Moving Up – Top New Leadership Appointments Start the Year

Dr. Suniti Moudgil new CTO at Carpenter Technology 

Dr. Suniti Moudgil has joined Carpenter Technology Corporation in the role of Chief Technology Officer. She will be responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and its R&D organization as well as overseeing the company’s intellectual property portfolio. 

Previously she was Global Technology Leader in DuPont’s Electronics & Industrial business unit where she led the technology strategy and R&D organization for several product lines in the portfolio, focusing investments on markets and technologies with the greatest potential to deliver sustainable competitive advantage and revenue growth. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a minor in Health Sciences and Technology. She earned an Executive Education Certification from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business on Leading Innovative Change and is Six Sigma Black Belt certified. 

Dr. Philip Perconti new CTO at Leonardo DRS 

Leonardo DRS, Inc. has named Dr. Philip Perconti as the company’s Chief Technology Officer to lead the corporate research and development strategy, accelerate innovation and expand partnerships that result in integrated technology solutions yielding enhanced warfighting capabilities. 

He has more than 30 years of experience conducting research, managing, and leading science and technology programs for the U.S. Army. Most recently he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology/Army Chief Scientist with oversight of the Army-wide Science & Technology program spanning 17 Laboratories and Engineering Centers with nearly 12,000 scientists and engineers. 

In a previous position, Dr. Perconti served as Director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Army’s corporate laboratory. He led six technical business units, with over 3000 employees, including the US Army Research Office. 

“The experience and knowledge that Dr. Perconti brings will enable Leonardo DRS to strategically evaluate its range of advanced capabilities and identify gaps in capability to integrate them and to develop next-generation systems and capabilities,” said Bill Lynn, chief executive officer of Leonardo DRS. 

“As a leading provider of defense products and technologies that are used across land, air, sea, space and cyber domains, our goal is to provide our customer with forward-thinking advanced technologies that will keep our warfighters multiple steps ahead of the threats they face. As somebody very familiar with our technologies, Dr. Perconti is an ideal fit to bring research and advanced products together to help us develop advanced technologies that keep our warfighters safe and effective in the battlespace,” said John Baylouny, Chief Operating Officer of Leonardo DRS. 

Rob Watson president of Rolls-Royce’s new Electrical business unit 

Rolls-Royce announces that Rob Watson has joined the Executive Team as President – Electrical.
Watson has led Rolls-Royce Electrical since October 2017, having previously held a number of senior corporate and business roles across the group during his ten-year career with the company.

Rolls-Royce Electrical became a separate business unit at the first of the year, offering aviation customers a complete electric propulsion system for their platform, whether that is an electric vertical takeoff and landing or commuter aircraft. In 2021, Rolls-Royce Electrical announced partnerships with Vertical Aerospace, Eve and Tecnam and also staked the claim for the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft with the Spirit of Innovation

As of January 1, the global management of maxon Group is composed of Eugen Elmiger (CEO), Norbert Bitzi (CFO), Martin Zimmermann (CSO), Andreas Richter (COO), and Stefan Müller (CTO). 

Stefan Mueller has been appointed Chief Technology Officer of the maxon Group. Previously, he was  head of the Mobility Solutions business unit. There have been a number of personnel changes in the global management of the maxon Group. Ulrich Claessen, who shaped maxon as head of development and CTO for 14 years, retired at the end of 2021. This past summer, Andreas Richter joined the group’s management as Vice-Chairman and COO. 

Mueller studied electrical engineering at the University of Stuttgart, graduating with a doctorate in 2003. He worked at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart in a number of roles in the development of automotive and power electronics, and at the Schindler Group as the head of development for electric drives.