Embraer today announced changes in the leadership for Defense & Security. The company appointed Jake Williams as the new Vice President of Business Development & Sales for Embraer Defense & Security (EDS) in North America. The change will take effect in November 2023. Bruce Bunin will retire from his position, after a distinguished aerospace career and will assist in the transition to Jake and in support of special projects.
Jake Williams joins Embraer from the L3Harris Corporation where he was Director of Business Development, Strategy and Partnerships for JADC2 and C4ISR Programs. Over his 20-year career he has held a variety of Business Development and Program Management assignments on modernization and upgrades of multiple fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. His experience includes international assignments as well as the formation of his own successful aerospace consulting company. Williams will be based in Melbourne, Florida.
"We are delighted to have Jake Williams join the Embraer team in this strategic position," said Frederico Lemos, Chief Commercial Officer of Embraer Defense & Security. "North America is a key defense market for Embraer, and we see solid opportunities to continue the growth path for Embraer Defense in the region, with solutions such as the C-390 Millennium. This is an important time for us in North America, and we are confident Jake will build on the successes of Bruce and the team."
Bruce Bunin joined Embraer in 2016 coming from McDonnell Douglas and Boeing where he held executive leadership positions in Program Management, Business Development, and Engineering on military and commercial programs. At Embraer he has been responsible for business development and sales of Embraer products to government and military customers in North America. He also played a critical role in the formation and execution of industrial partnerships with US companies.
"I speak on behalf of entire Embraer team in expressing my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Bruce Bunin for his tireless dedication and numerous accomplishments during his time at Embraer," said Frederico Lemos, CCO Embraer Defense & Security. "Bruce has successfully positioned Embraer as a recognized and respected defense and security company in North America. And through his knowledge, experience, and teamwork, he has made significant contributions to successful sales campaigns of Embraer products and services worldwide. We wish him all the best in his retirement."