Deloitte has tapped John Coykendall, a principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, to lead its U.S. aerospace and defense sector within the U.S. industrial products and construction practice.
Coykendall also was named Deloitte’s global aerospace and defense sector leader. He succeeds Robin Lineberger, who retires from Deloitte in May.
Coykendall will lead the overall strategic direction of the aerospace and defense sector, as well as the go-to-market strategies for Deloitte’s key businesses including audit and assurance, consulting, tax and risk and financial advisory services.
Paul Wellener, vice chairman at Deloitte LLP and U.S. industrial products and construction leader, said Coykendall is “well-positioned to help our clients transform amid the multidimensional challenges facing the sector, including and especially recovery from the pandemic.”
“We congratulate John on his new role and thank Robin for his exceptional leadership and contributions to the organization,” Wellener added.
Coykendall most recently was the consulting leader for Deloitte’s global industrial products and construction practice. Over his 25-year career, he has worked extensively with global companies with highly engineered products in the aerospace and defense, industrial products and automotive industries.
“The pandemic has created never-before-seen challenges and opportunities for the A&D sector,” Coykendall said. “While the long-term impacts for the commercial aerospace sector remain to be seen, rapid innovation in emerging and transformative technologies are ushering in a new era of aviation. I’m honored to take on this leadership role at such a pivotal time in the industry.”