Mitch Snyder gets top job at Bell Helicopter

Textron Inc has named Mitch Snyder president & CEO of Bell Helicopter, succeeding John Garrison, who is joining Terex Corporation as its new president & CEO.

Snyder joined Bell Helicopter in 2004, and has held several leadership positions with the company, serving most recently as executive vice president of Military Business.

Prior to joining Bell Helicopter, he held senior leadership positions with Lockheed Martin in areas of engineering, business and manufacturing.

“Mitch steps into the leadership position during one of the most exciting times in Bell’s history.”

Scott Donnelly, chairman & CEO of Textron said, “Mitch steps into the leadership position during one of the most exciting times in Bell’s history. He will focus on extending the great success we’ve built for established programs like the V-22 and H-1 military programs, while also growing our strong pipeline of new products such as the 525 Relentless, 505 Jet Ranger X and the V-280 Valor — to name just a few.”

“We are also grateful for John Garrison’s years of leadership, and his diligence in driving so many improvements in our global rotorcraft business,” Donnelly added.


Terry Spruce

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