John Roth serves as vice president of business development for Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems where he grows new business and oversees customer relations for the three Space Systems Business Units, Space Exploration Systems, Propulsion and Environmental Systems, and Space Technologies & Space Mission Systems.
Roth was previously the president of MicroSat Systems Inc. from 2002 until it was acquired by SNC in 2008. Prior to joining MicroSat Systems, Roth was vice president of the Electronic Combat business unit for Litton Advanced Systems. Programs under his leadership included major defense systems such as the Joint Strike Fighter Electronic Warfare suite, Improved Capability III Electronic Warfare suite for the U.S. Navy E-2C carrier aircraft and the Advanced Integrated Electronic Warfare System (AIEWS) for Navy surface ships. Prior to joining Litton, Roth has also served as director of Colorado Springs Operations for Lockheed Martin Electronic Defense Systems where he provided direct support to the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s Space Warfare Center at Falcon Air Force Base. He has also held positions director of advanced programs at Litton Amecom, Electronic Warfare programs manager for HRB-Singer, and as manager of the Processor Architecture group at Hughes Aircraft Ground Systems Group.
Roth holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in Management and Leadership and the Wharton Business School Executive Education program in Finance. Roth has served on the board of directors of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, the advisory board of the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, the National Executive Space Council for the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the board of directors for the Center for Space Entrepreneurship. Roth is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is a member of the International Academy of Astronautics.