Rolls-Royce names new president, helicopter engines

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Rolls-Royce has appointed Ken Roberts as President, Helicopter Engines, effective immediately. Roberts, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, will be responsible for the global leadership of the company’s helicopter engine business.

Prior to this appointment, Ken served as Executive Vice President of Helicopters with overall responsibility for strategy, business development and other areas. He also led a team of regional vice presidents focused on customer and partner relationships.

Since joining Rolls-Royce in 1981 Roberts has held a range of roles in various businesses including Vice President of Marketing- Corporate and Regional Aircraft and Vice President of Business Development-Defense North America. He has also served in several strategy, planning, commercial and consultancy positions.

Roberts holds a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University Bloomington and is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana.

Roberts succeeds Scott Crislip who recently left the company to pursue another opportunity closer to his family.

Rolls-Royce produces one of the broadest turboshaft engine families available in the world, with a power range stretching from 300 shaft horsepower to more than 6,000shp. The industry-leading fleet of 17,000 Rolls-Royce turboshaft engines, powering light aircraft, helicopters and uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs), in both civil and military markets, has accumulated 180 million flying hours.

  1. Rolls-Royce operates in four global markets - civil aerospace, defense aerospace, marine and energy. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces and more than 2,000 marine customers, including 70 navies. The company has energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing around 39,500 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.
  2. Rolls-Royce continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products. These investments create high barriers to entry.
  3. Annual sales were £7,435m (~$14.8bn) in 2007, of which 55 per cent came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book exceeds £45.9bn (~$91.8bn) of which aftermarket services represent 30 per cent, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  4. A significant and growing industry player in North America, Rolls-Royce employs nearly 8,000 people at more than 66 US locations in 26 states and seven sites in six Canadian provinces. Annual sales in North America are more than £1.5bn (~$3bn).

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