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Calio to succeed Leduc as Pratt & Whitney president

Pratt & Whitney commercial engine president Christopher Calio will succeed Robert Leduc as president of the company in early 2020, says the Connecticut-based engine maker.

Leduc, who has worked 40 years in various roles at P&W and other companies owned by parent United Technologies (UTC), will retire.

He had been P&W president since 2016.

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"Chris and Bob will work closely together over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition for both our customers and employees," UTC chief executive Gregory Hayes says in a media release. "Chris has a proven record of performance and his commitment to customers, innovation and growth will position Pratt & Whitney to win for many years to come."

Calio has been president of P&W's commercial engines unit since January 2017.

In that role he oversaw the rapid ramp in production of PW1000G geared-turbofan engines – a line of powerplants including the PW1100G, which powers the Airbus A320neo family of aircraft.

Despite some technical problems with PW1000Gs, P&W's shipments of those engines have doubled year-over-year in recent quarters, executives have said.

Calio joined UTC in 2005. He has been assistant counsel, and head of P&W's commercial engines legal department, a role in which he assisted with the launch of the A320neo engine programme and helped oversee P&W's acquisition of Rolls-Royce's share in International Aero Engines.

Calio also worked as vice-president and general counsel for UTC Aerospace Systems, now called Collins Aerospace. Most-recently he was chief of staff to UTC's chairman and CEO Hayes.

Outgoing president Leduc led P&W as it brought several high-profile engines to market, including the PW1000G, the F135 engine for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter and the PW800 business jet engine, notes Hayes in the release.

"Bob is one of the most esteemed leaders in aerospace and will leave a lasting imprint on Pratt & Whitney," Hayes says.

Leduc began his career in an aerospace engineering role at P&W, and held other jobs involving programme management, strategy and customer support. He became P&W's senior vice-president of engine programmes and customer support in 1995, and president of large commercial engines and chief operating officer in 2000.

He also served as president of flight systems and classified programmes at UTC subsidiary Hamilton Sundstrand in 2004 and president of Boeing programmes and space systems at UTC Aerospace Systems in 2012.

Leduc was named president of UTC subsidiary Sikorsky in 2015, just months before UTC sold the unit to Lockheed Martin. Following that transaction he became P&W president.

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