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Ball Aerospace Promotes Steve Smith to Systems Engineering Solutions VP, GM; Robert Strain Comments

ball-areospaceSteve Smith, director of systems engineering solutions at Ball Aerospace & Technologies, has been promoted to vice president and general manager of the company’s SES business unit.

He succeeds the retiring Dan Gibson and will oversee the unit’s contract performance and operations across the country, Ball Aerospace said Friday.

Robert Strain, president of Ball Aerospace, said Smith brings a background in Defense Department acquisitions and intelligence community space systems to the Ball Corp.-owned subsidiary.

The retired U.S. Air Force colonel joined Ball Aerospace in 2011 and has held director roles at the Colorado-based firm’s Washington operations and national defense groups.

Smith is a recipient of awards such as the Superior Service Medical from the National Reconnaissance Office and the Collaborative Leadership Award from the Director of National Intelligence.

Ball Aerospace said Gibson, who has led SES for seven years, will retire on June 30.

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