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Textron Names Streker Vice President Human Resources


Streker will become an officer of the corporation

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today announced that Cathy A. Streker has been promoted to vice president Human Resources and Benefits, effective immediately. In addition, she will serve as an officer of the corporation. She succeeds George E. Metzger, who is retiring from the company on January 1, 2008 after 22 years of service. Streker will report directly to Textron Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer John D. Butler.

In this critical executive role, Streker will be responsible for developing Textron’s global human resources strategy to support our domestic and international growth opportunities across the company. She also will play an integral role on the company-wide Human Resources Leadership Team, comprised of the top human resources executives of Textron’s business units such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft and others, and will continue to be a member of Textron’s Strategy Council.

“Cathy is a proven, seasoned executive who has earned the trust and respect of her colleagues through a 21-year track record of success in increasingly demanding positions,” said Butler. “Textron is committed to developing our high-potential talent and offering them diverse and challenging career opportunities. Cathy has seized these opportunities and has grown to become one of our finest leaders.”

Since joining the company in 1986, Streker has held positions of increased responsibility spanning various aspects of information technology and human resources, including employee benefits and planning, supplier management and operation. She also led the Program Management Office of “HR Invent”, one of the company’s most transformational human resources programs. For the past three years, Streker has served as executive director, Human Resources, reporting to Textron Executive Vice President Mary Howell. In this critical role, she helped drive growth initiatives across the company, partnering with Customer Leadership/Marketing, International Business Development, Investor Relations, Government Affairs, Corporate Communications and Strategy Development to assess, organize and develop the company’s talent to position the company for future success. She also provided strategic human resources support to the company’s India and Shanghai offices, aiding Textron’s international expansion efforts.

Streker earned a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and a master’s in Business Administration from Bryant University. She also is a certified Textron Six Sigma Green Belt. Streker completed numerous Textron-sponsored certificate programs at the American International School of Management, Center for Creative Leadership, Ohio State University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She also was selected for the prestigious “Leadership Rhode Island” program, which she completed in 2001.

Metzger retires after 22 years with Textron, where he served in executive HR roles at Textron Aerostructures, Textron Lycoming and Bell Helicopter before joining the company’s Corporate Headquarters staff in 1999.

Butler commented, “George has made a significant difference in the evolution of the human resources function at Textron, working tirelessly and with great passion to develop even more effective strategies and systems to help our people be the best they can be. On behalf of the entire Textron Leadership Team, I thank George for his numerous contributions to our company.”


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