David Pitchforth is president of Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) Global Operations, responsible for Boeing’s global subsidiaries, Boeing Defence Australia, Boeing Defense Saudi Arabia, and Boeing Defence United Kingdom. In his role as president, Pitchforth reports directly to BDS president and CEO Leanne Caret. He was named to this position in December 2016. Pitchforth also serves as managing director of Boeing Defence UK.
Pitchforth joined Boeing in January 2009 as managing director for Boeing’s UK Rotorcraft Support business. Responsible for coordinating the company’s rotorcraft support activities and business development in the UK, Pitchforth was the single customer interface for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in this area of Boeing’s UK business. This included the UK portfolio of rotorcraft support activities of Apache Integrated Operational Support programme; and the highly successful Chinook Through Life Customer Support programme.
Before joining Boeing, Pitchforth was senior vice president, UK Government Business Unit and Westland Helicopters transformation director for AgustaWestland, now Leonardo Helicopters. Along with the set-up and lead for all business with the MOD and other government agencies, David was responsible for AgustaWestland’s transformation associated with the defence industrial strategy and strategic partnering between the company and the MOD.
Until March 2005 Pitchforth was managing director and chairman of Jaguar Racing Formula-1 team, a role that he undertook at the request of Ford Motor Company. Taking over the company in a troubled state, he completed a full organisational restructuring of the company and engineering disciplines resulting in improved performance while delivering a 31% reduction in cost.
Originally from Yorkshire, England, Pitchforth spent the first 15 years of his career in Europe and North America’s automotive transportation industries working with turbochargers and high speed fans for a tier-1 equipment, research, and technology supplier.
Before joining Ford, Pitchforth was managing director and chairman for the Auto Research Center, a Honda-Reynard joint-venture. He also worked as manager of Product Development/Test Engineering & Facility Services for Schwitzer US, Inc., a division of Latterly-BorgWarner, and he held multiple positions in test engineering for Schwitzer (Europe) Ltd., in the UK.
David holds a degree in design engineering from the Open University, a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in design engineering and an Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) in mechanical and production engineering from Huddersfield Polytechnic. He completed a certificated apprenticeship with the Engineering industry Training Board.