Chris Cholerton

Group President, Rolls-Royce

Chris became Group President in April 2023. As part of this role, he has executive responsibility for the Group’s nuclear operations, including Rolls-Royce Submarines and as CEO of Rolls-Royce SMR, and was appointed Chair of Rolls-Royce Submarines Limited in August 2023. Prior to this role, Chris was president of our Civil Aerospace business from March 2018 and president of our Defence business from 2015 to 2018. He has held engineering, programme and operational leadership positions in both our Civil Aerospace and Defence businesses and has worked closely with key airframe partners, airline customers and governments.

From 2012 to 2015 he ran an important part of our global supply chain operations, covering manufacturing plants, purchasing and strategy. From 2006 to early 2012, Chris led Civil Aerospace’s largest new product introduction and production programmes, including as Director of the Trent XWB programme where he achieved milestones up to the first engine flight. Before this, he held posts as Director – Boeing Programmes and Director – Airbus Production Programmes. Earlier, he was Director – Joint Strike Fighter in the Defence business, leading the programme which delivered the novel Rolls-Royce LiftSystem® for the Lockheed Martin F-35B.

Chris joined Rolls-Royce as an undergraduate in 1981 and graduated with a degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University. He is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Association of Project Management.

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