Kubasik Takes Over as CEO of L3Harris
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 | Comments

Christopher E. Kubasik succeeded William M. Brown as CEO of L3Harris Technologies, becoming the second CEO in its history as a combined company. The planned transition was first announced in October 2018 as part of L3Harris’ merger of equals and has been unanimously re-affirmed by the board of directors.

“Chris’ extensive industry knowledge and customer relationships, combined with his significant leadership experience with L3Harris, L3 Technologies and Lockheed Martin, make him a perfect fit to lead L3Harris as we move into our next chapter as a combined company,” said Brown. “I look forward to continuing our partnership and leveraging the momentum we have built since the merger.”

Brown now serves as executive chair of the board. He became chair and CEO of L3Harris at the merger close on June 29, 2019, after serving as CEO of Harris since 2011 and chair since 2014.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with Bill and the board and leading our 48,000 dedicated employees to execute the strategy we established at the merger close,” said Kubasik, who also continues as vice chair of the board. “We remain focused on delivering on our commitments to our shareholders, customers and all of our stakeholders. Our ability to provide affordable, innovative and rapidly fielded solutions that address our customers’ mission-critical needs is more important now than ever before.”

Kubasik plans to expand the company’s focus on partnering with countries around the world to introduce new technologies and help increase economic prosperity and safety in the regions.

“I look forward to traveling again to develop new partnerships and to expand existing relationships, helping our allies overcome their toughest technology challenges,” he said. “As the leading defense technology provider, we have tremendous capabilities and resources to help allies address their economic, industrial and security needs.”

Kubasik has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry and most recently served as vice chair, president and chief operating officer (COO) of L3Harris. He previously was chair, president and CEO of L3 Technologies. He joined L3 as president and COO in 2015. Prior to that he was president and COO of Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he also held a number of senior executive and finance roles, and formerly was a partner at Ernst & Young.

“Today’s transition reflects the strength of the thoughtful and detailed merger strategy and foundation of trust built by Bill, Chris and the board,” said Bob Millard, senior independent director for L3Harris’ board of directors. “Despite the challenges inherent in any merger, and a global pandemic, we have successfully created the leading defense technology company. The board greatly appreciates Bill’s dedication and many accomplishments over the past 10 years, which have been integral to creating L3Harris. We have complete confidence that Chris’ leadership, vision and ability to execute will build on our momentum.”

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