Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Aerojet Rocketdyne
As Senior Vice President of Strategy & Business Development, Jim Simpson leads the Aerojet Rocketdyne organization responsible for business development and strategy. This includes ownership of the business acquisition process, new business pursuits, product marketing, along with the development of the annual long-range business pursuit pipeline definition and focused corporate-level leadership, inclusive of the annual and long-range strategic plans. Mr. Simpson’s areas of focus include competitive intelligence analysis and the competitive capture process, as well as mergers and acquisitions for the company. In this role, he oversees the business development talent and serves as the primary point of interaction with the government relations and strategy functions for business development efforts. He is also responsible for the overall strategic and policy development of the company’s business development programs and driving growth and profitability objectives. Mr. Simpson is a 35-year veteran in the aerospace and defense industry. Prior to joining Aerojet Rocketdyne, he served as the vice president of Business Development & Strategy for Network and Space Systems at Boeing Defense, Space & Security. In this position, he maximized customer engagement, new business, advocacy and marketing efforts, research and development investments, mergers and acquisitions, business unit strategy and leadership development. Mr. Simpson has held a number of senior leadership positions during his career at Boeing, serving as the president of Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc., president of Boeing Commercial Satellite Services Inc., and vice president of Commercial Satellite Systems for Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS) within Boeing Network and Space Systems. In 2013, he was responsible for leading the general management of all Boeing commercial satellites, ground systems and services. He also led the company’s efforts in a variety of commercial satellite systems, including Intelsat, Inmarsat, ViaSat, MEXSAT and SES, a joint procurement contract from Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) and Satélites Mexicanos (Satmex). As vice president of Boeing in 1998, Mr. Simpson was involved in a variety of strategic business areas within Boeing’s space business, which encompassed Boeing’s Launch & Satellite systems unit, Sea Launch, Expendable Launch Systems, and Rocketdyne Propulsion and Power business units. Mr. Simpson received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Materials Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a graduate certificate in Engineering Management from the California Institute of Technology. In addition, he currently serves as an AIAA member and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.