David Joyce to head GE Aviation

General Electric yesterday announced the appointment of  David Joyce, 51, as president and CEO of GE Aviation. He  succeeds Scott Donnelly, who moves on to Textron as COO.

Joyce has been VP-commercial engines since 2003.

Joyce is a 21-year veteran of GE's engine business and becomes the first insider chosen to run the unit since the late Brian Rowe, who retired in 1993. 

"David is one of the best aviation minds in the world," GE chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt, said in a statement. "He knows the technology, he knows the people and issues in the industry and he knows what customers need."

As GM of the small commercial engine operation, Joyce led GE's successful bid to power China's ARJ21 regional jet. He also oversaw the certification programme for the CF34-8 for the CRJ900 and E170/175.

He joined GE in 1980 as a product engineer and spent 15 years in design and development of commercial and military engines.

Donnelly was at the helm at GE Aviation since July 2005.