Robert F. Leduc ’78
Honorary Doctor of Business, Commencement Address
Advisor, Advent International and Former President, Hamilton Sundstrand Flight Systems
Robert F. Leduc ’78 has been a leader in the aircraft industry for decades, understanding the field at every level of development. In 2014, he retired after 10 years as president of Hamilton Sundstrand Flight Systems, a market innovator in the design, manufacture and service of military, commercial and business aircraft systems. Mr. Leduc currently serves as an advisor at Advent International, headquartered in Boston and one of the world’s largest international private equity firms.
Mr. Leduc began his career in 1978 as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney, and rose through positions of increasing responsibility to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney business unit in 2000. During his tenure with the corporation, he served as chief operating officer, executive vice president and then president of Commercial Engines, Pratt’s largest business segment. Mr. Leduc also was a board member of the Wings Club.
Mr. Leduc is committed to giving back to his alma mater and to the community. He has served as a trustee of the UMass Dartmouth Foundation since 2010. He and his wife, Jeanne, founded the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement in 2011 to encourage students to apply their learning to benefit their communities. Through Leduc’s encouragement, United Technologies Corp. /Aerospace Systems has sponsored a College of Engineering Capstone Senior Design Project for the last two academic years. Mr. Leduc graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1978 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.