Rolls-Royce announces new chief

22nd April 2015, Comments 0 comments

Rolls-Royce, the British maker of aircraft engines, unveiled on Wednesday a new chief executive days after announcing a record deal.

John Rishton will retire from the top post on July 2 to be replaced by Warren East, a non-executive director at the company and former chief executive of British semiconductor manufacturer ARM Holdings.

"I am delighted to be appointed as chief executive of Rolls-Royce," East said in a statement.

"It is well positioned in growth markets, with world class engineering skills and a proud record of innovation and delivery."

Rishton said that after 14 years as a chief executive and chief financial officer it was "time for a change in lifestyle".

He added: "We have made good progress transforming Rolls-Royce and have a strong team in place. While there is clearly more to do, the company is better placed to face the future."

Rolls last week said it had won a contract from Dubai's Emirates Airline worth a record $9.2-billion to supply and maintain Trent 900 engines for 50 Airbus A380 superjumbos.

The deal is the biggest ever for Rolls-Royce and one of the largest ever export orders for a UK-based company.

It was a major boost after the company in February slashed its earnings forecasts, blaming tumbling oil prices which have hurt revenues at Rolls' marine offshore division.

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