Catalyze Dallas Welcomes Boeing Executive Ed Dolanaki to Board of Advisors

Nov. 18, 2020

Catalyze Dallas has welcomed Ed Dolanski, former president defense services at Boeing Government Services, to its distinguished Board of Advisors. Dolanski retired from Boeing’s $10 billion business earlier this year, and brings more than 30 years of experience to his role advising Catalyze, which works with defense companies like Boeing to unleash the full value and potential of their investments in innovation.

“Our Board helps us work closely with defense partners, analyzing their R&D product portfolios to identify breakthrough technology and helping strategize how we can bring them to new markets,” said Joe D’Cruz, founder and managing director of Catalyze Dallas. “Profound knowledge and experience like Ed’s help us effectively widen the lens in evaluating the most likely commercial opportunities. On our Board, he joins a similarly accomplished group of highly esteemed business, aerospace, defense, and energy executives.”

At Boeing Government Services Dolanski led a team of more than 13,000 employees at 295 locations. Dolanski also served as president and chief executive officer of Aviall, a Boeing subsidiary, and in various vice president roles at Raytheon Company. He serves on several private equity and startup boards, and is a member of the Texas Diversity Council Board of Directors. Other members of Catalyze’s Board of Advisors serving with Dolanski include:

Frank Cappucio, advisor to defense science board, former executive vice president and general manager of Skunk Works

Thomas C. Leppert, chairman Austin Industries, former Dallas Mayor, former CEO of Kaplan and Turner Construction Company

Bobby B. Lyle, CEO of Lyco Energy, SMU Trustee (Lyle School of Engineering)

General Norton A. Schwartz (Emeritus), former chief of staff of the USAF (Ret.), president and CEO of Business Executives for National Security

The Honorable Heidi Shyu, chairman of the Board for Roboteam America, former Assistant Secretary of the Army, former Vice President of Technology Strategy at Raytheon

Major General (Ret.) Keith Thurgood, Ph. D., Interim CEO for Department of Defense Community Services Reform

Robert F. Weiss, former president of Skunk Works, former executive vice president of Lockheed Martin

Commercializing purpose-built products developed by defense companies using a proven turnkey model, Catalyze has developed its approach through decades of experience and with a dozen clients. Helping their partners see their innovations brought to commercial markets and more widely applied, the company has successfully expanded the reach of numerous technologies, twice launching successful businesses: Alpine Advanced Materials using Lockheed-developed HX5, and Metro Aerospace with Lockheed-developed Microvanes.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to discover underutilized technologies or underperforming businesses built by our defense company partners and help realize their maximum potential,” added Tricia D’Cruz, founder and managing director of Catalyze Dallas. “Take HX5, which was painstakingly developed by Lockheed Martin with an R&D investment in excess of $50 million. We’re continuing to advance its growth in key verticals including defense, commercial aerospace, and space across a wide variety of applications, from ground vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and satellites to cabin interiors, rotorcraft, and outfitting the soldier on the battlefield.”

Using its proven methodology and process, Catalyze opens new markets for the products it licenses or spins out, advancing the potential for accretive profitability to the innovating defense contractor partner.