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GENE MURPHY TO HEAD GE AIRCRAFT ENGINES

 FAIRFIELD, Conn., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Eugene F. Murphy, who has served as chief executive officer of two large, technology-driven GE businesses, has been named president and CEO of GE Aircraft Engines, effective September 1. In his new position, Murphy will succeed Brian H. Rowe, who will be chairman of GE Aircraft Engines until his retirement at the end of 1994.
 Murphy, 57, most recently served as president and CEO of GE Aerospace. Previously, he headed GE Communications and Services.
 Murphy's appointment was announced today by GE Chairman and CEO John F. Welch, Jr. Said Welch: "Gene Murphy has produced outstanding results in a broad range of leadership positions in global, customer- driven, high-technology businesses. His success at both GE Aerospace and GE Communications and Services makes him a natural to succeed Brian Rowe. The entire aircraft industry is going through significant change, and we believe Gene Murphy is the right person to lead this important GE business through this period."
 As chairman of GE Aircraft Engines, Rowe, 62, will help launch the
GE90, GE's new super-high-thrust powerplant. The GE90 will begin flight testing in 1994 and will enter airline service with British Airways in September 1995 on the Boeing 777. In April, the engine achieved a record-breaking 105,400 pounds of thrust within its first week of ground testing. To date, British Airways, China Southern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Euralair, International Lease Finance Corporation and Lauda Air have ordered a total of 60 firm and option GE90-powered 777s, at a value to GE of more than $1 billion.
 Said Welch: "Brian Rowe has had a legendary career at GE Aircraft Engines. He was instrumental in the introduction of the CF6 and CFM56 engines lines, which played a key role in building GE Aircraft Engines into a $7 billion business. Brian's experience and technology leadership will be invaluable in launching the GE90, the newest and largest engine in our stable of world-class engines."
 Murphy was CEO of GE Aerospace until its merger with Martin Marietta Corporation on April 2, 1993. He headed GE Communications and Services from 1986 to 1992.
 Murphy became a GE senior vice president when RCA merged with GE in 1986. Previously, he was an executive vice president of RCA, responsible for Communications and Electronic Services and the Corporate International Development division.
 He joined RCA Global Communications in 1964 and became president of the unit in 1976. He was elected an RCA group vice president in 1981 and executive vice president in 1984.
 Murphy holds a bachelor of arts degree from Queens College in New York and a J.D. degree from Fordham University. After service with the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned an LL.M. degree in international law from Georgetown University. He held legal positions with Metropolitan Life and the Central Intelligence Agency before joining RCA.
 Murphy is a member of the Board of Directors of Martin Marietta Corporation and a governor of the Aerospace Industries Association.
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