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Deloitte appoints aerospace defence sector lead

Additionally, Coykendall was named Deloitte's global aerospace and defense sector leader, succeeding his predecessor Robin Lineberger, who will be retiring from Deloitte in May 2021

Deloitte has announced the appointment of John Coykendall to lead its U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) sector within the U.S. industrial products and construction practice.

Additionally, Coykendall was named Deloitte’s global aerospace and defense sector leader, succeeding his predecessor Robin Lineberger, who will be retiring from Deloitte in May 2021.

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, Coykendall will lead the “overall strategic direction” of the A&D sector, as well as the “go-to-market strategies” for Deloitte’s key businesses including audit & assurance, consulting, tax and risk & financial advisory services.

Most recently, Coykendall served as the consulting leader for Deloitte’s global industrial products and construction practice. Over his 25-year career, he has worked with global companies with “highly engineered products” in the A&D, industrial products and automotive industries.

Paul Wellener, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. industrial products and construction leader, said: “We are confident John’s sector, client and leadership experience will provide an excellent foundation to continue our momentum in the A&D market.

“He is well-positioned to help our clients transform amid the multidimensional challenges facing the sector, including and especially recovery from the pandemic. We congratulate John on his new role and thank Robin for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the organization.”

Commenting on his new role, Coykendall added: “The pandemic has created never-before-seen challenges and opportunities for the A&D sector.

“I look forward to helping our clients, across the sector, navigate the complex and bold moves required to accelerate adoption of industry 4.0 and other generational step-changes that are expected to drive growth and shape the industry of the future.”

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