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Wash Biz Journal: Ed Fortunato to Lead Gov’t Relations for ‘Orbital ATK’

rocket-launchEd Fortunato, a former Honeywell (NYSE: HON) government relations executive, has joined ATK (NYSE: ATK) as senior vice president for government relations and will initially report to ATK CEO Mark DeYoung, the Washington Business Journal reported Tuesday.

Jill Aitoro reports that Fortunato will transition to the future Orbital ATK company, report to CEO David Thompson and lead efforts to promote the combined firm’s programs to potential federal and state government clients.

The merger of Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB) and ATK’s aerospace and defense businesses is scheduled to complete in February.

Fortunato will also promote the future combined company’s portfolio of small and medium-class satellites and launch vehicles as well as associated components and systems, Aitoro reports.

He has served as vice president of Washington operations at the Honeywell-Pratt & Whitney joint venture Advanced Turbine Engine and as a representative to Congress of the U.S. Army secretary on issues related to aerospace and defense weapon systems.

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