John Schmidt leads Accenture’s Global Aerospace and Defense practice. In this capacity, John directs a team of experienced industry professionals who design and deliver transformational solutions for the commercial aerospace, defense, and space exploration sectors. Under his direction, the practice has grown three times the industry average and is currently working with nine of the industry’s top 10 performers.
Throughout his career, he has worked with many industry leaders, helping them define strategy, drive operational business improvement, accelerate profitable growth, and increase shareholder value. John has worked with the largest OEMs and many Tier 1 suppliers such as providers of aircraft avionics, engines, controls, and defense communications products. He is known for his ability to lead large teams and work in complex global business environments to deliver programs that result in substantive cost reductions, increased business capabilities, and improved organizational effectiveness.
With deep knowledge in the aerospace and defense industry, John’s experience is complemented by his work in other industries such as consumer electronics, industrial products, and health sciences. Prior to rejoining Accenture in 2012, John held senior leadership positions with Cap Gemini Consulting, served as a senior advisor to The Chicago Corporation, worked with Private Equity, and served as the Chief Development Officer and Senior Vice President for Underwriter Laboratories, Inc.
John is a member of the Aerospace Industry Association’s Board of Governors and is a frequent industry speaker on topics such as industry trends, the digital paradigm in aerospace, and the extended supply chain. John is based in Chicago, Illinois