Brad Mottier joined GE in 2002, when it acquired Unison Industries, a manufacturer of proprietary electrical and mechanical systems and control components for aerospace applications. Prior to this, Mottier was with Unison for 22 years, where he started as a consulting engineer while in graduate school and subsequently held roles in Engineering, Supply Chain, Marketing, Sales, and Senior Management. Following the acquisition, Mottier continued to lead Unison for GE and in 2005, was promoted to lead GE Aviation’s Services business. In 2008, Mottier was tapped to accelerate GE’s move into business and general aviation. In 2013, GE Aviation’s Integrated Systems business, derived from the acquisition of Smiths Aerospace in 2007, was combined with the Business & General Aviation unit, to form BGA-IS, under Mottier’s leadership. In 2020, Mottier was tapped to combine GE Aviation's Avionics business with the Integrated Systems portion of BGA-IS to form Aviation Systems, consolidating GE Aviation’s non-engine aviation products and systems into one business unit. At the same time, the Business & General Aviation unit that was previously part of BGA-IS was consolidated within other GE Aviation business units.
In 2013, Mottier served as Chairman of the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA) and oversaw passage of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act, requiring the FAA to modernize Part 23 certification. His prior roles with the organization include chairing the Technical Policy Committee, which represents the industry in regulatory matters with FAA and international agencies. In 2014, he received Aviation Week & Space Technology’s prestigious Laureate Award for Business and General Aviation, for guiding GE’s investment and growth in the small-engine market and for using his passion for aviation to provide leadership to an industry facing a multitude of challenges. In 2016, Mottier received the GE Chairman’s Award for Empowering and Inspiring leadership.
Also in 2016, Mottier established the annual Mottier Innovation Challenge at the University of Illinois to reward interdisciplinary entrepreneurship.
In August 2019, Mottier was appointed to the U.S. Department of Transportation Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee (SOCAC). The SOCAC was created by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and consists of 20 voting members across the nationwide aviation community.
Mottier is a member of the President’s Council for the University of Illinois and a distinguished alumnus of the Department of General Engineering and College of Engineering at the University of Illinois, where he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Mottier also holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He also serves as a Director of the Sontag Foundation, which funds brain cancer research and other social needs. Mottier holds several patents in ignition technologies.
Brad Mottier is an avid pilot, aircraft owner, rallies historic race cars, and enjoys woodworking and fly fishing.