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Denny Helgeson to retire as Business and Regional Systems lead for Rockwell Collins


GENEVA, Switzerland (May 2008) - Rockwell Collins announced today that Denny Helgeson, vice president and general manager, Business and Regional Systems, will retire this fall. Greg Irmen has been appointed as Helgeson’s successor, effective immediately.

Helgeson has served Rockwell Collins for more than 33 years and has worked in engineering, production operations, marketing and sales, program and product management, and strategy development. He has been the vice president and general manager of Business and Regional Systems since June 2002.

“Denny has been an outstanding leader of the Business and Regional Systems organization and a substantial contributor to many of our successes,” said Kelly Ortberg, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems for Rockwell Collins. “We look forward to a smooth transition to Greg, who has demonstrated his capabilities as a respected leader within the organization, as well as a strong advocate for the customer in his role on Boeing programs, including the 787.”

Irmen has 11 years of service with Rockwell Collins, with his most recent assignment as senior director, Boeing programs. Irmen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University, a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of California, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Maryville University.

Helgeson will continue to report to Ortberg as vice president and general manager — special assistant until September. In this role, Helgeson will focus on the executive transition of the business and with customers.

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