Honeywell International named a president and chief executive Friday for its $9.8 billion Phoenix-based aerospace business unit.
Robert J. Gillette, who previously held the position of president and CEO of Honeywell’s Transportation Systems business since 2001, succeeds Robert D. Johnson, who will retire in January 2006. Johnson will remain with the company for one year as a nonexecutive chairman of aerospace to allow for an orderly transition, the company said.
The aerospace division operates an engine systems and services plant in Tempe and others in Phoenix that produce airplane engines, avionics and flight safety equipment and other aviation products.
Gillette’s job at Torrance, Calif.-based Transportation Systems, a $4.3 billion unit, will be filled by Adriane M. Brown, who was vice president and general manager of Honeywell Aerospace Engine Systems and Accessories in Phoenix. The transportation unit makes consumer carcare products such as Prestone antifreeze and coolants.
The changes are effective immediately, and both executives will report to Honeywell chairman and CEO Dave Cote.
Under Gillette, Transportation Systems achieved annual sales grow th of 8 percent and income growth of 22 percent, Coty said. He added the company expects growth in defense aerospace and a continued recovery in its commercial aerospace business during the coming year.