Robert K. (Kelly) Ortberg is president of Rockwell Collins. In this role, Ortberg is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including oversight of its commercial and government businesses and supporting operating functions. He was named to this position in September 2012.
Previously, Ortberg served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems, which provides airborne and surface solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, Ministries of Defense throughout the world and manufacturers of military platforms. He was named to this position in February 2010.
He also served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins, which produces aviation electronics and communications for the air transport, business aviation and regional airline market segments. He was appointed to this position in October 2006.
Ortberg joined the company in 1987 and has held various management positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president and general manager of Air Transport Systems and vice president and general manager of Communications Systems for the company’s Government Systems business.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Ortberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Iowa.
Ortberg serves on the board of directors for the Rockwell Collins Good Government Committee, The University of Iowa Engineering Advisory Board, the Hawkeye Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).