United Technologies (UTC) announced on Monday that Mick Maurer has been appointed president of its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer, who will succeed the retiring Jeffrey Pino,
joined Sikorsky in 2000 and most recently served as president of the military systems unit.
Pino, who will retire effective July 1, will then serve as a consultant to Sikorsky. He has been Sikorsky’s president since 2006, and during his tenure the helicopter manufacturer has doubled its production rate, according to Louis Chênevert, UTC chairman and CEO.
While at the helm of Sikorsky, Pino oversaw most of the development of the S-76D medium twin–a program that has yet to achieve certification. He also supported the X2 semi-compound helicopter project. The technology demonstrator made history in September 2010 with a non-official speed record of 250 knots.
Before joining Sikorsky in 2002, Pino spent 17 years with Bell Helicopter. Notably, Pino was instrumental in the acquisition of Sikorsky’s minority share in Eclipse Aviation, a deal that was finalized in February last year. Pino owns an Eclipse 500 and has been a vocal proponent of Eclipse’s plans to restart production of the very light jet. An Eclipse spokesman told AIN that there are no current plans for Pino to join Eclipse following his retirement from Sikorsky.