Textron Systems Promotes Bill Irby to AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems General Manager
Wilmington, Mass. — November 12, 2012 — Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the promotion of Bill Irby to senior vice president and general manager of AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems.
Irby, who joined AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in 2009 as vice president of Ground Control Technologies, will lead the business as it continues to expand its solutions, including its next-generation UAS and ground control stations such as the Shadow®M2 and the Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS), and related services. He will report directly to Textron Systems President and CEO Ellen Lord.
“I am confident Bill will help grow the business and ensure the team remains one of the most respected in the unmanned systems field,” said Ellen Lord, president and CEO of Textron Systems. “Bill is an effective leader, who builds teams focused on solid execution and strong customer and partner relationships that will be central to the continued success of AAI UAS in supporting our customers’ missions worldwide.”
Prior to joining AAI UAS, Irby held several leadership roles over a 15-year period at Northrop Grumman. He has successfully led capture and program teams in winning programs and growing the business. Earlier in his career, he served as Combat Engineer Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, overseeing engineering missions around the world. Irby holds a master’s degree in Technical Management from The Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in General Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., the company is known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.
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