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Chester Paul Beach, Jr.

United Technologies Corp
Vice President, International Trade Compliance
Farmington, CT, USA


Paul Beach serves as Vice President, International Trade Compliance at United Technologies, having formerly served as Associate General Counsel from January 2003 to April 2014.  Since January 2009, he has been the senior UTC executive responsible to lead and drive UTC’s international trade compliance program.  As such, he chairs the UTC-wide International Trade Compliance Council and supervises UTC’s Washington-based Corporate International Trade Compliance Office and the enterprise-wide International Trade Compliance Program Office. 

A graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A. political science magna cum laude) and the University of Chicago Law School, Paul served on active duty as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army in Germany and Washington, DC from 1981 to 1987.  He holds the Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.

After brief service as a civilian attorney-advisor in the Department of Defense General Counsel’s office, Paul was appointed Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of the Navy in August 1987, and subsequently served as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of the Navy from August 1989 to June 1991.  During his Navy service, Paul directed the Navy’s administrative response to the “Ill Wind” procurement fraud investigation; led the Department of the Navy Management Review that reorganized the Navy Secretariat and identified $11 billion in savings in the Navy shore establishment; and headed an investigation of the Navy’s A-12 aircraft development program.  From June 1991 to February 1992, and September 1992 to January 1993, Paul served as Associate Counsel to President Bush with primary responsibility for matters associated with the Iran-Contra Independent Counsel investigation.  From February 1992 to January 1993, Paul also served as Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Defense and Deputy Director, Defense Legal Services Agency, including five months as Acting General Counsel.  In January 1993, the Secretary of Defense awarded Paul the DoD Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Paul joined United Technologies in February 1993 as Assistant General Counsel in the Corporate Office.  He transferred to Pratt & Whitney as Associate Counsel in September 1993, and established an industry-leading program to combat counterfeit and unapproved replacement parts and protect Pratt’s proprietary part design information.  In June 1995, Paul was promoted to Vice President, Contracts Management in Pratt’s Large Commercial Engines business, where he built a new organization and established ISO 9001-compliant processes to bring focus and discipline to Pratt’s commercial sales contracting activities.  Paul then served as Vice President and General Counsel of UTC’s Hamilton Standard division, and its successor Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation, from November 1996 through June 1999.  At Hamilton Standard, Paul played a leading role in resolving serious product liability litigation, establishing new product safety policies and procedures, acquiring Hamilton’s Ratier-Figeac and HS-Marston subsidiaries and integrating the Hamilton Standard and Sundstrand Corporation legal organizations following their May 1999 merger.  Paul rejoined Pratt & Whitney as Vice President and General Counsel in July 1999, where he led a 175-member team (including 50 lawyers) in providing comprehensive legal services to one of the world’s leading aero and land-based gas turbine and space propulsion companies, with more than 30,000 employees and annual sales exceeding $7.5 billion.  Paul also served as a director of RD Amross, LLC, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and the Russian enterprise NPO Energomash that manufactures and sells the RD-180 rocket booster. 

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Paul is President of the Board of Trustees of the Connecticut Historical Society.  He has also served as Chair of the Community Investment Leadership Council and a Director of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut; President of the Old State House Association; President of the Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel Alumni Association; and Director of the American Prosecutors Research Institute.

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