Board Member
Mark C. Rhodes
Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Rolls-Royce

Mark was appointed Vice-President, Engineering and Technology for Roll-Royce Corporation in August 2011 and is based in Indianapolis.

In this role, Mark is responsible for the design, development, manufacture, certification, production and in-service support of Rolls-Royce products in Indianapolis. He is also accountable for the development of the people, processes and technology needed to maintain and enhance commercial competitiveness.

Mark has an extensive background in Engineering. He spent four years as Vice-President of the F136 programme; a $3 billion engine for the F-35 Lightning II fighter plane. He was also Chief Engineer of the project from 2005 to 2007.

Over a 29-year career, Mark has served in a wide range of positions, including as Chief Engineer for AE 2100 Turboprop engines (1999-2001), the Joint Strike Fighter LiftFan project (2001-2003) and Rolls-Royce Defence Engines (2003-2005). In the latter role he had complete technical and product safety responsibility for all Defence, Helicopter, Energy and Marine product lines in Indianapolis.

Mark graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1984 with a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and has completed executive education courses at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Mark joined the Allison Engine Company (bought by Rolls-Royce in 1995) as Experimental Test Project Engineer before becoming a turbine designer.

He represents Rolls-Royce on the board of directors for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the External Advisory Board of the UK’s College of Mechanical Engineering, the Indiana Aerospace and Defense Council and the AIA Technical Operations Committee.

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