HARTFORD, Connecticut USA – United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) announces the appointment of J. Thomas Bowler, Jr. as its Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organization. He succeeds William L. Bucknall, who will retire at the end of this year. Bowler will report to the Office of the Chief Executive.
Bowler, 55, joined UTC in 1979 at the corporation’s Pratt & Whitney unit. He has held the senior human resources positions at Pratt & Whitney and Carrier, and previously held executive positions at Carrier’s Asia Pacific Operations, Hamilton Sundstrand, and the former UT Automotive. Bowler joined UTC’s Corporate Office as Vice President, Human Resources, in May 2006.
He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received his master’s degree from Harvard University.
“Tom has had great exposure across UTC in his 28 year career to date. These experiences cover UTC’s commercial and aerospace companies, more recently the Corporate Office, and internationally for four years at Carrier’s Asia Pacific Operations Headquarters in Singapore,” said UTC President and Chief Operating Officer Louis Chênevert. “Tom and I first worked together at Pratt & Whitney, and I have the highest confidence in his abilities to lead this important function.”
Bucknall, 65, completes a 41 year career at UTC that began in 1966 at Pratt & Whitney. He was named the corporation’s Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organization, in 1992. His career at UTC also included heading the human resources organizations at the corporation’s Carrier and Otis business units. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Haven and master’s degree from the Sloan School at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Bill has made remarkable contributions over his tenure and especially in the 15 years he has been in his current position. He has helped us strengthen UTC’s management through both external recruiting and internal development. He has been a strong and effective force in relationships between UTC management and the board of directors and especially in working with the board’s Compensation Committee. And he has led UTC through remarkable and effective changes in UTC’s health care and other benefits plans and the development and implementation of compensation plans that have aligned the interests of executives and employees with shareholders,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George David.
“Bill and I have worked directly together for the 25 years since he joined me at Otis’ then North American Operations in 1981,” said David. “He has been a remarkable counselor and a good friend, and we will miss his many contributions.”
Bowler and Bucknall will jointly carry out their responsibilities during the next two months and complete a transition that has been in preparation for more than a year. David and Chênevert said they anticipate a seamless succession.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries. # # #