Rolls-Royce announced the appointment of Tom Bell as President and CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, a post he will hold alongside his current position as President – Defence. The appointment follows the decision of Marion Blakey to retire at the end of June, 2018 after serving a three year term.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for me to return to Rolls-Royce and lead an enlarged Defence business,” Bell. “Our greater scale gives us the opportunity to strengthen our relationships with customers, keeping them at the heart of all we do, and offering them a much more integrated approach to solving their mission-critical power challenges. I look forward to working with the team and helping to realise the full potential that we have in Rolls-Royce Defence.”

Bell started his career at Lockheed Martin in human space flight segment. Previously, Bell worked for Boeing as a vice president of global sales and marketing for defense, space and security for more than 20 years.  Prior to joining Boeing in 2015, Tom was President of Rolls-Royce Defense Aerospace having joined as President, Customer Business, North America in mid-2012.