UTC nabs Airbus exec to oversee technology, research center


Farmington manufacturer United Technologies Corp. says it has hired Airbus' top technology officer Paul Eremenko to head its technology team.

Eremenko, who is chief technology officer at Airbus, will join UTC as its senior vice president and chief technology officer on Jan. 1. He will lead the company's research, engineering and development activities for both aerospace and building systems, and oversee the United Technologies Research Center, said UTC CEO Greg Hayes.

Eremenko succeeds J. Michael McQuade, who will retire next year, but remain with UTC through early 2018.

Hayes called Eremenko a "transformative leader" with substantial experience in both aerospace and commercial technologies. His charge will be to "accelerate innovation" that will benefit customers, Hayes said.

Eremenko's past experience includes serving as the founding CEO of A^3 by Airbus Group. He also has held leadership roles at Google, Motorola Mobility and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Eremenko reportedly left Google to work at Airbus in 2015, but clashed with Airbus' chief engineer Charles Champion, who is about to retire, according to Reuters.