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Aerospace & Defense Programs

Aviation Week’s A&D Programs
November 19-20, 2014
Litchfield Park, AZ



2014 Aerospace & Defense Programs Speakers

Michael Bruno, Aviation Week Sr. Policy Editor

Based in Washington, Michael is the Senior Policy Editor and has helped cover U.S. aviation, aerospace and defense policymaking, federal budgets and congressional affairs since joining Aviation Week in 2005. Until early 2013, he also led a unique team of defense and space reporters and freelance writers that garnered three Jesse H. Neal business journalism awards, established the award-winning Ares defense technology blog, and produced the former Defense Technology International magazine. Michael periodically hosts Aviation Week’s annual Defense Technology & Affordability Requirements and Aerospace & Defense Programs conferences, and speaks at other engagements.

Byron Callan, Director, Capital Alpha Partners

Byron Callan joined Capital Alpha Partners, a Washington, DC-based policy research firm in December 2010 as a Director to cover the defense sector.  He also is responsible for related NASA and other aerospace issues.  Capital Alpha's primary goal is to provide superior research to institutional investors.

Prior to joining Capital Alpha, Byron was a Portfolio Manager at Lion's Path Capital where he focuses on industrials, aerospace and defense equities.  He joined Lion's Path in 2010.  Previously he was an analyst and co-founder of Perella Weinberg Partners’ Aerospace Defense Security investment fund from 2007-2010.  

Byron was a Senior Vice President at Prudential Equity Group, LLC from September 2005-2007.  He was responsible for equity research of the aerospace/defense sector.   From 1993-September 2005, he was First Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he also covered the aerospace/defense stocks and was Global Coordinator for this sector.   He covered electronic warfare and engineering stocks as an equity analyst at Prudential Securities from 1984-1993.

He has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA with Special Honors from George Washington University. 

Pierre Chao, Managing Director/Co-Founder, Renaissance Strategic Advisors

Pierre Chao is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Renaissance Strategic Advisors, a strategy and financial advisory firm. Pierre brings over 20 years of management consulting, investment banking and policy expertise in the aerospace/defense industry.

He is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C.-based, non-partisan defense and foreign policy think tank. He was a Senior Fellow and Director of Defense-Industrial Initiatives at CSIS from 2003-2007. At CSIS he directed a team of five focused on policy issues related to the defense-industrial base, including defense industrial policy, acquisition reform, trans-Atlantic relations, export controls, and technology/innovation policy.

Before joining CSIS in 2003, Pierre was a managing director and senior aerospace/defense analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1999-2003, where he was responsible for following the U.S. and global aerospace/defense industry. He remained a CSFB independent senior adviser from 2003-2006.

Prior to joining CFSB, Pierre was the senior aerospace/defense analyst at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1995-1999. He served as the senior aerospace/defense industry analyst at Smith Barney during 1994 and as a director at JSA International, a Boston/Paris-based management-consulting firm that focused on the aerospace/defense industry (1986-88, 1990-93). Pierre was also a co-founder of JSA Research, an equity research boutique specializing in the aerospace/defense industry. Before signing on with JSA, he worked in the New York and London offices of Prudential-Bache Capital Funding as a mergers and acquisitions banker focusing on aerospace/defense (1988-90).

Over the course of his Wall Street career, Pierre participated in 31 aerospace/defense equity offerings/IPOs raising $11.7 billion and dozens of buy-side and sell-side M&A assignments. In addition, Pierre garnered numerous awards while working on Wall Street. Institutional Investor ranked Pierre's team the number one global aerospace/defense group every year eligible from 2000-02 and he was on the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team every year eligible from 1996-2002. He was ranked the number one aerospace/defense analyst by corporations in the 1998-2000 Reuters Polls, the number one aerospace/defense analyst in the 1995-99 Greenwich Associates polls, and appeared on the Wall Street Journal All-Star list in four of seven eligible years.

