RTI International Metals names new commercial executive

RTI International Metals Inc. announced Friday that Patricia A. O’Connell was appointed executive vice president-commercial, effective Monday. O’Connell will report to the company’s vice chair, president and CEO Dawne S. Hickton.

O’Connell’s career has spanned more than 20 years with a comprehensive and proven track record in sales, new business development, operations, material and supply, international business, strategy, executive management and customer relations turnaround, according to the company.

O’Connell most recently was president of customer business for the $1 billion defense, civil helicopters and small turbo props businesses of Rolls-Royce North America.

From 2008 to 2010, O’Connell held the positions of executive vice president at GE aviation and president, GE Civil Aviation Systems.

Prior to her role at GE, O’Connell spent 12 years at Rockwell Collins in various senior management and executive positions.

O’Connell will be accountable to strategically define and lead new business development opportunities and facilitate growth and expansion of existing and related business opportunities for the company, according to RTI, headquartered in Niles.

In this new role, she will have responsibility for the management of the corporate commercial team of the organization, working closely with the operations and technology teams.

O’Connell obtained her bachelor of science degree and her masters of business administration degree from the University of Iowa.