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David P. Hess is Interim Chief Executive Officer of Arconic, a global leader in multi-materials innovation, precision engineering and advanced manufacturing, mainly in aerospace and transportation. Mr. Hess has served in numerous leadership roles over his 38-year career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) including his most recent position as UTC Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for Aerospace, held from January 2015 through January 2017. Previously, Mr. Hess served as President of Pratt & Whitney from January 2009 through January 2014, where he was responsible for the company’s global operations in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines for commercial and military aircraft. He joined Pratt & Whitney after four years as President of Hamilton Sundstrand, the UTC business where he began his professional career in 1979. Mr. Hess was a 10-year member on the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Board of Governors Executive Committee, serving as Chairman in 2012. Mr. Hess is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Hamilton College and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded an MIT Sloan Fellowship in 1989 and earned a master’s degree in management in 1990.
Other Current Affiliations: Mr. Hess recently joined the Board of Directors for GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Hartford HealthCare, the parent company of Hartford Hospital and the second largest health care provider in Connecticut. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the National World War II Museum and is on the Board of Directors for The Discovery Center, a nonprofit group founded by Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward that works with students from Connecticut’s urban centers and suburban communities on diversity and team-building.
Previous Directorships: Mr. Hess formerly served as Chairman of the International Aero Engines (IAE) Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Directors for both Cytec Industries, Inc. (since acquired by Solvay) and RTI International Metals, Inc. RTI International Metals, Inc. was acquired by the Company in July 2015.