AgustaWestland North America Chairman/CEO gets new role

AgustaWestland North America Chairman/CEO gets new role

11-Feb-2012 Source: OTO Melara

OTO Melara North America, a subsidiary of OTO Melara S.p.A, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has appointed R. Scott Rettig as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Along with his new role at OTO Melara North America Inc., Rettig will continue to serve as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of another Finmeccanica company subsidiary, AgustaWestland North America.

“Finmeccanica companies and in particular OTO Melara and AgustaWestland provide world class products, technology and services to the U.S. Department of Defense and are integral to the U.S. defense industrial base,” said Rettig. “I am honored to serve these fine organizations and I am committed to both ensuring they realize their potential and to reinforcing their ongoing contributions to our nation’s security.”

Rettig replaces Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Admiral (ret.) James Amerault who is retiring. The company thanks him for his service and dedication.

Rettig began his aerospace and defense career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena, Ca. He later worked at Hughes Aircraft Company as the marketing manager of airborne programs. Over the course of his career, Rettig has held numerous executive positions with Ferranti Defense Systems Inc., GEC Avionics, Marconi Defense, AMS, MBDA and BAE Systems. In 2005, Rettig was appointed founding President and Chief Executive Officer of SELEX Sensors & Airborne Systems Inc., a joint venture between BAE Systems and Finmeccanica. The following year, he was elected Chairman of its Board of Directors. In 2009, Rettig was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AgustaWestland North America.

Rettig is a founding board member of the Vertical Lift Consortia and serves on the Board of Directors of the America Helicopter Society. Rettig is an active member of many industrial associations including AFA, AAAA, AIA, MCAA, AHS, NDIA, AUSA, Old Crows, and has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Air Force Museum in Warner Robbins, Ga.

OTO Melara North America, Inc. (OTO Inc), a subsidiary of OTO Melara S.p.A., a Finmeccanica company, is responsible for the marketing, sale, manufacture and support of OTO Melara products in North America. The corporate headquarters is located inWashington D.C., while manufacturing and logistics activities are centered in Lester, Pa., Watervliet Arsenal, N.Y., and Atlantic Beach, Fl. OTO Inc is committed to full service program and integrated logistics support for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and its foreign military sales (FMS) customers.

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