Pratt & Whitney chief is new aerospace association chairman

“I look forward to leading AIA as we continue to fight to preserve the nation’s aerospace industrial base and to modernize civil aerospace systems,” Hess said in an AIA statement.

“I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken to strengthen our partnership with government and this will continue to be a focus area for me,” he said. 

The AIA board also reelected Marion Blakey, a former FAA chief, as the organization’s president and CEO.
For much of 2011, AIA has been at the forefront of the fight against additional Pentagon spending cuts, arguing more reductions would force defense firms to shed jobs across the nation.