American Eurocopter has named Samuel Adcock to the position of vice president-general manager of the company’s helicopter production plant in Columbus. He now oversees all operations at the Mississippi plant, is a member of the American Eurocopter Executive Committee and reports directly to president and chief executive Marc Paganini. Adcock has been EADS North America’s senior vice president of strategy and business development. He previously served as senior vice president for government affairs for EADS North America.
Adcock was one of the architects of the EADS industrial strategy that led to the decision by American Eurocopter to invest in development of the Columbus helicopter production facility. He played a major role in obtaining the cooperation of federal, state and local governments.
Adcock has more than 20 years of experience in Washington, D.C., having served in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government. Prior to 1997, he served as director of defense and security policy for the majority leader of the U.S. Senate and for more than five years was legislative director for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss). He moved to the private industry in 1997 when he left Capitol Hill to work for Daimler-Benz as vice president for government and business relations. After the merger of Daimler-Benz and Chrysler, his responsibilities changed to focus on coordination of the legislative agenda for DaimlerChrysler and facilitating government-related business development projects.
In 1997, Adcock was appointed to serve on the Long Range Air Power Panel, a Congressionally-mandated review designed to assess the nation’s bomber capabilities and recommendations on future development activities. In 2002, he was appointed to serve one term on the Defense Science Board.
An alumnus of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, with a master’s degree in public administration, Adcock was selected to the Presidential Management Internship program in 1987. That led to the start of his federal government career with the U.S. Navy’s Supervisor of Shipbuilding.
Earl Walker, currently senior director and general manager in Columbus, will assume the new position of senior director, government relations and will report to Adcock. Walker joined American Eurocopter in 2006 as Manager of Human Resources for the Columbus facility and assumed the role of Senior Director and General Manager in 2010. He is a native of Mississippi and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University.