Rockwell Collins names leader for new business

New business builds on the recent acquisition of ARINC Inc.

George Ford
Published: January 7 2014 | 3:00 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:45 am in

Rockwell Collins has named an executive with decades of experience to lead its newest business segment.

Jeff Standerski has been appointed senior vice president of Information Management Services. The new business builds on the recent acquisition of ARINC Inc.

Standerski's extensive aviation experience includes 25 years in Rockwell Collins' Commercial Systems and Government Systems businesses. Most recently, he was vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems.

Standerski previously served as vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems, and as vice president, Strategy Development for Commercial Systems.

Information Management Services combines ARINC with Rockwell Collins' Flight Information Solutions business and its Ascend family of products and services. It will report to Rockwell Collins CEO and President Kelly Ortberg, along with the company's existing Commercial Systems and Government Systems businesses.

"In recent years there's been a dramatic increase in demand by airlines and business aircraft operators, as well as the broader transportation and security industries, for the types of network and connectivity services ARINC provides," Standerski said. "We expect that demand will continue to grow."

Reporting to Standerski are David Poltorak, vice president of Airline and Network Services; Steven Means, vice president of Flight Support Services; David Morrissey, vice president of Airports and Surface Transportation; and Randi Pizzi, vice president of IMS International.

With the purchase of ARINC, Rockwell Collins shifts its business mix to 54 percent commercial systems and 46 percent government systems. As government spending has contracted in recent years, the company has pursued more commercial business as well as stepping up its growth in international markets.

Over the years, ARINC developed many of aviation communication industry standards. The company has two regional headquarters in London, established in 1999 to serve the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, and Singapore, established in 2003 for its Asia Pacific region.

ARINC, formed by the nation's airlines in 1929 and sold to the private equity Carlyle Group in 2007, employs almost 2,000 people. The deal, which closed last month, brought total Rockwell Collins employment to about 21,000.

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