Augsburg, Germany | September 29, 2015– Kontron, a global market leader for embedded computing technology (ECT), has appointed Jim VandeSteeg to lead and direct the Avionics Business Line effective September 30th, 2015. VandeSteeg brings more than 27 years of aviation experience to Kontron where he has held increasingly responsible management positions most recently at Panasonic Avionics. In this strategic role, VandeSteeg will leverage his proven success in identifying new business opportunities, provide strategy and policy development and customer relationship management in both domestic and global markets.

“Jim is a big win for Kontron. His years of relevant industry experience at Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Honeywell Aerospace and Rockwell Collins will boost our prospects for significant sustainable growth,” explained Kevin Rhoads Executive Vice President, Avionics, Transportation and Defense business unit at Kontron.
“I am thrilled to join Kontron at this time of growth in its avionics portfolio. I am confident my expertise will be instrumental in strengthening Kontron’s position with customers, and increasing its influence for the advanced development of commercial avionics in-flight entertainment and ground communications systems,” remarked VandeSteeg.

Kontron is a known global market leader of advanced embedded computing solutions that are backed by the company’s more than 30 years of design expertise engineering avionics technologies. The avionics products Kontron develops have resulted in the industry’s most cost-effective certified In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFE&C) open platform solutions in the market.