Airbus Americas has named David Paul Hills as director, research and technology (R&T)-Airbus Americas, effective May 1. Hills, formerly with Airbus Operations in the UK, will be based at Airbus Americas headquarters in Herndon, Va. The new position is part of the manufacturer’s plan to double its investment in the US economy over the next 20 years.

“As we continue to grow our operations in the US, it has become rapidly apparent that we need an expert to identify new opportunities in the North American R&T community,” Airbus Americas president and CEO Barry Eccleston said.