Rockwell Collins has named Dave Nieuwsma as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the company’s Interior Systems business unit based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He succeeds Werner Lieberherr, who is leaving the company after helping to lead the successful integration of the B/E Aerospace business, which was acquired by Rockwell Collins in April 2017. Nieuwsma will report directly to Rockwell Collins chairman, president and CEO, Kelly Ortberg. Previously Nieuwsma was senior vice president of the company’s Information Management Services business unit.
Taking Nieuwsma’s place is LeAnn Ridgeway, the company’s new vice president and general manager of Information Management Services, based in Annapolis, Maryland. She was previously vice president and general manager of the integration of the B/E Aerospace business.
In a related move, Rockwell Collins also announced that Information Management Services will now become part of the company’s Commercial Systems business unit to further capitalize on the growing aviation connectivity solutions mrket. Ridgeway will report to Kent Statler, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
“Dave and LeAnn bring a wealth of experience and proven performance to their new roles, and the timing is right to make these changes to ensure that we have the resources in place for our continued success today and in the future,” said Ortberg. “I’d like to thank Werner for leading the Interior Systems organization through the B/E Aerospace integration activities over the past year.”