Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) Chairman, President and CEO William M. Brown has been named chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) Board of Governors for 2019. He succeeds outgoing AIA Chairman Tom Kennedy, chairman and CEO of Raytheon.
“I’m excited to serve as AIA’s chairman and to represent our industry and AIA’s 340-plus members,” Brown said. “I look forward to advocating for key industry issues, such as securing stable, predictable defense and non-defense budgets, and pushing for trade and export measures that will allow us to stay globally competitive.
“I will work to remove barriers to innovation and realizing STEM and other workforce measures that will allow us to tap the best talent in America – and build an inclusive 21st century workforce. This subject is of special interest to me because I believe strongly that attracting, developing and retaining the strongest and most inclusive workforce is paramount to our industry’s and our country’s future success.
“2019 marks AIA’s centennial year, representing an amazing opportunity to celebrate our industry’s achievements over the past century, to highlight the significant impact we have on people’s lives today, and to provide a glimpse into how we will change their lives in the future,” he added.
Brown was appointed president and chief executive officer of Harris in November 2011 and elected chairman of the board in April 2014. He serves on the board of directors for the Celanese Corporation, the board of the Fire Department of New York City Foundation, the council of trustees for the Association of the United States Army and the board of trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology.
AIA advocates for the U.S. aerospace and defense industry on Capitol Hill, within the administration and internationally. Its membership is comprised of more than 340 major aerospace and defense companies and their suppliers. Together, they embody every high-tech manufacturing segment of the industry, including commercial aviation and avionics, manned and unmanned defense systems, and space technologies and satellite communications.
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.
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