Mark King has been named as the new Chief Commercial Officer for Rolls-Royce Civil Large Engines, based in Derby, UK. He succeeds Charles Cuddington, who will be retiring in April.
For the last three years Mark King has been President and Chief Executive Officer of International Aero Engines (IAE), the multi-national consortium which produces the V2500 engine series. Rolls-Royce is a senior shareholder in IAE.
Before joining IAE, Mark was Executive Vice President at Rolls-Royce, responsible for all customer-related activities of the commercial engines product range.
During his 18-year Rolls-Royce career, Mark has had experience managing customer-facing teams responsible for sales, marketing, commercial contracts, customer support, aftermarket and business planning.
Paying tribute to Charles Cuddington, he said: “I had the privilege of working alongside Charles for seven years, and I am looking forward to the considerable challenge of stepping into the shoes of such an exceptional person who has had a significant impact on Rolls-Royce and the industry as a whole.”
Charles Cuddington’s retirement marks the end of a 38-year career with Rolls-Royce during which he has held a number of senior positions within the civil aerospace group, with responsibility for sales, commercial issues and operational support. His roles have included Project Director of Trent 500 and Trent 900 engines, Marketing Manager with Rolls-Royce, Australia, Director of Business Development for Asia and Project Director of the Tay engine programme.