Robert Brown joined Bombardier in 1987. In 1999 he was named Canada’s most respected CEO from Bombardier contributions to the Canadian economy. Born in Croyden, England in 1945, Brown served with the Canadian Forces until 1971 when he joined the Canadian Public Service where he achieved senior roles with Atomic Energy Canada, the Public Service Commission and the Treasury Board. From 1978 to 1986 Brown held several key economic positions within the federal government. He joined Bombardier in 1987 as vice-president for corporate development and two years later promoted to senior vice president corporate development and strategic planning. In 1990 he was appointed president of Canadair, Learjet and DeHavilland and in 1996 named president and CEO of Bombardier Aerospace. In 1999 he became president and CEO of Bombardier Inc.