Bell Helicopter has named its former head of commercial business to lead its engineering organization and innovation initiatives.
The manufacturer said Matt Hasik now serves as EVP for Technology and Innovation and is a member of Bell Helicopter's Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for leading the company's "core engineering team and providing strategic direction for designing, developing and integrating technologies for use" in its current and next-generation products, Bell said.
The engineering team had been led Cathy Kilmain, who held the position of EVP of Engineering. A link to Bell's website containing her executive biography earlier today returned the message "page not found."
In his previous position of EVP of Commercial Business, Hasik led the sales, marketing and product development strategy for Bell's current and next-gen commercial products. His responsibilities included oversight of program execution of the 525 Relentless and 505 Jet Ranger X programs and product upgrades.
Hasik joined Bell in 2006 and has served in a variety of leadership roles in its engineering and manufacturing organizations. In 2012, he was named V-22 program manager; he previously has served as V-22 program chief engineer. He later led the design and development team for the 525's rotor and drive systems.
Before joining Bell, Hasik served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and an engineer in a variety of roles, including as a "waterfront" program manager for the four-year, $4 billion refueling and overhaul of the nuclear powerplant complex on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69).
Hasik holds bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering from Duke University, as well as a master of business administration and a master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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