Harris Corporation Names New President and CEO

Posted by Joe Zaller
Oct 10 2011

Harris Corporation has appointed William Brown president and chief executive officer effective November 1, 2011. Brown succeeds current CEO Howard Lance, who announced in May 2011 his intention to retire when a successor was named. Lance will continue to serve as chairman, president and CEO through October 31, 2011, and will then serve as non-executive chairman of the Board until December 31, 2011.

Brown joins Harris from United Technologies Corporation where he held several senior leadership roles since he joined the company in 1997. During the past six months, as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development, he has been responsible for the company’s global strategic planning and M&A activity.

“I am excited to join Harris at such an important time in the company’s history,” said Brown. “During the past decade Harris has transitioned into a diversified provider of ultra-reliable communications and information technologies to government agencies and commercial markets worldwide. With its strong financial position, robust pipeline of potential opportunities and well-defined areas for new market entry, the company is ideally positioned for further growth. I look forward to working with the company’s talented management team to build on the success it has achieved.”

Brown received bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and a master of business administration degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.


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