He was a member of the 2005 Defense Science Board Summer Study (Assessment of Transformation), 2006 DSB Summer Study (Strategic Technology Vectors), the 2006/2007 DSB Task Force on the Health of the Defense Industry, the 2007/2008 Defense Business Board Capability Requirements Identification and Development Processes study, the 2007/2008 DBB Task Force on Relations with the Industrial Base and the 2008 DBB study on Export Control Best Practices. He was also a member of a National Research Council study on Critical Technology Accessibility (2006) and a member of an Army Science Board task force on Use of Venture Capital (2001). In 2000, Pierre was appointed by President Clinton to the Presidential Commission on Offsets in International Trade. He is also a guest lecturer at the National Defense University and an Intermittent Professor at the Defense Acquisition University.

Chao earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Management Science from M.I.T.

Steven Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council

Steven Grundman is the Principal of Grundman Advisory, assisting executives in public, private, and not-for-profit enterprises make good strategic choices. He is also the M.A. and George Lund Fellow for Emerging Defense Challenges at the Atlantic Council, where he leads a practice promoting the long-term health of defense ministries and industries. Previously, Steve was VP at Charles River Assoc., a global consultancy, where he was director of Aerospace & Defense Consulting and of Transportation Consulting. In the 1990s, Steve served in a succession of appointments at the U.S. Department of Defense that culminated in his assignment as Deputy Under Secretary for Industrial Affairs and Installations. Earlier in his tenure at the DoD, Steve served as Special Assistant to William J. Lynn, the Director of Program Analysis & Evaluation.

The Honorable Kenneth J. Krieg, former Undersecretary of Defense/AT&L and Founder, Samford Global

Ken Krieg runs Samford Global Strategies, a consulting practice focused on helping clients lead and manage through periods of strategic change. He is a member of the Board of Directors of API Technologies, Twisted Pair Solutions, Aurora Flight Sciences, and JackBe and the Board of Trustees of LMI, as well as the SSA Board for DRS Technologies. He serves on several CEO advisory boards and is also a distinguished fellow at CNA. He is the Executive in Residence with Renaissance Strategic Advisors.

He previously served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from June 2005 to July 2007. In that role, Mr. Krieg was responsible for advising the Secretary of Defense on all matters relating to the DoD acquisition system, research and development, advanced technology, developmental test and evaluation, production, logistics, installation management, military construction, procurement, environmental security, nuclear, chemical, and biological matters.

Before his appointment to USD (AT&L), Mr. Krieg served at the Department of Defense as Special Assistant to the Secretary and Director for Program Analysis & Evaluation. In this capacity, he led an organization that provides independent advice to the Secretary of Defense on a range of areas including defense systems, programs and investment alternatives as well as providing analytic support to planning and resource allocation.

He joined the Department of Defense in July 2001 to serve as the Executive Secretary of the Senior Executive Council (SEC). The SEC, comprised of the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Service Secretaries and Under Secretary (AT&L), was responsible for leading initiatives to improve the management and organization of the Department of Defense.

Prior to joining the Department of Defense, Mr. Krieg worked for International Paper, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the Office and Consumer Papers Division. He had responsibility for the company's $1.4 billion retail, commercial office and consumer papers businesses. During his 11 years with IP, Mr. Krieg held roles as special assistant to the Chairman and CEO and in marketing, sales and business management and was actively involved in the merger of three major paper companies into International Paper.

Before moving to industry, Mr. Krieg worked in a number of defense and foreign policy assignments in Washington, DC, including positions at the White House, on the National Security Council Staff, and in Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Mr. Krieg received his BA degree in history from Davidson College and his Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Jim Mathews, Exec. Dir., Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Nan Mattai, SVP Engineering & Technology, Rockwell Collins

Nan Mattai is Senior Vice President of Rockwell Collins Engineering & Technology. Additionally, she is a corporate officer of Rockwell Collins. Ms. Mattai is responsible for Rockwell Collins’ Engineering & Technology organization, including the Advanced Technology Center. In this role she is responsible for guiding the future technology direction, technology investment decisions and the development of advanced technologies to meet the needs of the business portfolios. She was appointed to the position in November 2004.

