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Leadership Team

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Eileen Drake

CEO and President of the Company since June 2015.  Eileen Drake served as COO of the Company from March 2015 to June 2015.  Ms. Drake has served as a Director of Woodward, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and industrial markets, since February 2017.  Ms. Drake was previously with United Technologies Corporation (“UTC”) where she served as President of Pratt & Whitney AeroPower’s auxiliary power unit and small turbojet propulsion business.  She also served as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Achieving Competitive Excellence for UTC’s Carrier Corporation, as well as for Pratt & Whitney.  Prior to joining UTC, Ms. Drake managed production operations at both the Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation where she was Ford’s product line manager for steering systems and plant manager of Visteon’s fuel system operation.  During her military career, she served on active duty for seven years as a U.S. Army aviator and airfield commander of Davison Army Airfield in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  Ms. Drake is a distinguished military graduate of the U.S. Army Aviation Officer School.  She received a Master of Business Administration from Butler University and a Bachelor of Arts from The College of New Rochelle.  She also holds commercial and private pilot’s licenses in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.  Ms. Drake serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).  In November 2018, she was appointed as a member of AIA’s Executive Committee and also serves on the organization’s Finance Committee. Her extensive experience provides the Board with significant operational expertise and an in-depth knowledge of the aerospace and defense industry.

 

Mark Tucker

Chief Operating Officer of Aerojet Rocketdyne since October 2013.  Mr. Tucker is also responsible for the company’s Competitive Improvement Program that is a comprehensive internal restructuring program focused on maximizing the company’s assets and driving significant cost efficiencies.  The program includes optimizing the utilization of all property, plant and equipment, driving down product costs through direct labor and material savings, reducing overhead, and General & Administrative cost savings.  His career encompasses 30 years with Northrop Grumman, where he held Vice President positions in Operations, Supply Chain Management, Program Management and Competitive Capture Pursuits.  Mr. Tucker earned his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Operations from California State University, San Jose, and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach.  He is a graduate of the Executive Marketing Program at the University of California, Los Angeles and also a graduate of the Executive Financial Analysis Program at Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

 

Paul Lundstrom

Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. since November 2016.  Previous to November 2016, Mr. Lundstrom served as vice president of Investor Relations at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he headed up an award-winning Investor Relations team.  During his tenure with UTC, he developed a strong track record of driving profitable growth with a proven focus on delivering value for shareholders.  In prior positions with UTC, Mr. Lundstrom was vice president of Finance and CFO for the Building & Industrial Systems and Climate, Controls & Security businesses in Asia.  He also served as vice president of Finance and CFO for Carrier’s commercial HVAC business in North America.  Before moving to Carrier in 2006, he served in various finance leadership roles for UTC’s aerospace and defense business, Hamilton Sundstrand.  Mr. Lundstrom holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Truman State University. He received his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York, and successfully completed the Certified Public Accountant exam requirements.

 

John Schumacher

Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Washington Operations and Communications.  Also, was Vice President of Aerojet’s Washington Operations from May 2006 to April 2011.  Mr. Schumacher served at EADS NA from 2011 to 2013 and was responsible for providing Astrium’s global space capabilities to North America.  He led the creation of Astrium Americas and served as its first President, providing customers with a unique, commercial approach to Astrium’s telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities.  Mr. Schumacher’s career encompasses a broad range of military, civil and commercial aerospace experience.  He was Chief of Staff at NASA from 2003-2005 during a fundamental redirection of America's space program and the agency’s return to human spaceflight.  He served as NASA’s Associate Administrator for External Relations from 1994 to 2003, where he led the agency’s efforts to expand cooperative programs in science, technology and human spaceflight with industry and government partners across the globe.  Prior to NASA, he engaged in corporate practice at the New York law firm of Rogers & Wells.  Mr. Schumacher’s naval service includes assignments on USS GUADALCANAL and the space and electronic warfare directorates of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Chief of Naval Operations Staff.  He also commanded four naval reserve units.  Mr. Schumacher graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1976 and received a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in 1984.  He earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University in 1987 and a certificate with honors in International and Foreign Law.  He is a member of the New York Bar, American Bar Association, Surface Warfare Association, U.S. Naval Institute, AIAA and the Planetary Society.  Mr. Schumacher serves on the NDIA Washington Chapter Board of Directors and the board of Living Savior Lutheran Church.  He previously served on the Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council.  His awards include the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank (Distinguished and Meritorious), the Distinguished Service Medal (NASA’s highest award), and the Department of Defense Legion of Merit.

