Bob graduated from Zanesville High School in 1965 and from Miami University in 1969, with a degree in economics. From then on, the sky was the limit.
Bob began his career with GE Aircraft Engines and spent a dozen years in management, both in the United States and overseas. He then moved on to vice president and general manager of manufacturing and services for another aviation company, AAR Corporation. Next was a move to AlliedSignal Aerospace, as president and chief executive officer of the electronics and avionics division, then as president and CEO of the entire company. Then, from 1999 to 2006, he served as president and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace, the world’s largest supplier of aircraft engines, equipment, systems and services for commercial transport, regional, general aviation, and military aircraft.
His retirement was brief, however, as Bob was soon after named chief executive officer of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, a $15 billion investment to establish six aerospace subsidiaries. He retired again following completion of those projects late last year.
Bob is also a member of the Sigma Chi International Hall of Fame, and in 2007 was honored as International Executive of the Year by Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. He is a member of both the board of directors and trustees of Arizona State University Foundation, is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and serves on three corporation boards – Roper Industries, Spirit Aero Systems (as chairman) and Ariba.
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