Global aerospace and defense contractor AAR has hired Marcus Jadotte as vice president of public affairs.
Jadotte, who served most recently as assistant secretary for the U.S. Commerce Department, will establish a new AAR office in Washington, D.C., and will be in charge of driving growth and increasing relationships with government officials.
"I am very excited that Marcus will be bringing his government and trade experience to AAR," David P. Storch, chairman, CEO and president of AAR, said. "Marcus has demonstrated a strength in identifying new markets and bringing resources together to create best-in-class solutions for customers around the world."
Jadotte's role for the company will build on government-relations progress made by Cheryle Jackson, recently named as president of AAR Africa.
"During his time at the Commerce Department, Marcus helped many U.S. companies identify and form trade partnerships around the world," Jackson said. "We are delighted that he has agreed to add his unique blend of government experience and business intelligence to the AAR team as we work to expand our business with the U.S. government and its allies."
Jadotte has also served as vice president of public affairs and multicultural development for NASCAR as the first African-American officer in NASCAR history. He also worked as chief of staff for two U.S. congressmen and served in the Labor Department during the Clinton administration. Savoy magazine named Jadotte as one of the "Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America" in 2014.