Press Release

Aerojet Rocketdyne Welcomes Jerry Tarnacki as Vice President, Quality and Mission Assurance

By SpaceRef Editor
November 30, 2015
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Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: AJRD), announced today that Jerry Tarnacki joined the company as vice president of Quality and Mission Assurance. Tarnacki will be based out of the West Palm Beach, Florida facility.

Tarnacki brings 30+ years of diverse leadership experience in the aerospace and defense industry through the U.S. Air Force, General Electric Aircraft Engines, and United Technologies Corporation’s Pratt & Whitney division.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have Jerry join my leadership team,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “Jerry brings a wealth of expertise in the areas of manufacturing, quality assurance and continuous improvement. Having worked closely with him in the past, I’ve experienced firsthand, his focus on attention to detail and his distinction as a Six Sigma mentor. Maintaining exceptional quality in our products and processes is a core value for Aerojet Rocketdyne, and by bringing Jerry on board, we’re boosting that commitment to an even higher level.”

In his 12 years with Pratt & Whitney, Tarnacki served in a variety of executive positions, most recently as vice president of Aftermarket Services. Tarnacki previously served as vice president of Manufacturing Operations; vice president of Quality, Competitive Excellence, Environmental, Health & Safety; and vice president of Global Repair Services.

During a 12-year career with General Electric Aircraft Engines, Tarnacki served as a customer satisfaction executive; supply chain executive; Six Sigma Master Black Belt; and materials engineering manager.

In his early career, Tarnacki served eight years active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a program manager in the areas of materials and propulsion. He continued to serve in the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 2002 as lieutenant colonel.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and

SpaceRef staff editor.