John Belcher became ARINC’s President and Chief Operating Officer in 1997, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ARINC Incorporated in 2002. In 2004, he was also named Chairman. John has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation, aerospace, airports, information technology, and defense industries.
Previous executive positions include President and CEO, Hughes Aircraft of Canada, Ltd.; Vice President, Hughes Aircraft Company; President and CEO, Thompson-Hickling Aviation; Senior Vice President, SPAR/PRIOR Data Sciences; Executive Director, Transport Canada; and Director General, Supply and Services Canada.
A leading authority in aviation and air transportation, John served as Chairman of the Canadian Advanced Technology Association, President Advisory Board University of Waterloo, and on the Board of Directors for numerous national trade associations and aerospace technology companies.
In 2005, he was selected as one of Maryland’s top business executives, receiving the annual Maryland International Business Leadership Award, and was named the 2005 Business Leader of the Year for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Previous honors included the Canadian National Transportation Award. In 2012 he was named the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in Maryland. In 2013 The Carlyle Group (a global alternative asset manager with $176 Billion of assets under management) named John Belcher the 2013 recipient of the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Excellence award for leadership and management excellence.