Textron has appointed Lisa Atherton as president and CEO of Bell.
Atherton, who was most recently the chief operating officer of Bell, succeeds Mitch Snyder at the end of this month, who will be retiring after more than seven years as president and CEO of Bell and nearly 20 years with the company.
Atherton served as president and CEO of Textron Systems from 2017 until January 2023 when she was named chief operating officer at Bell. She joined Textron Defense Systems in 2007 and transitioned to Bell in 2013, where she held a number of leadership positions, including executive vice president, Military Business. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, she served eight years at the US Air Force Air Combat Command’s Directorate of Requirements.
Commenting on the transition, Scott C. Donnelly, Textron’s chairman and CEO said, “Lisa has done an outstanding job of building strong teams at Bell and Textron Systems in her 16 years with the company and has earned the confidence of our customers. Under her leadership, Bell will continue its strong execution across military and commercial programs and I am confident that she will provide the strategic vision to generate future growth for Bell.
“I also want to thank Mitch for his leadership. During his tenure, Mitch oversaw the development of new technologies and product innovations, significant wins in Bell’s military business and the expansion of our commercial programs.”