Harris Unveils Company’s New Structure Post-Exelis Acquisition; William Brown Comments

William Brown
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Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS) has unveiled the company’s new business structure that will take effect Friday, almost one month after the defense and communications technology maker closed its $4.75 billion acquisition of Exelis.

Harris said Wednesday its reorganization into four business units will coincide with the end of the company’s 2016 fiscal year on Friday.

“We combined Harris’ and Exelis’ top talent and technology to create four market-focused segments aligned with Harris’ strategic growth platforms, ” said William Brown, Harris chairman, president and CEO.

Chris Young will serve as president of the communication systems business that includes the company’s radios, night-vision technology and public safety and defense networks.

Carl D’Alessandro will be president of the critical networks segment that provides IT, engineering and managed services for air traffic management, ground network operations and maritime communications.

Ed Zoiss will lead Harris’ electronic systems business as president and manage the company’s C4I, electronic warfare, wireless technology, undersea systems, avionics and aerostructures portfolio.

Bill Gattle will serve as president of the space and intelligence systems unit, which offers earth observation, space protection, weather and geospatial services as well as ground processing and information analytics.

Sheldon Fox, formerly president of Harris’ government communications segment, will transition into the role of senior vice president for integration and engineering.

Dana Mehnert, who led Harris’ RF communications segment as president, will become the company’s chief global business development officer and serve as an SVP.

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