Kent Statler is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins. Additionally, he is an executive officer. In this role, Kent is responsible for leading the company’s Commercial Systems business which produces aviation electronics and communications for the air transport, business aviation and regional airline markets. He was named to this position in February 2010.
Previously, Kent was executive vice president of Services for Rockwell Collins, where he was responsible for a global network of Rockwell Collins service centers providing repair and overhaul of aviation electronics for commercial, business and military aircraft worldwide. He was named to the position in October 2005.
Kent also served as senior vice president of Operations, a position he was appointed to in January 2003 with responsibility for Rockwell Collins’ entire global supply chain and manufacturing. He has served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career at Rockwell Collins, including vice president of Lean Electronics. Under his leadership, Rockwell Collins was recognized as a Lean Electronics leader. Kent joined Rockwell Collins in 1987 and has held positions of increasing responsibility.
A native of Waverly, Iowa, Kent earned his Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing management and economics from the University of Northern Iowa. He earned his master of business administration degree from The University of Iowa.
Kent is a member of the Lean Aerospace Initiative Executive committee, Director for the General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA), a trustee for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a trustee for Kirkwood Community College.