Pratt & Whitney Upgrades Bellemare

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Pratt & Whitney last week announced it is promoting Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) President Alain M. Bellemare to take on additional responsibility as executive vice president, Pratt & Whitney Strategy and Development, effective April 1. Bellemare will retain his current role at the Canada-based company while John Saabas, 47, executive vice president, Pratt & Whitney Canada, will assume increased responsibility to lead the company's day-to-day operations. In his expanded new role, Bellemare will lead the strategic planning and business development initiatives supporting Pratt and Whitney's short- and long-term business objectives. Bellemare, 45, will continue to report directly to Pratt & Whitney President Steve Finger. "I am very excited about this new challenge and look forward to taking a larger role in achieving Pratt & Whitney's growth objectives," said Bellemare.

"Throughout his career at P&WC, Alain has distinguished himself as a strong leader who delivers exceptional results," said Finger. "His broad knowledge and understanding of the aerospace industries and global business provide the necessary skills and experience to position Pratt & Whitney for the future." Bellemare joined Pratt & Whitney Canada as vice president, manufacturing in October 1996, was named executive vice president in June 2001, and was appointed president in June 2002. Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney Canada, Bellemare spent more than 12 years in a variety of engineering and manufacturing positions with Kraft Canada and Crown Cork & Seal Canada. Bellemare holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke and an MBA from McGill University in Montreal.