Kelly Ortberg

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Ortberg

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 Large 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 acquisitions in the company's history with the purchase of B/E Aerospace in 2017 and ARINC in 2013. The moves marked new strategic directions for the company with the creation of two business segments, Interior Systems and Information Management Services, which diversified and broadened Rockwell Collins' product and service offerings for the aerospace and defense industry.

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 2010, Ortberg motivated his teams to innovate and create Rockwell Collins' highly successful Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system, selected by leading aircraft manufacturers 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 Council.