RTI International Metals, Inc., (NYSE: RTI) announced today that Patricia A. O’Connell has been appointed Executive Vice President – Commercial, effective January 14, 2013. Ms. O’Connell will report to the Company’s Vice Chair, President and CEO Dawne S. Hickton.
Ms. O’Connell’s career has spanned over 20 years with a comprehensive and proven track record in sales, new business development, operations, material and supply, international business, strategy, executive management and customer relations turnaround. O’Connell most recently was president of customer business for the $1 billion defense, civil helicopters and small turbo props businesses of Rolls-Royce North America. From 2008 to 2010, O’Connell held the positions of Executive Vice President at GE Aviation and President, GE Civil Aviation Systems. Prior to her role at GE, O’Connell spent 12 years at Rockwell Collins in various senior management and executive positions.
O’Connell will be accountable to strategically define and lead new business development opportunities and facilitate growth and expansion of existing and related business opportunities for the Company. In this new role, she will have responsibility for the management of the corporate commercial team of the organization, working closely with the operations and technology teams.
Ms. O’Connell obtained her Bachelor of Science degree and her Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa.
“We are very fortunate to have an executive of Patricia’s caliber join the RTI team and help us advance to the next level of our global growth strategies. Her depth of experience, leadership acumen and successful track record are important assets to our continued success,” said Dawne Hickton, Vice Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of RTI International Metals, Inc.
RTI International Metals, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, specializes in advanced titanium, meeting the requirements of the world's most technologically sophisticated applications in aerospace, defense, propulsion, medical device, energy, industrial, and chemical markets. For over 60 years, RTI has been taking titanium further through advanced manufacturing, engineering, machining, and forming processes. RTI delivers titanium mill products, extruded shapes, form-ready parts, and highly engineered components through our downstream-integrated supply chain. RTI has locations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.