Kelly Ortberg is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rockwell Collins, a global leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions.
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 “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 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.