"Bob brings significant industry and leadership experience as well as a deep knowledge of the aviation market from his time at United Technologies," said John Holmes, president and chief executive officer of AAR.
Most recently, Leduc served as president of Pratt & Whitney from Jan. 2016 to 2020. Previously he served in a number of senior executive roles for more than 38 years at United Technologies Corporation, including president of Sikorsky Aircraft.
He began his career in aerospace engineering at Pratt & Whitney, serving in a variety of senior leadership roles in program management, strategy and customer support. He was named senior vice president of Engine Programs & Customer Support in 1995.
In 2000, Leduc was appointed president of Large Commercial Engines and chief operating officer. Leduc also served in leadership roles at Boeing during his three-year tenure. He was president of Boeing 787, Space Systems & U.S. Government Classified Programs from 2010 to 2012, and president of Boeing Programs & Space beginning in 2012.
Leduc is a member of the board of the Connecticut Science Center, and he established the Robert and Jeanne Leduc Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He earned a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) and an honorary doctorate in business from the University of Massachusetts.
"We are very pleased to welcome Bob to our Board of Directors and look forward to his contributions,” added Holmes.
AAR is a global aerospace and defense aftermarket solutions company with operations in over 20 countries. Headquartered in the Chicago area, AAR supports commercial and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services.
AAR’s Aviation Services include Parts Supply; OEM Solutions; Integrated Solutions; and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Services. AAR’s Expeditionary Services include Mobility Systems and Composite Manufacturing operations.