 

Arjun Kampani

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. since April 2016.  Mr. Kampani has been advising and leading businesses since 1998, and has more than a decade of experience in the aerospace and defense industry.  Prior to April 2016, he served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for General Dynamics Land Systems, a $4 billion international business.  Previous to that, he was a top mergers and acquisitions lawyer at General Dynamics, where he completed 30+ acquisitions and divestitures.  He also worked at Thelen, Reid & Priest, LLP where he had specific emphasis on business transactions, securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.  Early in his career, he worked in New York with the firm now known as Olshan Frome Wolosky, LLP.  Mr. Kampani received a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.  He also is a member of the New York State Bar.

 

Jim Maser

Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Space Business Unit since August 2018.  Mr. Maser has more than 32 years of global aerospace experience and leadership, spanning entrepreneurial space launch, human spaceflight as well as commercial and military jet engines.  Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne, he served as president of James G. Advisors, LLC, a strategy, leadership and technical execution consulting firm.  He also held a number of roles within Pratt & Whitney between 2006 and 2017, including vice president of the F135 engine program and president of Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, where he was responsible for the design, manufacture and performance of power and propulsion systems across numerous platforms.  Mr. Maser graduated magna cum laude from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering.  He later received a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.  In 2000, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) honored him with its George M. Low Space Transportation Award.  Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees and is the immediate past president of AIAA.  He previously served on the board of directors of the Space Foundation as well as the California Chamber of Commerce.

 

Tyler Evans

Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne's Defense Business Unit since September 2019. In this role he is responsible for leading missile defense, air defense, tactical and strategic systems, as well as ballistic missile target programs that directly support critical U.S. defense initiatives. Mr. Evans joined Aerojet Rocketdyne in January 2014 as Vice President of the Rocket Shopsm. Mr. Evans’ career encompasses 26 years of successful experience in the aviation and defense industry, with 21 years at Pratt & Whitney (P&W) assuming roles of increasing responsibility. He previously led the international programs and business development organization in P&W’s Military Engine Division with responsibility for defining, developing and implementing strategies to meet customer requirements in more than 30 countries.  Mr. Evans also held executive leadership positions as program executive director for the F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II, and the F119 engine for the F-22 Raptor.  He began his career as a combustion engineer working advanced programs across P&W’s product portfolio, including military, commercial, industrial and rocket engines. Mr. Evans received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1990.  He earned a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1992.  Additionally, he received dual Master of Business Administration degrees from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business and ESCP-EAP European School of Management in Paris, France in 2004. Mr. Evans has led high performing teams that have been recognized for industry awards such as the Aviation Week Laureate Award, Secretary of Defense Performance Based Logistics Award and the Program Excellence Award.  He is also a member of the Virginia Tech Academy of Aerospace Engineering Excellence and holds a U.S. patent for a low emission combustor.

 

Greg Jones

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at Aerojet Rocketdyne since February 2018.  Mr. Jones has more than 30 years experience in the aerospace industry through his strategic leadership roles at Orbital ATK, Orbital, The Boeing Company, and McDonnell Douglas.  Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne, he served as vice president of Corporate Business Development & International Programs for Orbital ATK.  From 2005 to 2017 Mr. Jones served in the areas of Business Development, Strategy and Corporate Development at Orbital ATK.  As vice president of Corporate Strategy & Business Development, he co-led the transition and integration team as part of the announced merger between Orbital and ATK.  Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University.  He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.  He currently serves on the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) board of governors.  In addition, he is a past space executive steering committee and space & astronautics advisory committee chair of the Aerospace Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

 

Natalie Schilling

Chief Human Resources Officer for Aerojet Rocketdyne since April 2018. Ms. Schilling has more than 30 years of global human resources experience and leadership spanning multiple industries. She previously served as vice president of Human Resources for Arconic's (formerly Alcoa) Corporate Resource Units. She also served as the global director of Compensation and Benefits, where she led Alcoa's executive compensation, global compensation and benefits center of expertise, and provided support for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Alcoa, Ms. Schilling held human resources management roles at the former Unocal Corporation (Chevron) and Discovery Communications, where she gained extensive human resources experience. Ms. Schilling attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Phoenix, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Management. She obtained an executive master's degree in Human Resource Leadership from Rutgers University.