Andreas Schell has been appointed as chief executive of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

He will join the company later this year from UTC Aerospace Systems and will work alongside the current chief excutive Dr Ulrich Dohle, who will retire at the end of the year.

Rolls Royce chief executive Warren East said: “I am delighted that Andreas Schell will be joining Rolls-Royce. He is an enthusiastic leader with experience in dealing with large, complex businesses. He has a thorough understanding of product and market development and a passion for outstanding engineering and operational excellence.

“He also understands the challenges and opportunities that are presented by digital technologies and techniques. I am looking forward to working closely with him.”

East added that outgoing power systems boss Dr Dohle had been “instrumental in bringing the business fully into Rolls-Royce and setting out its transformation agenda.”

In his current role with UTC Aerospace Systems, Schell is vice-president of Digital Strategy, with responsibility for creating new digital tools and services.

Previously he worked at Chrysler and Daimler-Benz. He has an MBA from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, with a specialization in energy systems engineering, from Technische Universität Clausthal in Germany.

He is a member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).