Mr. Pino replaces Stephen N. Finger, who has been named president of Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp, based in East Hartford, Conn. Mr. Finger succeeds Louis Chênevert, who has been elected president and chief operating officer and a director of United Technologies Corp. All three executive changes are effective immediately.
Mr. Pino, 51, joined Sikorsky in 2002. He most recently has served as Sikorsky's senior vice president for corporate strategy, marketing, and commercial programs. In that post, he spearheaded an unprecedented growth in the company's commercial aircraft unit, from 6 aircraft deliveries in 2002 to 49 in 2005. He also led the company's strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, advanced program development, worldwide sales, and corporate communications and marketing departments.
"Jeff's solid background as a Master Aviator in the U.S. Army, coupled with his unparalleled customer focus and proven leadership are the perfect formula to continue to accelerate the tremendous growth and transformation at Sikorsky initiated by Steve Finger," said Mr. Chênevert. "Jeff's championing of United Technologies' ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) and lean manufacturing principles were instrumental in the explosive growth and global expansion of Sikorsky's commercial aircraft programs. I am confident that he will bring this same energy and leadership to the rest of the business."
"I am thrilled at the opportunity to lead Sikorsky," said Mr. Pino. "Steve has guided Sikorsky on a flight path of strategic growth and transformation. I look forward to working with the company's leadership team to keep the pioneering spirit of Sikorsky alive and strengthen our position as the leader in vertical flight solutions."
Mr. Pino is a retired Master Army Aviator and served in U.S. Army active, Reserve, and National Guard assignments for 26 years. Positions included U.S. Cavalry assignments both on the ground and in the air culminating as a development test pilot/project officer specializing in armament testing at the Yuma Proving Ground. He is a distinguished honor graduate of the U.S. Army Armor and Aviation Schools.
Prior to joining Sikorsky, Mr. Pino spent 17 years with Bell Helicopter Textron where he last served as senior vice president, commercial business unit. He joined Bell in 1985 and held various positions within the company including vice president of sales and marketing, executive director for Europe, director for Latin America, and regional manager for South America. Previous assignments included program manager for the production of the Kiowa Warrior (OH-58D) and Cobra (AH-1S) modernization programs.
Mr. Pino is a 1976 graduate of the University of Arizona. He also holds a master degree in business administration and management from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.