Bell Helicopter Announces European Customer Support and Services Regional Sales Manager

October 17, 2014

Role furthers Bell Helicopter’s commitment to aftermarket support and services in the region

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 17, 2014)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, (NYSE: TXT), announced that Vit Pavelec will assume the role of the European Regional Sales Manager for the Customer Support and Services organization, responsible for overseeing the aftermarket sales activities within Europe. Pavelec will be based at the Bell Helicopter Prague facility.

The announcement is one of several key European aftermarket support activities implemented by Bell Helicopter in the past several months. In July, the company announced its facility in Prague, Czech Republic would serve as its official customization, delivery and aftermarket service center for Europe. On Tuesday, the company announced a collaboration with sister company TRU Simulation + Training to open a new Bell Helicopter training center in Valencia, Spain.

“Bell Helicopter has seen tremendous growth in the number of aircraft operating in Europe, and we are committed to supporting our customers beyond the sale of the aircraft as well,” said Jason Johnson, director, sales and support for Bell Helicopter’s Customer Support and Services organization. “We are pleased to welcome Vit to the Bell Helicopter team as part of our comprehensive strategy to ensure a strong, regional aftermarket support network.”

Pavelec joins Bell Helicopter from Honeywell International, where he was most recently a program manager for the EMEA region. His experience includes contract negotiations, green field sales branch development, fixed wing and rotorcraft sales programs, business transition projects and market strategy development and implementation. Pavelec holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Air Traffic Management from Czech Technical University.

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Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor 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.

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