Following his retirement from Honeywell in early 2006, Bob Johnson served as Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), a global aerospace manufacturing and services corporation. Based in Dubai, DAE established six aerospace subsidiaries including flight training and university, engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul, aircraft leasing, airport management and technical services. He retired and returned to Arizona at completion of the start ups in late 2008.
Mr. Johnson, 61, previously served as Chairman of Honeywell Aerospace, the world's largest supplier of aircraft engines, equipment, systems and services for commercial transport, regional, general aviation and military aircraft, until his retirement at the end of 2005. Prior to that role, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell Aerospace for six years.
Prior to becoming CEO of Honeywell Aerospace, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of AlliedSignal Aerospace, and led the acquisition of Honeywell. Earlier, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of AlliedSignal Electronic & Avionics Systems. He joined AlliedSignal in July 1994 as Vice President and General Manager of Global Repair and Overhaul Operations. In 1996, he was named Vice President and General Manager of Aerospace Services, which included oversight of repair and overhaul, commercial spares and military customer support activities.
Before joining AlliedSignal, Johnson was Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing and Services for AAR Corporation, an aviation company headquartered in Chicago.
He began his career at GE Aircraft Engines (GEAE) spending 12 years in operations following another 12 years in key financial management positions. In 1983, Johnson was appointed President and Managing Director of the GE Aircraft Engine's high-technology repair business in Singapore. While in Singapore, he also served as the GE's National Executive representing a diverse set of eight GE businesses there. He later served as General Manager of GE's global Field Service Engineering team and GE's global Aviation Services business.
In 2005, Johnson served as Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and was a long-standing member of the Board of the Aviation Safety Alliance.
Bob is a member of the Board of Directors and Trustees of Arizona State University Foundation; a member of the Conquistadores Del Cielo, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Drug Free Arizona organization and the Valley of the Sun United Way Foundation. He is also a member of three corporate boards: Roper Industries, Ariba, Inc., and Chairman of Spirit AeroSystems. In addition, Johnson is Chairman of the Arizona Aerospace Institute Board of Advisors. He also serves as an advisor to Stirling Energy Systems, as well as to Singapore Aerospace Technologies.
In 2007, Johnson was named International Executive of the Year by Miami University and the Farmer School of Business.
He was named a Significant Sig in 2002 by the National Sigma Chi Fraternity, and was inducted into the Zanesville Ohio Hall of Fame in 2009.
A native of Zanesville, Ohio, he is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio. His home is in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bob has 3 adult children who live in Arizona and California.
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