Eileen P. 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. She currently serves on the Aerojet Rocketdyne Board of Directors.
Ms. Drake joined Aerojet Rocketdyne in March 2015 as chief operating officer. She 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 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. She holds commercial and private pilot's licenses in both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.
Appointed to the board of Woodward, Inc. in 2017, Ms. Drake currently serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. Woodward, Inc. is an independent designer, manufacturer and service provider of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and industrial markets.
Ms. Drake has been serving on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) since 2018 and was a member of AIA's Executive Committee from November 2018 to November 2020. 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.
Ms. Drake has served on the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) National Board of Directors since 2020. The 2.5 million member GSUSA is the nation's preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with programs coast to coast and across the globe.
From June 2020 to June 2022 Ms. Drake served on the National Space Council's Users' Advisory Group (UAG). The UAG is a federal advisory committee that advises the National Space Council on U.S. national space policy and approaches to strengthen U.S. leadership in space.