Dedicated Business Units Will Enable Deeper Vertical Knowledge, Focused Skills Application, and Increased Agility for Customers as well as Better Structured Growth Paths for Employees
MONTVILLE, N.J.—August 23, 2022—Marotta Controls announces a strategic reorganization designed to strengthen product development and manufacturing processes, in turn improving the customer experience. The new structure remodels the company’s business units—Marine & Aerospace, Space, and Power & Actuation Systems—to function as fully supported verticals that manage a program’s complete lifecycle.
“The restructuring of our business units has been in process for some time. It’s a natural evolution driven by our accelerated growth experienced in recent years,” said Patrick Marotta, President and CEO, Marotta Controls. “The changes well-position us for future expansion as well, as they establish repeatable operational and reporting structures that can more easily scale. We trust our customers will embrace the new model as it will only enhance our ability to continue designing, developing, and delivering innovative solutions going forward.”
Vertical Business Units = Vertical Expertise
Prior to the reorganization, Marotta’s business units primarily focused on program management and business development. The Engineering, Quality, and Operations (i.e., supply chain, production, machining, etc.) teams were horizontal in that they worked across all units.
The new vertical approach ensures the business units are now each equipped with dedicated Engineering, Quality, and Operations services. This will allow for engineers to become highly specialized in their assigned product market, rather than having to develop and keep current cross-market skill sets.
“For decades, we operated as a small business that required us sharing critical engineering and production resources. That model worked while our product lines remained primarily focused on our legacy valve solutions. As our space products, power solutions, and control actuation systems move to volume production, we recognize that it makes better sense to dedicate resources to each line so that we can remain nimble,” added Patrick.
Expanding Career Opportunities
Marotta Controls also views the reorganization as an opportunity to better support employees’ career progression. The vertical approach sets cleaner career paths for staff members as it gives them the ability to develop nuanced skill sets as well as access to more leadership roles. Employees can also pursue professional development plans that see them cross into new business units, thereby gaining new market knowledge as desired.
“Career progression is something our employees value as does the executive leadership team. The restructuring benefits for our staff equal those for our customers. By implementing a business-unit-focused structure, we’re creating new career opportunities. We’re also opening channels for cross-unit best practice sharing, which again will strengthen our output for customers while advancing individual team member’s expertise,” said Patrick .
Per the reorganization, Marotta Controls also announced the following new appointments:
Steve Fox – Senior Vice President, Power & Actuation Systems
Steve Fox, currently the VP Aerospace & Tactical Systems, will expand his responsibilities as the Senior Vice President, Power & Actuation Systems. He comes to this role as an accomplished veteran of the aerospace and defense industries. Steve holds more than 20 years of leadership experience within Marotta Controls where he transformed the Engineering and Operations organizations by nurturing a culture of performance excellence.
Marilyn Petite – Vice President, Marine & Aerospace Systems
Marilyn Petite, currently the Vice President of Operations, will expand her responsibilities as the Vice President, Marine & Aerospace Systems. Having joined the company in 2002, she has been instrumental in developing a quality-focused culture across the organization. Throughout her tenure, Marilyn has overseen each of Marotta’s production cells—a responsibility that includes supply chain management, purchasing, and planning. She has also served as VP of Contracts & Customer Service, giving her unique insight into the expectations and needs of customers.
Max Wolfinger – Vice President, Space Systems
Max Wolfinger will maintain his role as Vice President of Space Systems, a position he has held since 2020. With nearly ten years at Marotta Controls, Max has risen through the company to successfully evolve the business unit that supports government as well as commercial spaceflight. Under Max’s leadership, Marotta has notably expanded its market share in the emerging commercial space industry by leveraging the company’s legacy valve product portfolio.
Mike Heller – Executive Vice President & CFO
Mike Heller, currently Marotta’s Vice President Finance & CFO, will expand his responsibilities as the Executive Vice President & CFO. In addition to Finance, he will now oversee Human Resources, Quality Systems, Continuous Improvement, and Marketing. To date, Mike has contributed to the development and implementation of Marotta’s Business Units and has helped scale the company, its support functions, and capital structure for growth. He brings to this new role nearly two decades of experience in Aerospace and Defense leading a variety of functions for middle-market and Fortune 500 firms.
About Marotta Controls
Founded in 1943, Marotta Controls is a fully integrated solutions provider which designs, develops, qualifies and manufactures innovative systems and sub-systems for the aerospace and defense sectors. Our portfolio includes pressure, power, motion, fluid, and electronic controls for tactical systems, shipboard and sub-sea applications, satellites, launch vehicles, and aircraft systems. With over 200 patents, Marotta Controls continues to build on its legacy as a highly respected, family-owned small business based in the state of New Jersey. Twitter: @marottacontrols LinkedIn: Marotta Controls, Inc.
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