Joel Otto

Staff Vice President

Joel D. Otto is staff vice president of strategy and business development, Information Management Services (IMS), for Rockwell Collins. In this role, he is responsible for strategic planning activities of Rockwell Collins’ IMS business unit, including portfolio and product strategy development, merger and acquisition oversight, and advanced technology planning. He also is instrumental in driving business development and marketing excellence across the IMS portfolios.

A 32-year veteran of the commercial aviation industry, Otto has held a variety of leadership positions across business and technical domains. Prior to joining the IMS business, he led global marketing and business development for Rockwell Collins’ Commercial Systems business unit, and was instrumental in guiding the transformation of the function to enhance market positioning. Throughout his career, Otto has had numerous leading roles in capturing new business and major programs on many commercial and business aircraft platforms. As an engineer at Rockwell Collins, he served in a variety of engineering management and technical leadership roles, concluding his tenure as Rockwell Collins’ chief engineer on the 787 program, where he oversaw design and development activities. Prior to joining Rockwell Collins over 20 years ago, Otto worked at Sperry Flight Systems and Honeywell in systems and software engineering roles.

Otto holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Otto is currently serving on the board of Maryland STEMAction, a non-profit organization promoting STEM education activities throughout Maryland. He is a life-long active supporter and participant in local performing arts organizations. He is a member of the Annapolis Opera executive committee, serving as chair of the organization’s marketing committee, has served as Treasurer on the Orchestra Iowa Board, and was a founding member of Chorale Midwest, including a four-year term as board president.