Hansel Tookes II Named President And CEO of Raytheon Aircraft


Hansel Tookes II Named President And CEO of Raytheon Aircraft  

Lexington, Mass. September 8, 1999, Raytheon Company  today announced the appointment of Hansel E. Tookes II as president and chief operating officer of Raytheon Aircraft Company effective September 27. Tookes will report to Arthur E. Wegner, Raytheon executive vice president and RAC's chairman and chief executive officer. He is the first Black to hold such a position. 

"I am delighted that Hansel Tookes is joining the Raytheon Aircraft team," said Daniel P. Burnham, Raytheon Company chairman and chief executive officer. "Art Wegner has done a tremendous job growing Raytheon Aircraft into a successful $2.6 billion business. Given his impressive track record, I am confident Hansel will work with Art to build on this momentum and make a significant contribution to the continuing prosperity of Raytheon Aircraft."

It is planned that Tookes will become CEO of Raytheon Aircraft in six months and become chairman of the company following Wegner's planned retirement in approximately a year. Wegner said, "I have worked with Hansel in the aerospace industry for many years and witnessed his numerous accomplishments first-hand. I look forward to working with him again."

Burnham said: "I am delighted that Art will remain with Raytheon to lead this transition. He has earned a reputation in the aviation industry as one of its premier leaders, most recently evidenced by his transformation of Raytheon Aircraft into one of the most admired aviation companies. I know Hansel will benefit from Art's experience and that they will work together effectively to make this a seamless transition."

Tookes, 51, has been president of Pratt & Whitney's Large Military Engines group, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., since 1996. He joined United Technologies Corp. (UTC) in 1980 and held increasingly responsible leadership positions at its Norden Systems and Hamilton Standard Division of the company, including executive vice president of Aircraft Products, and vice president of Business Planning.

Tookes holds a master of science degree in aeronautical systems from the University of West Florida (1971) and a bachelor of science degree in physics from Florida State University (1969). He has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard. Tookes was a naval aviator flying PC-3 Orions. He was also a pilot for United Airlines. He is a native of Tallahassee, Florida.

Wegner, 62, a Raytheon executive vice president, has been chairman and CEO of Raytheon Aircraft since its inception in September 1994. He joined Raytheon Company in July 1993 as senior vice president and chairman and CEO of the former Raytheon subsidiary, Beech Aircraft Corporation. Previously, he spent 20 years at UTC, serving as executive vice president and president of its Aerospace and Defense Sector. He also served as president of the Pratt & Whitney division.

Raytheon Aircraft, based in Wichita, Kansas, designs, manufactures, markets and supports jet, turboprop and piston-powered aircraft for the world's commercial, military and regional airline markets. It had revenues of $2.6 billion in 1998.

Raytheon Company is a global technology leader that provides products and services in the areas of commercial and defense electronics, and engineering and construction, in addition to the Raytheon Aircraft business. Raytheon has operations throughout the United States and services customers in more than 80 countries.
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