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Rockwell Collins: No. 40 in the DiversityInc Top 50

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The Cedar Rapids, Iowa–based defense contractor’s escalating commitment to diversity and inclusion is exemplified by its leadership. Former Chairman and CEO Clay Jones was a staunch diversity champion, and his successor, Kelly Ortberg, is taking diversity and inclusion to a new level.

Ortberg gets a perfect score on our CEO Commitment questions, including signing off on executive compensation tied to diversity goals, chairing the executive diversity council, and having a prominent quote about the importance of diversity and inclusion to business goals on the corporate website.

His direct reports are also very involved in diversity and inclusion, including serving as executive sponsors of employee resource groups and being on the boards of multicultural nonprofits, including the National Organization on Disability, The PhD Project and Diversity Focus, a Cedar Rapids organization Rockwell Collins helped found.

The company has strong metrics in place to assess diversity success, including dashboards and scorecards that measure human-capital results, supplier-diversity progress and mentoring, retention, leader diversity training and engagement.


Kelly Ortberg
CEO and President

“There’s a direct link between how we embrace diversity and inclusion and how we meet the unique needs of our aerospace and defense customers. We believe widely different experiences bring different perspectives, which then become a springboard for innovative thinking.”

Rod Dooley
Vice President, Diversity & Integrated Talent Management

“For us, diversity is a growth driver, especially as we continue to expand internationally. Rockwell Collins is more technically capable because of our diverse workforce, and our diversity and inclusion strategies are helping us build a more empowered work environment for all employees.”



U.S. Headquarters: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Global Employees: 20,000

U.S. Employees: 15,000


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