Senior Vice President, Operations, Pratt & Whitney

Danny Di Perna is Pratt & Whitney's senior vice president, Operations, responsible for strategic sourcing, manufacturing, supply chain, supplier quality and production engine assembly.

In addition to managing Pratt & Whitney's current production portfolio, Di Perna and his leadership team are leading the operation's support for the production readiness of the PurePower® family of engines with Geared Turbofan™ technology, and for the production of the F135 military engine. The team is responsible for leading the overall supply chain production readiness process focused on increasing worldwide manufacturing and supplier capacity, to ensure delivery to our customer commitments.

Di Perna has more than 26 years of experience in the aerospace industry, including 24 years with United Technologies Corp., and most recently, leading Pratt & Whitney's Engineering and Operations organizations. Before that, Di Perna headed the Module Centers & Operations group. He joined Pratt & Whitney in January 2012 as vice president of Global Supply Chain and Strategic Sourcing. Prior to joining Pratt & Whitney, he spent three years leading Hamilton Sundstrand's Auxiliary Power Systems business in San Diego, California.

He served as senior vice president of Aircraft & Engine Maintenance from 2007-09 for Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS). He began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he held positions of increasing responsibility within engineering, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain and operations. His last role with P&WC was vice president of Operations, which he held from 2003-06.

Di Perna earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University, both located in Montreal, Canada.

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units. United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC, visit the website at www.utc.com or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.