Former U.S. Air Force pilot Sean Gillette announced yesterday the launch of a new “personal jet” program, the Saker S-1, a twin-engine two-seater capable of flying 1,600 nm and cruising at Mach 0.95. With twin vertical fins, tandem seating and short fighter-like wings and stabilizer, the S-1 brings to mind the Aviation Technology Group Javelin.
Honeywell last month named Robert Gillette president and CEO of its aerospace operations, its largest single division, replacing Robert Johnson, who had held the position since 1999. Johnson, 57, will serve as non-executive chairman until he retires next January after a dozen years with Honeywell. Gillette, 44, had led the company’s transportation systems division since 2001.
Now that Honeywell Aerospace CEO Rob Gillette has finished realigning the company’s product divisions into a more customer-oriented structure, his most daunting challenges originate from the outside. As just about every top executive of a Tier One aerospace integrator knows all too well, managing supply base deficiencies has become a preoccupation.
In an effort to better serve customers and streamline its operations, Honeywell’s aerospace division is planning a major restructuring that will involve the creation of three new business segments and an unknown number of job cuts.
When Rob Gillette arrived at Honeywell Aerospace in January 2005 as its new CEO and president he quickly set out to reorganize the complex engines/avionics/systems giant so that it would make better sense to its customers.