Jack Jacobs, PhD

Strategist, Human Space

SVP, Aerospace and Defense


Jack Jacobs, PhD, is Senior Vice President, Aerospace and Defense Celestica. Jacobs has over 30 years of experience working in the aerospace and defense industry. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager for the Global Mobile Broadband Business Unit at ViaSat. Prior to that, Jack spent 19 years at Honeywell Aerospace where he held numerous leadership positions including Vice President and General Manager of the Safety and Connectivity Enterprise which spanned commercial, business aviation, and defense product portfolios. Jacobs also led the “Connected Aircraft” initiative for Honeywell. 


Jacobs holds 17 patents and has been published in more than 30 technical publications. He has served on several US Department of Defense, University, AIA board of governors, and Aviation Week advisory committees for both technology deployment and program excellence. Jacobs also served on the Arizona Governors Commission for Aerospace and Defense. 

Jacobs earned his Bachelor’s and Masters of Science of Engineering degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He holds a PhD in Structural Mechanics from Washington University. He is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and Project Management Professional.

Jacobs is based outside of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona.

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