• Boeing Names Michael Kurth as VP/GM Unmanned Airborne Systems

    David Pitchforth to lead Boeing Defence UK Ltd.

    LONDON,  December 17, 2012 - Boeing (NYSE: BA) has announced that company veteran and current managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd. (BDUK), Michael Kurth, will oversee Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs for Boeing Military Aircraft in the U.S., as of 1st January 2013. 

    David Pitchforth, managing director for Boeing’s UK Rotorcraft Support succeeds Kurth. In this position Pitchforth will oversee BDUK’s entire portfolio of products and services that support the Ministry of Defence and U.S. military programmes.

    Since joining Boeing in January 2009, Pitchforth has been responsible for managing rotorcraft support activities with profit & loss responsibility in the UK.  To fully leverage the breadth, depth and strength of the entire Boeing enterprise, Pitchforth will continue to work closely with the in-country team led by Sir Roger Bone, President Boeing UK Ltd., to bring the best of Boeing to its defence and commercial customers.

    Kurth will relocate to St. Louis, Missouri in the U.S. as vice president and general manager of Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick.

    "Mike Kurth has a sterling reputation for excellent performance within Boeing and in service to the United States,” said Chadwick.  “With his proven background in managing and executing diverse programmes, developing strong customer relationships and opening new markets for Boeing products, there’s no one in the enterprise more suited for this role.”
    The unmanned programmes have been part of a Missiles and Unmanned Airborne Systems division.  Effective Jan. 1, these programs will stand alone under Kurth to emphasize the unmanned market potential. 

    Kurth, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and graduate of the University of Wisconsin, joined Boeing in 1997. Prior to his current position in the UK, he led business development for what is known today as the Boeing Phantom Works advanced technology organisation.

    Prior to joining Boeing, Pitchforth was senior vice president, UK Government Business Unit and Westland Helicopters Transformation Director for AgustaWestland.  Until March 2005 David was Managing Director and Chairman of Jaguar Racing Formula-1 team, a role that he undertook at the request of the Ford Motor Company.

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    Photos of Kurth and Pitchforth are available at boeing.mediaroom.com.