Rolls-Royce names new President & Chief Operating Officer for Canada

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services, has appointed Michel Toutant as President & Chief Operating Officer – Rolls-Royce Canada Limited, effective June 1, 2007. He succeeds Pierre Racine who has announced plans to retire.

In this role, Mr. Toutant is responsible for in-country management of all Rolls-Royce business units in Canada encompassing some 1,600 people in seven locations in six provinces. He also runs the company’s Canadian Aero Repair and Overhaul (AR&O) business. Based in Montreal, Mr. Toutant reports to James M. Guyette, Chairman, Rolls-Royce Holdings Canada and Miles Cowdry, President – Rolls-Royce Services, respectively.

Mr. Toutant joined Rolls-Royce Canada in 1999 as Director, Aero Operations. Two years later he became Vice President, Components, AR&O and in 2004, he was named Vice President and General Manager, Gas Turbines. Last year, Mr. Toutant relocated to Mount Vernon, Ohio, global headquarters for Rolls-Royce Energy Systems Inc. to become Vice President, Strategic Operations. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Mr. Toutant held a series of increasingly senior roles with ABB in Canada.

James Guyette said: “With proven operational skills and a strong strategic mind, Michel will be an asset for us in Canada and indeed around the world. We are fortunate to have someone of his caliber to succeed Pierre, who has made so many valuable contributions to Rolls-Royce over the years.”

Mr. Racine will retire from the company in July after more than 8 years as President – Rolls-Royce Canada. He first joined Rolls-Royce in 1995.

  1. Rolls-Royce Canada Limited, based near the Montréal International Airport at Dorval, is a diversified aero and industrial engine facility serving more than 600 customers in 30 countries worldwide. The company began operations in 1947. Repair and overhaul is the major sector of this business unit, with more than 4,500 engines serviced to date in its comprehensive, modern facility. The plant occupies more than 500,000 square feet of space and is among the best equipped in the world. The plant has five engine test cells, the largest of which has the capacity of testing gas turbine engines up to 100,000 lbs of thrust.
  2. As the Center of Excellence for the Corporate Market, Rolls-Royce Canada has an exclusive contract for the Rolls-Royce BR710 engine, which powers the Gulfstream V, G500 and G550 and the Bombardier Global Express and Global 5000 corporate aircraft. The company is an Authorized Maintenance Centre for the Rolls-Royce AE3007 engine, which powers the Embraer ERJ 135/140/145 regional jets, Embraer Legacy and the Cessna Citation X business jet. Rolls-Royce Canada also maintains the Spey and Tay engines that power the Gulfstream II, III, IV, 300, 350, 400 and 450.
  3. Customers of Rolls-Royce Canada include airlines, corporate operators and governments of Canada, the United States and other nations around the world.
  4. Mr. Toutant is 40 years of age and was educated at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada), where he graduated in Mechanical Engineering. He later pursued and obtained a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at Université Laval (Canada).

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