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Mayor Nutter Names EMBA Alumnus Co-Chair of Manufacturing Task Force


Villanova, PA, February 1, 2013 – William Hunt ’07 EMBA, chief executive officer for Agusta Westland, will serve as one of four co-chairs of Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s new Manufacturing Task Force.

Mayor Nutter established the Task Force to evaluate the state of manufacturing in Philadelphia and develop a strategy to promote and grow manufacturing for the region.

“Manufacturing has always been an important part of Philadelphia’s economy. By focusing our attention on manufacturing, our goal is to do everything we can to continue growing this fast-moving sector and ensure that Philadelphia is poised to be the place where innovative products are designed and made,” said Mayor Nutter.

In addition to Hunt, the Task Force will be co-chaired by City Councilman Bobby Henon, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Alan Greenberger, and Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Daniel Fitzpatrick.

Hunt said, “It is an honor to be invited to join this important Task Force as a co-Chairman. AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is ready and energized to support Mayor Nutter’s initiatives aimed at facilitating regional manufacturing growth. Having been part of AgustaWestland’s significant expansion and transformation in this region, I know that there is great potential for our team to leverage our knowledge and experience for the benefit of the Philadelphia manufacturing community.”

VSB Professor Robert West, who knew Hunt when he was enrolled in the EMBA program, said, “Bill was not just very strong in operations and systems as one might expect, he was solid across the board in finance, strategy, and marketing as well.  He was a strong class participant who had the complete respect of all of his peers in the program.  We wish Bill the best in his new role.”

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