Textron Names Ellen Lord as President & CEO of Textron Systems
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- October 29, 2012
Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) today announced that Ellen Lord has been named
president and CEO of its Textron Systems segment. She succeeds Fred Strader
who is retiring from the company.
Lord has been serving as the senior vice president and general manager of
Textron Defense Systems (TDS), an operating unit of Textron Systems that
manufactures smart weapons as well as advanced intelligence, surveillance,
reconnaissance and protection systems.
Lord joined Textron in 1984 as a chemist for Textron’s Automotive Technology
Center in Dover, N.H. where she led the development of an innovative new
family of engineering thermoplastics. She transitioned to Textron Systems in
1998 and since then has held a variety of leadership roles across its many
businesses, including senior vice president and general manager of AAI
Corporation and vice president of integration management for Textron Systems.
Lord will report directly to Textron Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Scott Donnelly. “Since taking over the leadership of TDS in January 2011,
Ellen has effectively tackled the dynamics of an unpredictable defense
industry and shifting customer demands, successfully realigning the business
to drive a culture of superior execution and profitable growth,” said
Donnelly. “She is a highly respected professional in the defense industry and
for more than two decades, has been an outstanding leader at Textron with a
proven track record in achieving profitable results. I am confident that her
extensive experience in business strategy and execution—along with her
high-energy approach to business development—make her the ideal candidate to
help Textron Systems maximize its global growth opportunities.”
In reference to Lord’s predecessor, Fred Strader, Donnelly added, “Under
Fred’s leadership, Textron Systems achieved several product milestones and
program wins, including the successful launch of the Shadow ^TM Tactical
Unmanned Aerial System and most recently, the capture of the U.S. Navy
Ship-to-Shore Connector opportunity as well as Canada’s Tactical Armoured
Patrol Vehicle Program. We thank him for his leadership and service to the
corporation and wish him the very best in his retirement.”
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense,
homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years.
Headquartered in Wilmington, Mass., the company is known for its unmanned
aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent
battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions,
precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total
life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI
Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft
Systems, Advanced Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical
Numerics, MillenWorks, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine &
Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of
aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with
innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its
powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen,
Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is
available at www.textron.com
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