Marion Blakey, formerly president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, has joined Rolls-Royce as president, CEO and chairman of the board for its North American business.
The company said Tuesday Blakey will succeed James Guyette, who plans to retire in May.
“We are extremely pleased to have Ms. Blakey leading the North American region because she brings deep industry perspective and is a well-respected voice in Washington, ” said Rolls-Royce CEO John Rishton.
“These markets are critical to our aerospace and land and sea divisions.”
Blakey led AIA for more than seven years and has worked to support the programs of the aerospace and defense industry.
She has helped push forward the association’s advocacy on civil and defense aviation exports, the commercial satellite classification and the impact of sequestration on the industry.
“Under Marion’s guidance, AIA has elevated its role advocating in the best interests of the nation and the aerospace and defense industry, ” said AIA Chairman David Joyce.
Blakey has also served as administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration and chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.
She is a recipient of the 2011 Henderson Trophy and 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association.