Rolls-Royce has appointed Ken Roberts as President, Helicopter Engines, effective immediately. Roberts, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, will be responsible for the global leadership of the company’s helicopter engine business.
Prior to this appointment, Ken served as Executive Vice President of Helicopters with overall responsibility for strategy, business development and other areas. He also led a team of regional vice presidents focused on customer and partner relationships.
Since joining Rolls-Royce in 1981 Roberts has held a range of roles in various businesses including Vice President of Marketing- Corporate and Regional Aircraft and Vice President of Business Development-Defense North America. He has also served in several strategy, planning, commercial and consultancy positions.
Roberts holds a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University Bloomington and is a graduate of Ball State University in Indiana.
Roberts succeeds Scott Crislip, who recently left the company to pursue another opportunity closer to his family.
Rolls-Royce produces several turboshaft engines available throughout the world, with a power ranging from 300 shaft horsepower to more than 6,000shp. A fleet of over 17,000 Rolls-Royce turboshaft engines -- powering light aircraft, helicopters and uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs), in both civil and military markets -- has accumulated 180 million flying hours.