Tom Captain serves as Vice Chairman and U.S. Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Leader for Deloitte LLP, and Global A&D Leader for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. He is an industry veteran who has been involved in major industry consolidations, mergers, and transformation initiatives in the North America, Europe, and Asia for more than three decades.
Since joining Deloitte LLP in 1981, Tom has specialized in operational restructuring, industry strategy, investor due diligence, cost reduction, product development, engineering operations, manufacturing productivity improvement, information systems, and program management. Tom's A&D industry experience spans commercial passenger, regional and freighter aircraft, military fighter/attack, and cargo aircraft, defense electronics, avionics, launch vehicles, satellites, net-centric warfare, destroyer, aircraft carrier, missiles, munitions and land armament programs.
Tom is frequently cited by the media on breaking news stories and speaks regularly at industry conferences where his views on the issues, challenges and opportunities in the A&D industry are highly sought after. He has written several op-ed articles in Aviation Week & Space Technology and contributed regularly to its annual Top Performing Companies report. His recent bylines regarding the challenges in the commercial aerospace supply chain, acquisition trends, defense budget issues and innovation challenges have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Defense News, National Defense, Aviation Today, Handelsblatt, Financial Times, Gulf News, and Beijing Times to name a few. His recent speaking engagements include Aviation Week's Program Excellence Awards and MRO Military conferences, Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit and Wharton Aerospace Conference. Tom was recently named by Defense News to their list of "100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense".
Tom has a BA from the University of Washington, an MBA from Seattle University, and also completed the executive education program at the University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business. He is a member of the Seattle University Business School Dean's Executive Advisory Board, contributor to the Puget Sound Regional Council's Prosperity Partnership Aerospace Competitiveness Initiative, Board member of the Museum of Flight, and a member of the Aerospace Industries Association Board of Governors.
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