Keynote Featured Speaker
Dr. Matthew Ganz, President, Boeing Germany and Northern Europe
Dr. Matthew Ganz is president of Boeing Germany and Northern Europe, and the company's vice president of European Technology Strategy. Based in Berlin, he is the company's senior leader in the region, responsible for leading the development and implementation of the Boeing strategy for Germany and Northern Europe. He also is responsible for ensuring the company's European technology strategies and activities are integrated into the global Boeing technology strategy.
Previously, Ganz was vice president and general manager of Boeing Research & Technology, Boeing's advanced central research and development unit. He led a team of nearly 4,000 employees that provide innovative system solutions and technologies in support of Boeing's existing programs and products, as well as breakthrough technologies for the creation of new products and business opportunities.
Before coming to Boeing in February 2008, Ganz was president, CEO and general manager of HRL Laboratories in Malibu, Calif. Before joining HRL in 2003, Ganz spent two years as sector vice president for strategy and technology for Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems in Irving, Texas and El Segundo, Calif. At Northrop Grumman, Ganz helped develop technology strategy for a $3 billion operation that included the B-2 stealth bomber and eight other major military aircraft.
In 2000, Ganz founded Navigator Technology Ventures in Cambridge, Mass., as a spin-off from The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and served as managing director and CEO of the seed-stage venture capital firm until 2001. The previous two years, Ganz was vice president of technology and programs at Draper Laboratory.
Ganz was with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., from 1992 to 1998 as a program manager in the Special Projects Office and as director of the Sensor Technology Office. Before that he was with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory Radar Systems Group in Lexington, Mass., as an associate group leader from 1986 to 1992 and with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., from 1982 to 1984 as an associate staff member.
An electrical engineering major, Ganz holds Ph.D., Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from The Ohio State University. He has been a member or chairman of 10 Defense Science Board and Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study panels.
He also has served on the board of several private companies including Scaled Composites, LLC, when it won the X-Prize for the first private manned space launch.