Rockwell Collins has appointed Jairo Soterio as the managing director to lead the company's growing presence in the Latin American (LATAM) region. As the new managing director for LATAM, Soterio is responsible for leading and developing the company's commercial and government systems business interests in the region which has been growing due to orders for military radios, C-130 and P-3 cockpit upgrades as well as training and simulation solutions. For air transportation, Rockwell Collins has been working with multiple airlines in the region to provide advanced cockpits, weather radar and communications products.
"We've expanded across the region in an effort to help our customers succeed, provide local support and better understand their needs," said Jairo Soterio, managing director of Latin America for Rockwell Collins. "There is a strong demand for the capabilities that are part of our key competencies, and we've been always looking for potential partnerships and collaborations with the local industry."
Previously, Jairo was the marketing manager for Latin America at Rockwell Collins, leading the marketing strategies definition and execution, as well as providing sales support. Before joining Rockwell Collins, Jairo held positions at Embraer, where he worked for 13 years in the defense and security organization, holding positions in program management, sales engineering, marketing, market intelligence and product support.
Rockwell Collins has a long history in the LATAM region with manufacturing capabilities in Mexico since 1966, as well as a sales and service center in Brazil since 1974. The company's recent expansion, which included business development and customer support representatives in Colombia, Chile and Mexico, will help strengthen the industrial capabilities of the LATAM defense and aerospace industry further.