John Paterson was appointed President, Marine and Industrial Power Systems in September 2011, having been President - Marine since February 2007. Prior to this, he was Managing Director - Aero Repair and Overhaul, having joined Rolls-Royce plc in March 2004. Before joining the Company he was Chief Operating Officer of Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company.
John attended Oxford University, where he received a BA (Hons) in Engineering Science in 1978 and then joined John Swire and Sons in Hong Kong.
He worked in a number of non-aviation roles in Swire’s Far Eastern operations before joining Cathay Pacific in 1980. He worked for the airline in various commercial and service delivery roles, involving overseas postings to the US, Japan, England, the Middle East and Indonesia.
In 1998, he was appointed Commercial Director of HAECO, and then seconded as Director and General Manager of Hong Kong Aero Engine Services Limited.
John is married with one teenage daughter.