Textron Systems Promotes Bill Irby to AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems General
WILMINGTON, Mass., Nov. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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.
Textron Systems Corporation
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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