Director Since: 2017
Committees: Audit Committee; Finance Committee
David P. Hess joined the Board of Arconic in March 2017 and was interim CEO from April 2017 to January 2018. Arconic is a global leader in multi-material precision engineered products and solutions for major markets including airframe structures, aero engines, automobiles, commercial transportation, and building and construction.
Career Highlights and Qualifications: Prior to joining Arconic, Mr. Hess served in numerous leadership roles over his 38-year career at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) including his most recent position as UTC Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for United Technologies’ aerospace businesses, held from January 2015 through January 2017. Previously, Mr. Hess served as President of Pratt & Whitney from January 2009 through January 2014, where he was responsible for the company’s global operations in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines for commercial and military aircraft. He joined Pratt & Whitney after four years as President of Hamilton Sundstrand, the UTC business where he began his professional career in 1979. Mr. Hess was a 10-year member on the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Board of Governors Executive Committee, serving as Chairman in 2012. Mr. Hess is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Hamilton College and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded an MIT Sloan Fellowship in 1989 and earned a master’s degree in management in 1990.
Other Current Affiliations: Mr. Hess is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and recently joined the Board of Directors for GKN Aerospace Transparency Systems, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hartford HealthCare. Mr. Hess was a member of the Aerospace Industries Association Board of Governors Executive Committee, where he served as Chairman in 2012.
Previous Directorships: Mr. Hess formerly served as Chairman of the International Aero Engines (IAE) Board of Directors and as a member of the Board of Directors for both Cytec Industries, Inc. (since acquired by Solvay) and RTI International Metals, Inc. RTI International Metals, Inc. was acquired by the Company in July 2015.
Attributes and Skills: Mr. Hess has had a distinguished career in the aerospace industry spanning nearly 38 years. His industry knowledge provides a strong background from which Arconic can benefit. His leadership and succession of key executive roles will provide strategic and operational perspectives to the deliberations of the Board.