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Paul Adams to Succeed David Hess as Pratt & Whitney President; Alain Bellemare Comments

F35Paul Adams, chief operating officer at United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) subsidiary Pratt & Whitney, will lead the subsidiary as president starting on Jan. 1, 2014.

Adams will succeed the retiring David Hess, a 34-year veteran of UTC who has led Pratt & Whitney since 2009, UTC said Tuesday.

Alain Bellemare, president and CEO of UTC’s propulsion and aerospace systems segment, said Hess has led Pratt & Whitney through the F-35 program, acquisition of majority ownership in International Aero Engines and contract wins covering its geared turbofan engine technology.

Adams’ promotion is intended to build on Pratt & Whitney’s momentum of growth in technology development and customer support initiatives, Bellemare added.

Adams joined UTC in 1999 and has more than 30 years of leadership and engineering experience.

Prior to his COO role, he served as senior vice president of operations and engineering at Pratt & Whitney.

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