Mere days after Kelly Ortberg took over as CEO of Rockwell Collins, the avionics supplier announced its largest acquisition ever, a $1.39 billion purchase of Arinc. It turns out he was just getting started.  Three years later, Rockwell Collins is staking its future on a much bigger—and riskier—bet. The company’s Oct. 23 deal to buy B/E Aerospace, a leading supplier of aircraft interior products, would increase its sales and workforce by 50% and extend Rockwell’s ...

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