GE Aviation CEO David Joyce speaks at a 2009 industry event Justin Hession, Getty Images
<p>GE Aviation CEO David Joyce speaks at a 2009 industry event. Joyce was named a vice chairman of the company, reflecting the rise of its aerospace manufacturing.</p>

GE Tabs Aviation Chief as Vice Chairman in Aerospace Nod

David Joyce has spurred growth as CEO of GE Aviation &mdash; which also includes additive manufacturing &mdash; with sales up 28% last year to almost $25 billion.

General Electric Co. picked the head of its jet-engine business to become a vice chairman, reflecting the increasing prominence of aerospace manufacturing within the company.

David Joyce, chief executive officer of GE Aviation since 2008, will oversee that business and 3-D technology, GE said in a statement Monday. He was appointed leader of 3-D printing operations on Sept. 6 as the Boston-based company announced plans to acquire a pair of companies in the field.

Joyce has held several roles in GE’s military- and commercial-engine operations since joining the company in 1980. Under Joyce, GE Aviation has become GE’s largest division, with sales increasing 28% in that span to $24.7 billion last year.

GE, through the CFM International venture with France’s Safran SA, recently introduced the Leap engine, a fuel-efficient model powering new aircraft from Boeing Co. and Airbus Group SE.

Joyce joins John Rice, who runs GE’s global operations, and Beth Comstock, the head of business innovations, as vice chairmen. Keith Sherin, who has held the title since 2007, plans to retire at year-end. GE vice chairmen don’t hold seats on the board.—

By Richard Clough

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