Mr Wheeldon was appointed on Tuesday and has worked within the sector for the past 28 years. He replaced Derek Marshall who recently retired from ADS and is now working as an analyst.
Before joining ADS, Wheeldon was senior strategist of financial services company BGC Partners.
ADS CEO Rees Ward commented: “Howard has long been a respected commentator on matters pertaining to ADS’ sectors, both within industry, the UK and overseas.”
“I, along with my ADS colleagues, look forward to working with him to the benefit of the UK’s world leading manufacturing sectors of aerospace, defence, security and space,” Mr Ward added.