Fatih Ozmen
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Fatih Ozmen

  • Turkey, United States
  • CEO of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)

Biography

As CEO of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Fatih Ozmen uses his insight and experience to anticipate the emerging technological needs of the global marketplace, developing tomorrow's technologies today. Driven to innovate for impact—to improve the welfare of humanity and security of the nation—he leads SNC’s exploration of novel and cutting-edge technologies.

Known as a creative thinker and problem solver, Fatih’s never-ending enthusiasm, broad knowledge, and technical expertise guides the dedication to quality and service that is a hallmark of the organization.

From scientists and cybersecurity experts to software engineers and military leaders, the entire SNC team is committed to customer-centricity, surpassing the status quo, and entrepreneurial thinking. It is this culture and vision that distinguishes SNC as a preferred partner and employer of choice.

Fatih joined SNC in 1981 with a broad engineering background and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. He designed and developed high-tech systems and managed several key integration programs during his early years at SNC. With a strong vision for the future, Fatih and his wife, Eren Ozmen, acquired SNC in 1994 and as sole owners launched plans to expand the company. Their strategic leadership—including targeted acquisitions, disciplined financial and technical management, and an unwavering focus on integrity—resulted in SNC’s growth from a small firm of 20 employees into one of the top federal contractors in the United States.

Fatih was selected by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to help to chart America's course in space as a member of the National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group, and is a recognized leader in innovation and agile acquisition. Today SNC is a team of nearly 4,000 people in 33 locations in 19 U.S. states, England, Germany, and Turkey.

Fatih and Eren both received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2016. The Ozmens founded the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship at UNR in 2014, which encourages collaboration across educational, professional, and geographic boundaries.

Awards

  • National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group, selected by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
  • World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space, Fast Company
  • America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc.
  • Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New in 2017,” featuring SNC’s Dream Chaser® spacecraft
  • Tier 1 Superior Supplier for U.S. Air Force
  • Aerospace Company of the Year
  • 2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
  • Aviation Entrepreneurs of the Year
  • Living Legends of Aviation
  • Top 10 Most Influential Turkish Americans, TurkOfAmerica
  • Distinguished Business of the Year
  • Family Owned Business Award -- Nevada Business Magazine
  • 2016 Honorary Doctorate of Science -- University of Nevada, Reno

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