ROCKWELL COLLINS ACQUISITION

Collins Aerospace names new avionics chief Kent Statler to retire in June

Steve Timm has been named Collins Aerospace’s new president of avionics, effective as of Thursday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Steve Timm has been named Collins Aerospace’s new president of avionics, effective as of Thursday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

Steve Timm was named Cedar Rapids-based Collins Aerospace as president of its avionics unit, effective Thursday. He replaced Kent Statler, who will retire in June.

Timm had served as Rockwell Collins’ vice president and general manager with air transport systems since 2013, and oversaw its business dealings with airline customers, including Airbus and Boeing.

He joined the company in 1996.

“Steve is a proven leader with more than 20 years of experience building on a reputation for strong customer focus, effective communication and enterprise collaboration,” the statement from Collins Aerospace said.

Statler told employees in an email that he and his family “have a strong passion for local and global ministry and mission work and look forward to taking some time to pay it forward in his retirement,” the company said.

Statler served more than eight years as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Rockwell’s commercial systems division. He was named head of one of two units formed in late November when United Technologies Corp. acquired the avionics and communications company, Cedar Rapids’ largest employer.

Phil Jasper became head of mission systems, the other unit, at that time.

A Waverly native, Statler was a 32-year veteran of Rockwell Collins who began as a factory floor foreman and held multiple leadership positions with Rockwell, including executive vice president of services and senior vice president of operations, according to Collins Aerospace’s website.

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