales, marketing and support services to all Bell military customers.
1997-1998 — Senior Vice President for Information Technology responsible for Bell's engineering, material management, financial and customer service information technology requirements and operations.
1994-1997 — Executive Vice President of Operations at Textron Aerostructures a company that designs and builds wings and aircraft structure for military and commercial airplanes and the NASA space shuttle.
1992-1994 — Senior Vice President Commercial Sales and Marketing at Bell Helicopter.
From 1977 to 1979, John lived and worked in Isfahan, Iran as Manager of Bell's operations in Iran.
John earned his BBA from Texas Wesleyan University and a MBA from TCU. He also attended executive development courses at Harvard and the Chicago Graduate School of Business.
John was in the US Army from 1966 to 1976. He served in Vietnam with the 87th Infantry.
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