Brian Schettler

Brian Schettler
PARTNER, HEAD OF AEI HORIZONX

Mr. Schettler is a Partner at AE Industrial and leads AEI HorizonX, the venture capital platform formed between AE Industrial and The Boeing Company. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Mr. Schettler was a founder and Senior Managing Director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures. He led the Boeing venture capital team chartered with investing in selected startups throughout the world. His team identified and pursued opportunities to make investments in startup companies with discriminating and disruptive technologies for next-generation Aerospace, Defense, and Security applications. He has been recognized by Global Corporate Venturing Institute for creating and leading a Top 30 corporate venture capital unit out of the 2200+ that they track globally. Mr. Schettler has over two decades of experience in aerospace, technology, and defense companies and has led numerous investment transactions in his career to include venture, M&A, and divestiture. He currently is an active Board participant across 6 companies to include one publically listed on the NYSE. Prior roles include leading global companies in strategy and corporate development. Mr. Schettler spent a year as the acting Vice President of Corporate strategy for Boeing while also leading the HorizonX team. He spent three years as vice president of corporate strategy at Cobham plc, a global technology company headquartered in the United Kingdom, where he led corporate and business strategy development, including the evaluation and prioritization of private venture investment across its diversified product lines. He spent another two years at ATK and was responsible for corporate strategy and portfolio development. He also was a senior strategist for Boeing Military Aircraft and Phantom Works, where he led mergers and acquisitions, business strategy, and partnership development in Silicon Valley and beyond. Finally, Mr. Schettler led strategy and program operations for the Space Systems Division of Northrop Grumman, managing their technology portfolio and investments. Mr. Schettler holds a BS in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He has completed executive education courses at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and has engineering certifications from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.