Craig Olson - CEM Executive Board Member
Vice President, Connectivity Solutions at Thales InFlyt Entertainment & Connectivity at Thales
February 2019, Craig assumed the position of Vice Presiden, Connectivity Solutions at Thales InFlyt Entertainment & Connectivity at Thales, leading and driving the development and customization of aircraft connectivity solutions - hardware, software and connectivity service packages. Responsible for business infrastructure, product line management, development and customer program management for all connectivity solutions, including Connectivity, Hardware, Ka Sat Com, Wireless network, Ground infrastructure, Portal Connected Software, Retrofit and Value-Added Services.
Prior to his position with Thales, Craig was Vice President/General Manager of Business and Regional Systems, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA. Craig Olson was appointed his position at Rockwell Collins in January 2014. In this role, his responsibilities included business area growth, strategic planning, customer satisfaction, profit and loss, and advanced product development program performance for the Business and Regional Systems unit of Commercial Systems. Since joining Rockwell Collins in 1986, Olson has held program management, strategy and technical positions of increasing responsibility in both the Commercial Systems and Government Systems businesses. Olson was senior director and site leader of Head-up Guidance Systems from June 2011 through 2013. Prior to this, he was a director of programs within Flight Information Solutions. Raised in Grand Forks, N.D., Olson holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Iowa.