January 26, 2009 ByCorrie
Jan. 26, 2009, Stratford Conn.– Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced three senior level appointments to continue the company’s rapid sales growth while accelerating the expansion of operations globally.
Jan. 26, 2009, Stratford Conn.– Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced three senior level appointments to continue the company’s rapid sales growth while accelerating the expansion of operations globally. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Stephen B. Estill was named to the newly created position of Vice President, Strategic Partnerships. He will develop, negotiate and implement strategic partnerships globally that will help sustain and extend Sikorsky’s footprint in the increasingly complex international marketplace.
“In this position, Steve will provide the focus, expertise and dedicated resources we need to continue our global growth by capturing opportunities emerging in key markets worldwide,” said Sikorsky President Jeffrey P. Pino.
Carey Bond was appointed Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, the position previously held by Estill. Bond has served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Strategic Programs since 2005. In his new role, he will provide executive leadership for global aircraft sales, marketing, communications and U.S. government business development activities.
Robert Kokorda was appointed Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Synergy. In addition to the responsibilities previously held by Bond – defining and executing Sikorsky’s strategic vision and evaluating and implementing acquisition and divestiture strategies – Kokorda will determine appropriate business synergies across the Sikorsky enterprise.
“Both Carey and Bob have played important roles in planning and executing Sikorsky’s rapid growth during the past few years,” Pino said. “They have a strong understanding of our evolving customer and business needs, and in their new leadership roles will bring the knowledge and creativity to meet those needs both individually and synergistically. Add to this the new dimension that Steve’s position brings, and I have high confidence that Sikorsky will continue to pace our industry.”
Estill joined Sikorsky in 2002 as Vice President, Worldwide Sales, after spending more than 20 years with Textron where he served as Vice President, Communications, Sales and Marketing. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of North Texas.
Bond joined Sikorsky in 2005 after serving as Vice President, Customer Support and Service for Bell Helicopter. He is a graduate of Canadore College and holds a master’s in Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University.
Kokorda served as Vice President, Production Operations, prior to his new appointment. He joined Sikorsky in 1998 and has held several other positions in Sikorsky’s Worldwide Customer Service and Commercial Programs organizations. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture and service. Its mission statement reflects the company’s long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere… every time™." More information is available at the interactive www.sikorsky.com Web site.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.