Leonardo, a leader in the global aerospace, defense, and security industry, today announced that Clyde Woltman has been named CEO for Leonardo Helicopters US. Woltman assumes his new role following the retirement of William Hunt, who will temporarily remain in an advisory role.
Woltman joined the company in 2019 and went on to become President of Leonardo Helicopters USA, Inc. In this role he oversaw all US government rotorcraft business, providing a crucial contribution allowing the company to become an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the US Department of Defense when it was awarded a contract to manufacturer the training helicopters for the US Navy in 2020. Now known as the TH-73A Thrasher, the first aircraft was delivered to the Navy in 2021.
“Our helicopter industrial presence in the United States is entering a new chapter in our more than 40 years history in America,” stated Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters, “Clyde has a clear vision and unwavering commitment to future success that is both inspiring and forward-thinking. I would also like to thank Bill for 16 years of service to our company, leading the growth of our US presence, and for over 40 years in the aviation industry.”
“I couldn’t be more thrilled to take on this new role,” said Woltman. “It is an exciting time for the company, we have the opportunity to grow tremendously in both the civil/para public and defense markets. With a stellar engineering team, robust new product pipeline, commitment to emerging technology and laser-focus on customer service, Leonardo is poised to become not only the leader in the helicopter industry, but a leading innovator in US manufacturing.”
Previously, Woltman served as the Executive Director of Defense Advanced Programs for Aerojet Rocketdyne and was the Director of Navy and Marine Corps Programs for Pratt & Whitney, supporting the F135 propulsion system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Woltman previously served in the United States Marine Corps as a career Marine and Naval Aviator in multiple operational commands and staff assignments. During combat operations, he commanded the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit AV-8B Harrier Detachment, Marine Attack Squadron 311, and Marine Aircraft Group 13. He flew more than 200 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Iraqi Freedom II. Woltman served as a Staff Officer at Headquarters Corps Aviation and Headquarters Marine Corps Plans, Policies and Operations; as an Exchange Pilot with the Spanish Navy; a student at the French Joint War College and University of Paris Sorbonne; as a NATO Staff Officer in Naples, Italy; and as a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow with United Technologies Corporation.
Woltman received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Geopolitical Studies from the University of Paris Sorbonne.