Engineering Alumnus Ortberg Named CEO of Rockwell Collins

Friday, April 19, 2013

Rockwell Collins president and UI College of Engineering alumnus Kelly Ortberg is expected to succeed current Rockwell Collins chairman and CEO Clay Jones, who is retiring as CEO effective July 31.  Jones will remain on the company's board of directors as non-executive chairman.

“This decision was made as part of a carefully orchestrated succession planning process that has been implemented over the past several years,” Jones said. “Our focus on developing talent has ensured Kelly is well-prepared to assume this new responsibility.”

“Kelly has played an instrumental role in shaping our company’s strategies and has demonstrated the ability to deliver results even in the most challenging environments,” Jones continued. “With his track record of proven performance and leadership, strong customer relationships, and an extensive knowledge of our company and industry, I’m highly confident in Kelly’s ability to lead Rockwell Collins to new levels of success and expansion.”

Ortberg was appointed president of Rockwell Collins in September 2012. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems, where he helped lead major program wins, including capturing avionics business on the KC-46A, KC-10 and the Embraer KC-390. He also has served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems, during which time he oversaw the company’s development programs for the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Bombardier C-Series. Additionally, he led the launch of the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system, which has been selected for more than 15 aircraft platforms since its introduction in 2007. He joined the company in 1987.

“Rockwell Collins is an outstanding company with a bright future,” said Ortberg. “Our balanced and integrated business model, combined with a commitment to operational excellence, focus on delivering superior customer value, and highly talented and motivated employees, has proven an effective recipe for success. I’m excited to build on those strengths in the years ahead as we work toward achieving the full potential of Rockwell Collins.”

A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Ortberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa. He serves on The University of Iowa Engineering Advisory Board and the board of directors for the Hawkeye Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He previously served as a member of the board of directors of Bucyrus International.