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Ball Aerospace Promotes COO Rob Strain To CEO, David Taylor Retiring

Rob Strain
Rob Strain

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. has promoted Chief Operating Officer Rob Strain to succeed David Taylor as CEO, effective at the end of March.

Taylor will retire from the company at that time after a 29-year career there, Ball Aerospace said Monday.

Strain joined the company in March 2012 as COO after serving four years as director of NASA‘s Goddard Space Flight Center.

David Taylor
David Taylor

He has also held leadership roles at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, Orbital Sciences Corp. and Fairchild Space and Defense.

John Hayes, president and CEO of Ball Corp., said the company appointed Strain for his experience in managing programs and building relationships as well as his experience in the public, private and academic sectors.

Prior to becoming CEO in June 2002, Taylor had served as chief operating officer starting in 2011.

He also served as vice president of Ball Aerospace’s commercial space operations unit, which designs and manufactures remote sensing spacecraft.

Hayes said Taylor helped lead the aerospace business into new markets and led growth of aerospace sales and profits since 2002.

“This business has played an important role in Ball Corporation’s success over the past decade, and we thank Dave for his vision and leadership and wish him well in retirement, ” Hayes said.

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