The Honorable Heidi Shyu and CEO of Heidi Shyu Inc. is joining Yulista as a special advisor to the Yulista family of subsidiaries. The Honorable Shyu provides advice to Yulista leadership in growth strategies for new and current markets.
“The Yulista family is thrilled to have Ms. Shyu join our team in this capacity. Ms. Shyu is extremely well respected and known in our industry for her knowledge, experience, leadership, and integrity. Her knowledge, expertise, and advice will be a huge benefit to our team and as will her inputs on our key corporate decision points and objectives. We’re excited for the overall value she’s bringing to our team, customers, and importantly, our shareholders,” commented Josh Herren, President/CEO, Yulista.
Heidi Shyu has extensive experience in the defense industry, along with serving on numerous advisory boards and has consulted for over a dozen companies.
Previously, she was the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, ASA(ALT), from Sept. 2012 to Jan. 2016. Prior to this, she served as the Acting ASA(ALT), from Jun. 2011 and the Principal Deputy starting Nov. 2010.
As the ASA(ALT), she served as the Army Acquisition Executive, the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Army’s Senior Research and Development official. She had principal responsibility for all Department of the Army matters related to logistics.
Prior to this position, she was the Vice President of Technology Strategy for Space & Airborne Systems (SAS) at Raytheon. She also held several senior leadership positions there, including Corporate VP of Technology & Research, VP & Technical Director of SAS, VP of Unmanned & Reconnaissance Systems.
In addition to her extensive experience at Raytheon, she served as a Project Manager at Litton Industries and was the Principal Engineer for the Joint STARS Self Defense Study at Grumman. She began her engineering career at Hughes Aircraft Company.
Heidi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Canada, a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Mathematics from the University of Toronto, an MS Degree in System Science (Electrical Eng.) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Engineer Degree from UCLA. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the UNB. She is also a graduate of the UCLA Executive Management Program.
She was a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board from 2000 to 2010, and served as the Vice Chairman from 2003 to 2005 and as the Chairman from 2005 to 2008.
Hon. Shyu is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for The Aerospace Corporation, the Chairman of the Board for Roboteam North America, Board for Plasan North America, Board of Advisors for Catalyze Dallas, Board for VK Integrated Systems, UCLA Dean’s Executive Board, and Advisory Board for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Defense & Aerospace Export Council. She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering, AIAA Fellow and is the recipient of numerous awards to include: the DoD Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Dept. of the Army Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Dept of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service and the UCLA Engineering Alumni Professional Achievement Award.
Yulista is committed to being the best-equipped Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) in the world, performing rapid response aerospace and defense solutions for foreign and domestic customers. We believe in the power of our people and our communities. We’re not just a company, we’re a family. Our greatest assets are the men and women who contribute, excel, and strive to deliver results through our commitment to quality, innovation, and belief in the mission.