Brockworth, United Kingdom – Dowty Propellers today announced that Henry Johnston will succeed Oliver Towers as President of the UK-based producer of propeller systems utilised on military airlifters, commercial airliners, multi-role seaplanes and marine hovercraft.

Johnston was promoted from his position as Dowty Propellers’ Services Executive, in which he served since 2019. He joined Dowty Propellers as a sales director in 2011. Following roles in sales, Johnston was the acting Product Leader for two years. Through these responsibilities, he developed a deep knowledge of the company’s products and the propeller marketplace. He began his career with BAE Systems in 2003, working in engineering, supply chain, and business development – gaining a broad business background through experience in operations management, product lifecycle management, programme management and design engineering.

Johnston holds a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, and has completed a Master’s in Business Administration.

He succeeds Oliver Towers, who retired as Dowty Propellers’ President on 30 June, concluding an aerospace industry career spanning nearly four decades. Towers came to Dowty Propellers more than 12 years ago. Previously, Towers worked at Smiths Aerospace, Rolls-Royce and International Aero Engines.

About Dowty Propellers 

As a leader in the development, manufacture and support of electronically controlled, all-composite propeller systems, Dowty Propellers provides solutions for the propulsion needs of today and tomorrow. Its products are used in applications that range from commercial airliners and military airlifters to multi-role seaplanes and marine hovercraft. With a proven record of product development, introduction and support, Dowty Propellers continually invests in technologies, production capabilities and human resources – resulting in propeller systems that are safe, efficient and reliable.  Its history of firsts-to-market includes the all-composite propeller blade and full-authority digital propeller control.  More than 23,000 advanced composite blades have been delivered to date by Dowty Propellers, with the lead blade logging over 45,000 hours of flight time.