Gulfstream appoints vice president and general manager of Mexicali facility


Gulfstream has named John Ortega as vice president and general manager of its manufacturing facility in Mexicali, Mexico. Ortega replaces Randy Brown, now director of advanced aircraft programs operations in Savannah, Georgia, USA. Ortega reports to Greg Collett, vice president, initial and final phase operations.

The Mexicali facility, which has more than 1,600 employees, makes wiring harnesses, sheet metal components, sub-assemblies and machined parts that are used in the manufacturing process.

Most recently, Ortega served as director, composites/sub-assembly, in Savannah, where he oversaw operations that support production of Gulfstream large-cabin aircraft. In more than seven years at Gulfstream, Ortega has also been a senior manager in sub-assembly, quality/manufacturing technologies and quality control.

“John has been a valuable member of the operations organization since 2007,” said Collett. “His wealth of experience in people development and process improvement will help make a strong team in Mexicali even stronger.”

Prior to joining Gulfstream in 2007, Ortega worked for 10 years at General Electric in various management and operations positions. He spent 10 years in the US Navy as a pilot. Ortega earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, and a Master of business administration degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, USA.

June 12, 2015

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