James Guyette, president and chief
executive officer of Rolls-Royce North America (RRNA), will be the
featured speaker at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s
graduation ceremony for 426 students on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 10
a.m. in the university’s ICI Center. Guyette will receive the
university’s Distinguished Speaker Award.
Guyette oversees all Rolls-Royce companies and operations in
North America, encompassing more than 8,000 employees at 70
facilities in the United States and Canada. In 2002, total RRNA
sales exceeded $2.8 billion.
He is an executive director on the Rolls-Royce North American
Holdings Board and serves on the boards of Rolls-Royce PLC and
Pembroke. Guyette joined Rolls-Royce in 1997.
Rolls-Royce North America,
headquartered in suburban Washington, D.C., manufactures engines
for land, sea, and air applications, with more Rolls-Royce engines
built in the United States than anywhere else in the world. Global
customers include government agencies, civil and military aircraft
manufacturers, commercial airlines, corporate and regional
operators, public utilities, independent power producers, pipeline
operators, and on-shore and off-shore oil producers.
Before joining Rolls-Royce North America, Guyette had a 28-year
career with United Airlines. Most recently, he was executive vice
president responsible for all marketing, sales, fleet, and route
planning and scheduling. Formerly he was executive vice president
accountable for all aspects of the airline’s daily operations
and assistant to the chairman of the board. Guyette earned a
Laurels Award from Aviation Week & Space Technology for his
role on the team that designed, developed, and launched the Boeing
Guyette serves on the National Research Council’s
Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and is a director of the
Private Bank and Trust Co. in Chicago. He is a member of the Board
of Governors for the Aerospace Industries Association, president of
the Wings Club, and a founding member and current treasurer of the
Aviation Safety Alliance. He also serves on the National Board of
Advisors for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western
Art in Indianapolis.
Guyette received a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint
Mary’s College, Moraga, Calif. He now serves on the
college’s Board of Regents.
Embry-Riddle, the world’s largest, fully accredited
university specializing in aviation and aerospace, meets the needs
of students and industry through its educational, training,
research, and consulting activities. Embry-Riddle educates more
than 25,000 students annually through the master’s level at
residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz.,
at more than 130 learning centers in the United States and Europe,
and through distance learning.