Robert K. Ortberg, Philip J. Jasper

Robert K. Ortberg

Rockwell Collins appointed Robert K. Ortberg as the company’s president. He joins Clayton M. Jones, who continues as chairman and CEO, in the newly formed Office of the Chief Executive.

As president, Ortberg is primarily responsible for the operational management of the company, including oversight of its commercial and government businesses and supporting functions. He was formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company’s Government Systems business, and previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems.

Additionally, the company has also named Philip J. Jasper executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems. Jasper has more than 20 years’ experience with Rockwell Collins, including previous roles as vice president, business development, and vice president, mobility and rotary wing solutions for the company’s Government Systems business.

ICG Personnel Additions

International Communications Group (ICG), based in Newport News, Va., is expanding its workforce.

Davert Leong has been hired as an electrical engineer. Leong joined ICG after five years of service in the U.S. Army and with the California Army National Guard.

David Casey was appointed lead embedded software engineer. Casey brings experience in systems and software development associated with GPS receivers, flight controls and multifunction displays. He spent 15 years with Rockwell Collins, and previously worked at Honeywell, the Department of the Army and GE.

Doyle Sisson was named project manager. Sisson has more than 25 years of experience in aviation business development and program management. Previous employers include Boeing, Raytheon, AIS and Laird Technologies. More recently, he was senior program manager at BaySys Technologies.

Additionally, Debbie Glass has been added as a technical writer. Glass joined ICG from Avidyne Corp., where she wrote installation and maintenance manuals for primary/multi-function flight display units. Previously, she worked for Rockwell International and United Space Alliance.

Larry Levine, Darby Shields

Larry Levine

Teledyne Controls, based in El Segundo, Calif., named Larry Levine vice president of sales and marketing, with overall responsibility for the company’s worldwide Sales, Marketing and Customer Account Management teams.

Levine comes to Teledyne Controls with more than 30 years in the aviation industry and solid experience in sales and marketing. Prior to joining Teledyne, he was with Boeing in the Commercial Aviation Services organization for more than 13 years. Previously, he also worked with Decrane Aircraft Holdings, Litton Aero Products and Lockheed Martin.

Darby Shields, the former vice president of sales and marketing, is now in charge of a new Business Development and Program organization at Teledyne Controls focused on e-enabled solutions.

Scott McKenzie

Scott McKenzie

Duncan Aviation, based in Lincoln, Neb., named Scott McKenzie an avionics technical representative.

In this new position, he will provide technical service as well as troubleshooting in support of avionics and instruments. In addition to supporting customers with their avionics and instrument questions, McKenzie will assist in expanding the Duncan Aviation avionics bench capabilities.


Gerry Block

Gerry Block, president and CEO of Sandel Avionics, has been appointed to the General Aviation Manufacture Association (GAMA) board. GAMA is an international trade association representing more than 75 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services.

George Novak

George Novak has joined the Aerospace Industries Association as assistant vice president of civil aviation. Most recently, Novak was director of safety, borders and security with InterVISTAS Consulting. While at the firm he also worked on regulatory and compliance issues, aircraft certification strategies and on international policy issues involved with FAA, EU and ICAO standards.

Novak began his professional career in 1983 as an attorney with FAA. Subsequently he worked as a consultant on a variety of U.S. and international legal and regulatory issues for manufacturers, air carriers, airports and civil aviation authorities.

John Bullis, Christian Zumkeller

Robert K. Ortberg

Universal Avionics Systems, based in Tucson, Ariz., named John Bullis regional sales manager of Northern Europe. Bullis is based out of London, and responsible for the overall growth and development of Universal Avionics’ product sales in the Northern European region.

Bullis began his career with Universal Avionics in 1998 in the position of avionics technician, later moving into his most recent position as field service engineer.

Concurrent with Bullis’ transition to regional sales manager for Northern Europe, Christian Zumkeller transitions to regional sales manager for Southern Europe.

West Star Sales Team

West Star Aviation announced changes within its sales team. Greg Byrnes has been named senior vice president, sales, while Rick Brainard, previously vice president of sales, has been named vice president of business development.

Byrnes was most recently vice president, sales and new business development at Gulfstream Aerospace. At West Star, he will be responsible for generating the maintenance and modification sales.

In his new position, Brainard’s primary responsibility will be the development of new business for West Star. This includes the aircraft dealer and aircraft broker network, managed fleet and fractional groups, as well as bankers and financial groups associated with the leasing and financing of business aircraft.

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