Kohler joined Bell in June 2004, as director of Intermediate and Medium Programs, and he also served as the Light Helicopter Development Program director
Commenting on the promotion Mike Blake, Executive Vice President, Commercial Programs said, "With Bell's commercial aircraft output on the rise, over 30% since 2005, Barry's leadership in this newly created position will help move Bell's current and future products to even higher performance levels and further support our commitment to the commercial helicopter market. I look forward to the innovation and energy Barry will bring to this position
Before joining Bell, Barry's experience includes:
- Leading both rotary-wing and military fixed wing fly-by-wire flight control programs at BAE Systems
- Product leader for Honeywell's air turbine starter business
- Product leader for Honeywell's missile control system business
- Over 15 years experience in propulsion and control system development at Honeywell and legacy Allied Signal businesses
Barry has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from General Motors Institute.