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New African leadership for Rolls-Royce

Kelly has stated his commitment to growing partnerships across Africa. (Image source: Rolls-Royce)

Rolls-Royce has appointed John Kelly to the position of president – Middle East, Türkiye and Africa (META)

Kelly joined Rolls-Royce more than twenty years ago and has spent six years as senior vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa for the group’s civil aerospace business.

In his new role, Kelly will assume group-wide leadership and representation for the group’s civil aerospace, power systems and defence businesses across the META region.

Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea and on land and employs more than 150 people across Africa with an extensive reach across the region. The civil aerospace business serves more than 20 African airline customers and the company has more than 50% market share in powering the African widebody aircraft market, with engines installed on greater than 80 widebody aircraft in service and another 30 on order. Rolls-Royce also powers a large proportion of the regional aircraft market, with over 95 aircraft in service. 

Rolls-Royce power systems Africa provides solutions and complete life-cycle support and helps facilitate Africa’s growing power generation, marine, rail and industrial sectors, providing vital power solutions to datacentres, mining, oil and gas, shipping, locomotive and agriculture companies across the continent.

Rolls-Royce defence innovates power and propulsion solutions to meet operational requirements to protect, secure and explore. The company works closely with several African governments, serving many defence forces.

“Africa is the world’s second-most populous continent and on target to become the first to grow its economies solely through modern technologies and sustainable low-carbon energy sources. This rapidly developing and innovative region is vital to Rolls-Royce’s future,” commented Kelly.

“I will aim to ensure we build upon our foundations while supporting transformative economic growth, climate resilience and an energy transition that is right for Africa. While we are renowned for excellence in civil aerospace, we will leverage opportunities for all the Rolls-Royce businesses, providing safety-critical power and propulsion solutions for Africa’s major infrastructure projects and industrial customers. Our technology can play a fundamental role in enabling the transition to a low carbon global economy.”