Mitch Snyder was named Bell Helicopter’s president and chief executive officer in October 2015.

Mitch joined Bell Helicopter in 2004, and has held several leadership positions with the company. Most recently he served as executive vice president, Military Business, where he was responsible for providing strategic direction, overall management and performance for all government programs.

He spearheaded several of the company’s most significant initiatives, including the V-22 Program, as well as led the manufacturing centers.

Mitch has more than 30 years experience in the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to joining Bell, Mitch held several senior leadership positions at Lockheed Martin in engineering, business development, manufacturing and program management. He also has more than a decade of international experience working with customers throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

A proud graduate of Kansas State University, Mitch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He is also an Alumni Fellow and Hall of Fame Inductee selected for his distinguished service throughout his career in the industry.

He has also completed the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management Executive Course.

When he is not spending time with employees and customers, Mitch enjoys biking and tennis and spending time with his wife, Molly, and his three children.

Recently, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced that it has signed teaming agreement with Garmin International, Inc. on the development and integration of the autonomous vehicle management computer (VMC) systems to support Bell’s vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

Garmin has decades of avionics experience and a strong history of collaboration with Bell in bringing vertical lift aircraft to market. Garmin’s innovative systems will provide enhanced safety and situational awareness in all weather conditions.

In this collaboration, Bell will lead the design, development and production of VTOL systems. Garmin will lead the design, development and production of the avionics hardware and software needed for ODM vehicle management, including primary flight information, navigation/communication, flight guidance and flight management systems. As previously announced, Safran will provide the hybrid propulsion system for Bell’s VTOL aircraft.

Moreover, researchers from the US Army Research Laboratory and Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc., company, together will further advance the development of a micro unmanned aerial system or UAS. A spokesperson from Bell Helicopters noted that the main mission of this collaboration is to combine the resources of both establishments to develop technologies to protect soldiers. The work between ARL and Bell is one example of the many collaboration with industry and military. The benefit of this collaboration is to bring advanced technologies and capabilities to the warfighters of tomorrow.