Force Protection names new COO

Force Protection has appointed Randy Hutcherson as new chief operating officer (COO) responsible for

Mr Hutcherson had joined the company as executive vice president for programs, global sales and business development in April 2009. Prior to Force Protection, he served at EADS North America as vice president of Tanker programs and vice president of Rotorcraft programs.

Previously, Mr Hutcherson was director of government affairs for Textron, with responsibility for developing, planning and implementing strategic communications to maximize congressional and executive support for programs and issues of interest for Textron and its subsidiary companies.

Mr Moody, said: "I am delighted to have Randy assume the role of chief operating officer. Since Randy's arrival less than a year ago, the level of professionalism and attention to detail have improved dramatically in his areas of responsibility.

"Our relationships with our customers have continued to develop under Randy's leadership. Randy's appointment will enable me to focus on the important work of driving forward with Force Protection's strategic plan."