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John L. Garrison, Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
John Garrison was named Bell Helicopter’s president and chief executive officer in July 2009.
Prior to joining Bell, he served as president of Textron’s Industrial segment, which comprises four businesses: E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Jacobsen and Kautex. Before that, he was president of E-Z-GO. John joined Textron in 2002 from Azurix Corporation, a global water company, where he was chairman, president and CEO. He previously was vice president and general manager of Case Corporation’s North American Agricultural Group and vice president and general manager for Case’s Agricultural Systems Group.
John earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University, and his bachelor’s degree in engineering from West Point (Class of 1982). He also completed Textron’s Global Leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He served 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Ranger qualified artilleryman and taught in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
John serves as board president for the American Helicopter Society International, a board member for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and as a cabinet member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s American Patriots Campaign. He is also a member of Textron’s executive leadership team.