Kelly Ortberg is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rockwell
Collins, a global leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions. When Ortberg
was named CEO in 2013, his number one mission was to accelerate the company's
growth by capitalizing on strong positions Rockwell Collins has secured on the
world's leading aircraft, expanding global business initiatives, repositioning
the company's Government Systems portfolio, and leading the charge to transform
the aviation ecosphere through new information management services.
Under Ortberg's leadership, Rockwell Collins has been added to the Fortune
500 list with more than $5 billion in annual revenues; has been named one of
"America's Best Largest Employers" by Forbes magazine two years in a row; and is
the only aerospace and defense company named as one of the "World's Most Ethical
Companies" by The Ethisphere Institute.
He also guided Rockwell Collins through the largest acquisition in the
company's history with the purchase of ARINC in 2013. The move marked a new
strategic direction for the company with the creation of its Information
Management Services business, which provides a broad range of connectivity and
network services for aviation, rail and critical infrastructure customers.
Ortberg's experience leading teams throughout his career at Rockwell Collins,
which began as a program manager in 1987, taught him the importance of an
engaged and motivated workforce. As executive vice president and chief operating
officer of the company's Government Systems business, a position he held from
2010 to 2012, Ortberg was challenged with managing through the effects of
sequestration, and yet was able to keep his team focused on achieving key
program wins that are helping fuel the company's long-term growth.
As chief operating officer of the company's Commercial Systems business from
2006 to 2012, Ortberg motivated his teams to innovate and create Rockwell
Collins' highly successful Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system, selected
by manufacturers across the globe for platforms ranging from turboprop, light
jet and rotary-wing aircraft to air transport and military tanker aircraft.
Ortberg's dedication to superior customer value played a key role in a string
of high profile program wins under his leadership, including Airbus A350 XWB,
Bombardier C Series, Boeing 787, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 777X. In addition,
Rockwell Collins has been named as a supplier of choice by aircraft original
equipment manufacturers across the globe.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Ortberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in
Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa. Today, he continues to
encourage students to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
careers. He serves on The University of Iowa Engineering Advisory Board; is
co-chairman of the board of directors of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition
of Science and Technology); and is a member of the Iowa Business Council and the
Governor's STEM Advisory Council. Ortberg also serves on the Board of Governors
of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and is a member of The Business