Maria Hedden Joins Comtech as COO

Maria Hedden, a defense and communications industry veteran with more than two decades of management experience, has joined Comtech Telecommunications (Nasdaq: CMTL) as chief operating officer.

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Hedden will be responsible for driving Comtech’s operational performance through production improvement, delivery scheduling and engineering initiatives, the wireless communications company said Wednesday.

She most recently served as senior vice president for operational transformation at Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) and previously led the security and detection systems unit at L3Harris Technologies (NYSE: LHX).

Her career started at military vehicle builder FMC and she later worked for BAE Systems in various roles.

“At Comtech, we are focused on becoming the most trusted provider of Failsafe Communications, so that communication and data transmission is possible anytime, anywhere – and critical to achieving that goal is having someone at the top of our organization driving operational excellence, customer satisfaction, and structuring our business to scale successfully,” said Michael Porcelain, president and CEO of Comtech.

“Maria’s track record speaks for itself, and she has the skillset needed to take Comtech into the future as Failsafe Communications become even more ingrained into our daily lives, no matter what the application,” Porcelain added.

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