Ms. Mattai is a member of the Advisory Board, Aviation Week Strategic Media & Conferences; Member of Advisory Board, Aviation Week Executive Summit; Women in Aerospace (WIA); and the Iowa State University Institute for Physical Research and Technology (IPRT) Industrial Advisory Board. Nan graduated from the University of Windsor, Canada with a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics and completed all graduate courses for a Doctorate in Physics.

Daryl Pelc, VP Engineering & Technology, Boeing Phantom Works

Daryl Pelc is responsible for leading the engineering execution of advanced technology development programs and for the strategic alignment and execution of technology investments across Boeing Defense, Space & Security. He also is Huntington Beach Site Chief Engineer.

Pelc began his more than 30 years of service as a Boeing intern. Previously he was chief engineer for: Global Mobility Systems, C3 Networks Division; and C-130 Avionics Modernization. In addition to serving as the BDS Executive Sponsor for the Boeing Technical Fellowship, Pelc serves in a number of external efforts in STEM education. He has a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Graham Warwick, Aviation Week Managing Editor-Technology

Jeffrey J. Wilcox,Vice President, Engineering, Corporate Engineering & Technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Jeffrey J. Wilcox is the Corporate Vice President for Engineering, at the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the Corporation’s developing and executing strategy for the Lockheed Martin Engineering Enterprise and its 63,000 engineers, scientists, and technical workforce. He collaborates with the Corporation’s Business Area leadership to ensure the right people, processes, tools, and technologies are in place to successfully deliver solutions to the customer’s most complex challenges.

Previously, Mr. Wilcox was the Corporate Vice President for Systems and Software Engineering, at the Lockheed Martin Corporation. In that role, he was responsible for directing the development and implementation of enterprise-wide systems and software engineering processes, tools, technology, and training with special emphasis on complex, software-intensive systems development from May 2007 to September 2009.

Throughout his career, Mr. Wilcox has led several critical initiatives for the Lockheed Martin Corporation, including Engineering for Affordability, the Systems and Software Initiative, the Advancing Manufacturing Initiative, and the Energy Solutions Campaign launch.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Wilcox served in a variety of increasingly responsible positions at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in McLean, Virginia including Senior Vice President, where he led business planning and analysis for the multi-hundred million dollar Technology and Advanced Systems business unit. During his tenure at SAIC, he progressed through the executive ranks and held positions in areas such as advanced weapon systems engineering and the integration of complex sensor systems.

Mr. Wilcox graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Mr. Wilcox holds an honorary doctorate of Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey.

Mr. Wilcox’s serves on the Drexel University Leadership Council, the Stevens Institute of Technology School of Systems and Enterprises Advisory Board, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Technical Operations Council, the MIT Open Course Ware Next Decade Alliance Advisory Council, the US Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative (USMCI) Steering Committee, the Lockheed Martin Program Management Council, the Lockheed Martin Corporate Quality Council, and the Lockheed Martin Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Integrated Product Team (IPT). Mr. Wilcox is an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Associate Fellow and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Speaker List

  • Joe Anselmo, Editor-in-Chief, Aviation Week
  • Michael Bruno, Aviation Week Sr. Business/Supply Chain Editor
  • Jennifer Byrne, VP Corporate Engineering & Technology, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.
  • Byron Callan, Director, Capital Alpha Partners
  • Pierre Chao, Managing Director/Co-Founder, Renaissance Strategic Advisors
  • Gene Fraser, VP Engineering, Northrop Grumman (newbies on the flight deck)
  • Steven Grundman, George Lund Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • Ed Hoffman, Chief Knowledge Officer, NASA
  • The Honorable Kenneth J. Krieg, former Undersecretary of Defense/AT&L and Founder, Samford Global
  • Jim Mathews, Exec. Dir., Aviation Week Intelligence Network
  • Nan Mattai, SVP Engineering & Technology, Rockwell Collins
  • Daryl Pelc, VP Engineering & Technology, Boeing Phantom Works
  • Randy Robertson, Corporate Fellow, Honeywell
  • Peter G. Smith, VP Engineering, UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Graham Warwick, Aviation Week Managing Editor-Technology
  • Jeff Wilcox, VP Engineering, Lockheed Martin