The two men that you’ll see during the video of the F-35 Lightning II demonstration I attended are Andreas Schell, President of electronic systems at Hamilton Sundstrand (Rockford, ILL) and Stephen O”Bryan, a Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Vice President.
Andreas Schell President of Electric Systems Rockford Site Leader
Andreas Schell, president of Electric Systems and Rockford site leader, oversees the Hamilton Sundstrand Electric Systems business based in Rockford, Ill., which includes the Page Aerospace Limited business with sites in Sunbury, UK and Bremen, Germany and the Elektronik Systeme GmbH business based in Nordlingen,Germany. Andreas is responsible for formulating strategic direction, driving successful execution and ensuring employee engagement within Electric Systems.
As Rockford site leader, Andreas holds responsibility for the Rockford site’s multiple business units and functions and plays a central role in cultivating HS’ relationship with the Rockford community. He also leads the Rockford Site Council, which is represented by functional and business unit leaders from across the Hamilton Sundstrand Rockford plant sites.
Andreas joined Hamilton Sundstrand in July 2009, when he was named vice president, Engineering, Aerospace Power Systems. In this role he was responsible for managing and directing APS’ Engineering organization and setting the overall strategy in support of customer programs, research and development. He also guided APS Engineering in its ACE journey, ensuring that standard processes were in place and drove the organization to meet continuous improvement initiatives.
Prior to joining Hamilton Sundstrand, Andreas worked at Chrysler where he had positions of increasing responsibility including vice president, Electrical/Electronics Core Engineering, and was responsible for developing and releasing electric/electronic systems for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge product lines. While at Chrysler he also served as director of Business Strategy and executive assistant to the CEO of Chrysler Group. Earlier in his career, Andreas was responsible for hybrid development, fuel cell systems and advanced vehicle engineering at DaimlerChrysler, both in the U.S. and Germany. He also served as a development engineer at Daimler-Benz.
Andreas received an MBA from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a specialization in energy systems engineering from Technische Universität Clausthal in Germany. Andreas is a member of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
Stephen O’Bryan Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Vice President, F-35 Program Integration and Business Development
In his current position Mr. O’Bryan is responsible for coordination across F-35 Joint Strike Fighter business activities, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and all International countries. He is also responsible for the communications activities, international country program management, international industrial strategy as well as improvements and derivatives of the F-35. Prior to his current position he held a variety of Business Development and Engineering positions on the F-35 Program.
After graduating from Colgate University he served as a Surface Warfare Officer. He transferred to aviation and flew the F/A-18C. He is a graduate of Top Gun, the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and Naval War College.
In 1999 left active duty and came to work on the Joint Strike Fighter program with Lockheed Martin and affiliated with the Navy Reserve flying F/A-18s. In 2003 he was activated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom embarked on the USS Roosevelt (CVN-71). He led ten large force attacks during the campaign including the first U.S. Navy strike of the conflict. He has accumulated over 3000 F/A-18 flight hours and over 700 carrier arrestments.
He received his MBA from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and resides in Southlake, Texas, with his wife, Katie, and their daughter, Isabelle, and two sons, Charles and Nicholas.
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