Textron Names Richard Millman President & CEO of Bell Helicopter

January 18, 2007

Frank Tempesta Named President of Textron Systems

Providence, RI – January 18, 2007 – Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today announced that Richard J. Millman has been named president and CEO of its Bell Helicopter unit and head of the company's Bell segment. He replaces Michael Redenbaugh, who has resigned from the company. In turn, Frank Tempesta has been named president of Textron Systems, succeeding Millman.

"With the tremendous growth trajectory anticipated for Bell Helicopter, we are putting a strong operations executive in place to ensure we meet the current and future needs of our customers. There are wonderful growth opportunities ahead, and we are accelerating our focus on execution to ensure we make the most of them," said Textron Chairman, President and CEO Lewis B. Campbell.

Millman, a seasoned, 20-year veteran of Textron, most recently served as president of Textron Systems – a $1 billion business unit that produces specialty marine craft, armored vehicles, advanced weapon and sensor systems, aircraft engines and controls, and intelligence products for aerospace, defense and homeland security customers.

"For more than two decades, Dick has been an outstanding leader at Textron," Campbell continued. "His track record of performance – on both the growth and operations management sides of the equation – is exemplary. He is an experienced prime contractor to government customers, successfully producing complex finished products and systems for aerospace and defense applications."

Prior to assuming his current position in 1995, Millman served as Textron's vice president, office of the chairman, overseeing strategic planning and operations services and responsible for improving costs and efficiencies across the corporation. From 1987 to 1994, Millman was president of HR Textron, a supplier of hydraulic and control systems for NASA and major aircraft manufacturers. He joined Textron after a 20-year career at Avco Corporation, acquired by Textron in 1986. Millman holds a BS degree in electrical engineering from MIT, and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University.

Commenting on Redenbaugh's departure, Campbell said, "Under Mike's leadership, Bell achieved many significant program and product milestones and reinvigorated its growth prospects. We appreciate Mike's efforts and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Tempesta Named President of Textron Systems

Frank Tempesta, who succeeds Millman as president of Textron Systems, most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the business, overseeing day to day operations of Textron Systems' six operating units. With this promotion, Tempesta joins Textron's Transformation Leadership Team, comprised of the top operating and functional leaders of the corporation.

During a career spanning more than 20 years at Textron Systems, Tempesta has held myriad leadership positions in engineering, product development, program management and operations. He joined Textron after a 20-year career at Avco Corporation, acquired by Textron in 1986. Tempesta also served in the U.S. Army and NASA. He holds both bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University.

"The fact that we have internal executives ready to step into these two critical roles is testimony to our leadership bench strength and succession planning process," Campbell noted.

About Bell Helicopter

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems Corporation ("Textron Systems") provides innovative technology solutions to meet the needs of the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities. The company is known for its precision smart weapons, surveillance systems, complex intelligence and communications systems, aircraft controls, piston engines, specialty marine craft and armored vehicles. Textron Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avco Corporation. Avco Corporation is wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.systems.textron.com.

About Textron

Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company operating in 33 countries with approximately 37,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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