Sr. Vice President & Chief People Officer
Rick Mendoza is the Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer for Vertex Aerospace. Since 2017, Rick has served as the senior people leader responsible for the tactical execution and strategic direction of all aspects of Human Resources, Security, Communications, Payroll, Labor Relations, and Learning & Development. He joined the Vertex team in 2016 as the Director of Human Resources overseeing ‘People Operations’ comprised of the HR Business Partner, Employee Relations, Talent Management, and Compliance functions.
Prior to joining Vertex, Rick was the Senior Manager of HR for L3 Technologies Platform Integration, a division of 1,700 employees with expertise in aircraft design, system integration, flight sciences engineering, and major structural modification. In that position, he led the HR Business Partner, Talent Management, Human Capital Management Solutions, and Compensation & Benefits functions. He joined the Waco, TX-based operation of L3 in 2004 as the division’s Talent Acquisition lead and HR Business Partner.
Rick retired from the US Air Force after a 21-year career in leadership roles including Forward Air Control (FAC) radar operations and Air Force Recruiting Service from 1982 to 2003. He is a veteran of FAC field assignments throughout Central, South America, & the Caribbean in support of Vice-President directed counter-narcotics missions. Rick also served in numerous positions within Recruiting Service responsible for the accession of thousands of enlisted, commissioned officers, and health care professionals into the Air Force.
Rick holds the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) certification, a credential for those who have mastered the strategic and policy-making aspects of senior HR management, from the Human Resources Certification Institute.