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Taking Program Performance from Good to Great

Aviation Week’s webinar on Program Performance Trends will deliver implementable best practices and strategies for taking your programs to the next level.  The Program Excellence initiative was created by industry leaders to shine the light on program performance. Through this annual effort, program leadership experts study more than 20 programs, looking for trends and ideas that will push the aerospace and defense industry’s programs to higher levels of performance.

Join us to hear about the trends, practices and issues identified in the 2010 Program Excellence process.

Together we’ll examine

  • Why some programs are succeeding and what makes them tick
  • What complexity means in terms of program performance
  • Highlights of the 2010 nominations
  • Lessons learned from this year’s Program Excellence Award finalists

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David Guzinsky, Managing Director of Strategic Business Solutions, Inc. (SBS)

As Managing Director of Strategic Business Solutions, Inc. (SBS) David Guzinsky is an internationally-recognized Program Management Executive having worked with most of the globes preeminent Aerospace & Defense (A&D) powerhouses, including The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and the former McDonnell Douglas Corporation, as well as major equipment manufacturers and suppliers such as AlliedSignal (Honeywell), Raytheon, Orbital Sciences, and Harris among others. He successfully interfaces directly with industry associations and Government personnel, both DoD and NASA, on matters relating directly to all the most progressive industry methodologies and interrelationships in Configuration Management, Data Management, Technical/Contract Compliance, Earned Value Methodologies, Subcontracts Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Estimating, and Program Planning and Control.

This unique insight into all tiers of the A&D industry, their diverse business processes, and a vision of how it all fits together has given him an insight in terms of integrating the processes and tools utilized by the various functional organizations of the industry. It is this deep domain knowledge and wide reaching cross-functional vision of core A&D business processes that has enabled him to architect business transforming enterprise business applications in the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) environment for the A&D Industry.

Jack Jacobs, VP Programs/US Defense Customers, Honeywell & Chairman of the 2010 Program Excellence Evaluation Team

Jack Jacobs was promoted to Vice President of  Program Management in May 2010, with responsibility for leading the $450M Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Atomics portion of the U.S. Defense Customer portfolio. Most recently, Jack was Sr. Director of Business Operations, where he was responsible for program development improvement, execution and processes across the entire Defense & Space business portfolio.

This role was expanded in 2009 to include the SIOP process to improve forecast accuracy and maturity of the production and aftermarket side of the business. Jack joined Honeywell in 1997, and has more than 23 years of program management, engineering, and business development experience in mechanical, avionics and spacecraft product lines.

His Honeywell experience includes a diverse range of leadership positions including the Director of Business Development, a role which included international programs; Director of Programs for International Military Aircraft (IMAC) for the Japan region; and Director of Programs for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Prior to joining Honeywell, Jack worked at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Phantom Works for 10 years where he served as a Program Manager and Technical Director of military aircraft systems. Jack has 17 patents and has published more than 60 technical publications. He has served on several DoD, University and AVIAATION WEEK advisory committees for both technology deployment and program excellence.

Jack earned his Bachelor’s of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. He also holds a Ph.D. in Structural Mechanics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified.

Aaron Shenhar, Professor, Rutgers University

Carole Rickard Hedden, Aviation Week’s Program Excellence Leader

Carole Rickard Hedden is president of The Write Stuff and Project Leader for Aviation Week’s Workforce Study and Program Management content areas. The Aviation Week Workforce Study was first  launched in 1997 and has evolved into the industry’s annual evaluation of issues and concerns from the aerospace and defense work force combined with the data on current work force demographics, trends, and compensation.

Carole founded The Write Stuff in 1995 after working for 20 years in the news media and as a corporate communications leader for Austin Peay State University, Honeywell Defense Avionics and Corning Incorporated. She began working with Aviation Week in 1996, providing financial analysis and then project leadership skills on efforts that include the Aviation Week Executive Roundtables, Program Excellence Initiative, A&D Programs and MRO Military conferences.




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