ROCHESTER, N.Y./WINNERSH, UK, March 25, 2010 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has named Andy Start as president of its RF Communications international business. Harris RF Communications international business provides secure tactical communications, surveillance and command-and-control systems to more than 100 countries.
Start has an extensive background in leading global businesses in the aerospace, military communications, and telecommunications industries. He most recently served as managing director and vice president of BAE Systems Platform Solutions, a $1.4 billion defense and aerospace electronics business with more than 4,000 employees in the UK, U.S. and Mexico. In this role, Start was responsible for the design, development and manufacturing of flight controls, visual systems and hybrid power products.
"Andy is a proven, global executive who will lead the continued expansion of our very successful international business," said Dana Mehnert, group president, RF Communications. "We see significant opportunities to build on our already strong position in the international markets by providing our broad customer base with an expanded set of communications products and integrated system solutions. Andy and his team will implement a plan that emphasizes our strengths in advanced technology development and outstanding customer service."
Start began his career as an electrical engineer for the Ptarmigan tactical trunk communications system at Siemens Plessey Systems, where he later became the design authority for the UK's military satellite ground network. He subsequently joined Astrium, a joint venture between EADS and BAE Systems, and was instrumental in strategy development for its military SATCOM business that later emerged as a highly successful service business, Paradigm Secure Communications.
He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Portsmouth, and a post-graduate degree in management from Bournemouth University.
Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III® is the next-generation family of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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