Joel D. Otto

Joel D. Otto is leading the development of a new digital business portfolio that leverages and complements the broad product and service offerings of Collins Aerospace. In this role, he leads teams conducting the strategic planning, business development, technology and architecture definition in support of Collins’ Connected Ecosystem objectives.

A 30+ year veteran of the commercial aviation industry, Otto has held a variety of leadership positions across business and technical organizations. Prior to the merger of United Technologies Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Otto was vice president of strategy and business development, for Rockwell Collins Information Management Services (IMS). In this role, he was responsible for global sales, marketing, strategic planning and business development across the IMS portfolios. Responsibilities also include driving product and service strategy development, overseeing merger and acquisition activities, and enhancing sales and marketing excellence. Prior to joining the IMS business, he led global marketing and business development for Rockwell Collins’ Commercial Systems business unit, and was instrumental in guiding the transformation of the function to enhance market positioning. Throughout his career, Otto has had numerous leading roles in capturing new business and major programs on commercial and business aircraft platforms. As an engineer at Rockwell Collins, he served in a variety of engineering management and technical leadership roles. Prior to joining Rockwell Collins, Otto worked at Sperry Flight Systems and Honeywell in systems and software engineering roles.

Otto holds an MBA from the University of Iowa and Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

An active supporter of STEAM related organizations, Otto recently completed a term on the board of Maryland STEMAction, a non-profit organization promoting STEM education activities throughout Maryland. He is a life-long active supporter and participant in local performing arts organizations. He is a member of the Annapolis Opera executive committee, serving as chair of the organization’s marketing committee, has served as Treasurer on the Orchestra Iowa Board, and was a founding member of Chorale Midwest, including a four-year term as board president.