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12:48 PM, October 23, 2015

Bell Helicopter has appointed Lisa Atherton as executive vice-president of military business.

In this role, Atherton will be responsible for providing strategic direction, overall management and performance for all government programs and business development efforts. Atherton succeeds Mitch Snyder who was recently appointed Bell Helicopter president and CEO, the company announced Thursday.

Prior to her new role, Atherton served as Bell Helicopter's vice president of global military business development, where she led the combined domestic and international military business development activities, culminating in this year's foreign military sales agreements for both the V-22 and H-1 programs.

Prior to joining Bell Helicopter, Atherton was the vice president of Area Attack at Textron Defense Systems.  She also had served as an officer in the United States Air Force.