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CEO & President
Eileen Drake is chief executive officer and president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, responsible for defining the company’s vision, guiding the strategic business plan, and building relationships with customers and stakeholders.
Ms. Drake joined Aerojet Rocketdyne in March 2015 as chief operating officer. She previously was 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 the vice president of Operations and vice president of Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety, and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) 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, Ms. Drake 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 received an honorary doctorate degree in Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Ms. Drake holds commercial and private pilot’s licenses in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
In February 2017 Ms. Drake was appointed to the board of Woodward, Inc. and also serves on the Audit Committee of the board. Woodward, Inc. is an independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and industrial markets.
Ms. Drake serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA). In November 2018 she was elected as a member of AIA’s Executive Committee. The AIA helps shape the American aerospace and defense industries’ future by advocating for polices and responsible budgets that keep our country strong, bolster our capacity to innovate, and spur our economic growth.
Mark Tucker is Chief Operating Officer for Aerojet Rocketdyne. In this role, he is responsible for leading the Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality, Contracts & Pricing, Safety, Health & Environment and Information Technology organizations, as well as oversight of the company’s 11 operating sites in nine states.
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.
He is actively involved in the aerospace and defense industry and has been for the past three decades. 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.
VP Finance & CFO
As Vice President of Finance and CFO, Paul Lundstrom reports to the Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. CEO and President Eileen Drake. In this role, he serves as a member of the executive management team, participating in key decisions pertaining to strategic initiatives, the operating model and operational execution.
In addition, he directs and is responsible for the organization’s accounting practices, the maintenance of its fiscal records as well as the preparation and interpretation of financial reports for management and external groups.
Mr. Lundstrom plays a key role in the administration of critical corporate governance matters as they relate to a public company. In conjunction with Ms. Drake, Mr. Lundstrom serves as the focal point for communication with the board of directors, senior management and company shareholders.
In November 2016, Mr. Lundstrom joined the company’s El Segundo, California headquarters from United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he served as vice president of Investor Relations, heading 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 is a Registered Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
SVP Washington Operations & Communications
John Schumacher is Senior Vice President of Washington Operations and Communications. He is responsible for developing aerospace and defense-focused government relations and implementing business growth plans globally for Aerojet Rocketdyne. Mr. Schumacher also serves as President of the Aerojet Rocketdyne Foundation.
Mr. Schumacher came to Aerojet Rocketdyne from EADS NA where he 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.
Prior to joining EADS NA, Mr. Schumacher was the vice president of Washington Operations for Aerojet. He was responsible for leading and expanding Aerojet’s activities with the Department of Defense, NASA and other U.S. government, private sector and military customers. In particular, he guided key efforts in the growth of Aerojet’s space, strategic, missile defense and tactical missile programs. Mr. Schumacher also led efforts to increase aerospace corporate support to not-for-profits and academia.
His career encompasses a broad range of military, civil and commercial aerospace experience. Mr. Schumacher 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.
Mr. Schumacher’s 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. Mr. Schumacher was born in New York City, New York. He and his wife, Adrienne, reside in Northern Virginia. They have three children: John, Mark and Kristen.
VP General Counsel & Secretary
Arjun Kampani joined Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. in April 2016 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. In this role, he manages a broad range of legal and regulatory matters, including all aspects of corporate law and corporate governance, securities law, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, international transactions, legal issues related to prime and subcontracts, and ethics and compliance issues for both Aerojet Rocketdyne and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Kampani has 18 years of experience advising and leading businesses, including more than a decade of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. He began in New York with the firm now known as Olshan Frome Wolosky, LLP and then joined Thelen, Reid & Priest, LLP where he had specific emphasis on business transactions, securities, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance.
Mr. Kampani later joined Anteon International Corporation, a NYSE-listed government information technology services provider, which was subsequently acquired by General Dynamics. As the top mergers and acquisitions lawyer at General Dynamics, he completed 30+ acquisitions and divestitures. He most recently served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for General Dynamics Land Systems, a $4 billion international business.
Mr. Kampani’s educational background includes a Juris Doctor from Case Western ReserveUniversity 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 is Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Space Business Unit. In this role, he is responsible for leading the design, development, test and manufacturing for launch and space propulsion systems.
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. He previously served as president of James G. Advisors, LLC, a strategy, leadership and technical execution consulting firm. Prior to that, he 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.
A long-time leader in the aerospace industry, Mr. Maser has extensive experience in program management, design and engineering leadership. Beginning with the Boeing Delta and Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle programs in structural design, he became lead of advanced studies in systems integration and was one of the key architects of the evolution of Delta II to Delta IV. In 1998, he transitioned to chief engineer of Sea Launch. Before joining McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) in the 1980s, he was a research fellow at NASA/Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center.
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 is Senior Vice President of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Defense Business Unit and Vice President of the Rocket Shop℠, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s (AR) Defense Advanced Programs organization, committed to innovation and excellence. The Rocket Shop’s mission is to develop a pipeline of integrated technologies for products in the tactical, missile defense and strategic systems segments, including propulsion, power and armaments. The Rocket Shop℠ also is working to define and develop new opportunities to expand AR’s capability and presence.
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.
Mr. Evans and his wife, Christine, live in Huntsville, Alabama with their two daughters.
SVP Strategy & BD
Greg Jones serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development for Aerojet Rocketdyne, and as an officer of parent company, Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. In thisrole, he oversees the company’s strategic planning, technology planning & development, corporate development, and the capture of new business, reporting to the President & CEO.
Mr. Jones has more than 30 years’ experience in the aerospace industry. Prior to joiningAerojet Rocketdyne, he served as the vice president of Corporate Business Development & International Programs for Orbital ATK. Previous to that, he was vice president of Corporate Strategy & Business Development and vice president of Corporate Strategy & Development while at Orbital Sciences.
He began his career as an engineer, supporting both space and defense programs while at McDonnell Douglas. He advanced professionally through a series of progressive leadership roles in systems engineering, technology development & planning, advanced programs & development, strategy & business development, and corporate strategy & development while at McDonnell Douglas and later at The Boeing Company.
Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
He previously served on the Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) board of governors, and is a past space executive steering committee and space & astronautics advisory committee chair of the Aerospace Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).
Chief Human Resources Officer
Natalie Schilling is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Aerojet Rocketdyne. In this role, she works closely with Business Unit and Center of Excellence leaders, overseeing organizational and cultural development; talent acquisition, training and development; workforce and succession planning; leadership development; performance management; employee communications; human resources information systems; and benefits and wellness.
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.
In addition to her management responsibilities, Ms. Schilling is a current member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
She previously served as a member of the Rutgers Advisory Board for the Center for Human Resources and was on the advisory board for the Michigan State University School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.
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.