Plane View Partners
Bob Saia is a Senior Advisor to Plane View Partners after he retired from United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in June 2014 after a 41 year career. During his career he has held a variety of management executive positions including technology and product development, business development, strategic planning, product marketing and contract negotiation.
Mr. Saia's last position before retiring was VP, Commercial Engine Development Program. Bob led an interdisciplinary team that developed and brought to market the company's next generation of commercial engines, the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1000G engine with Geared TurboFanTM technology. Under Mr. Saia's leadership, P&W’s Next Generation Product Family organization consolidated development efforts across Pratt & Whitney divisions for large business jets, regional passenger jets and the next generation single aisle aircraft. He received the distinguished Silver Metal Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society in December 2014 for his program leadership in the development of Pratt & Whitney’s Geared TurboFanTM Engine.
Mr Saia began his career with Pratt & Whitney in Engineering. He later led the Commercial Engines Marketing and Business Development Group. He joined the Engine Alliance, a joint venture launched between Pratt & Whitney and General Electric, in late 2000 to develop and sell the GP7200 series for the Airbus A380 airplane. He was Executive, Vice President of the Engine Alliance and Vice President of P&W’s GP7000 Program.
Mr Saia has a successful track record of meeting objectives often times by incorporating unique solutions to meet business challenges. His extensive knowledge of jet engine and airplane design has enabled him to lead several important programs while at Pratt & Whitney.