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XTI Aircraft names new CEOXTI Aircraft names new CEO

XTI Aircraft Co. of Denver announced that Robert J. LaBelle has become the firm’s new chief executive officer.

Bob LaBelle. Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft.LaBelle, formerly the CEO of AgustaWestland North America, succeeds XTI Aircraft’s interim CEO, Charlie Johnson, as the company works to develop the TriFan 600, a six-place aircraft designed to take off and land vertically, and cruise with the speed and range of a business jet, propelled and maneuvered by three ducted fans.

“I view this position with XTI as a unique opportunity to help bring to the commercial market and business jet market a revolutionary new aircraft that people have been seeking and dreaming about for over 100 years,” he said.

XTI Aircraft Founder David Brody credited Johnson with steering the company after predecessor CEO Jeff Pino died in the crash of his P-51 Mustang in Arizona on Feb. 5, 2016. Pino was a former CEO of Sikorsky Aircraft.

LaBelle takes over at XTI Aircraft after three years as CEO of AgustaWestland North America. Before that he served as president of AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Co., which supports development of the AW609 Tiltrotor. He joined AgustaWestland in 2004 after a Navy career as program manager for several aircraft, including the E-2 Hawkeye, C-2 Greyhound, F/A-18 Foreign Military Sales, and S-3B Viking, according to the announcement.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Bob step in and lead the TriFan 600 program,” said Johnson, who will continue serving on XTI’s board of directors.

Topics: Aviation Industry

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