The former United Technologies Corp. head of corporate strategy and development, moves into the new post on Nov. 1, succeeding Howard L. Lance, who is retiring.
Harris Corp. today announced that its board of directors has appointed William M. Brown president and chief executive officer effective Nov. 1. The board expects to appoint Brown, 48, to the board of directors at its December 2011 meeting.
Brown succeeds Howard L. Lance, who has served as CEO since January 2003. Lance announced in May 2011 his intention to retire when a successor was named. Lance, 55, will continue to serve as chairman, president and CEO through Oct. 31, and will then serve as non-executive chairman of the board until Dec. 31.
On Jan. 1, 2012, Thomas A. Dattilo, 60, former chairman, president and CEO of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., and a member of the Harris board since 2001, will become non-executive chairman of the board. Dattilo is expected to serve in this role for up to two years. The board expects to name Brown to the combined chairman and CEO role at a later date.
Brown joins Harris from United Technologies Corp., where he held several senior leadership roles since he joined the company in 1997. During the past six months, as SVP-corporate strategy and development, he has been responsible for the company’s global strategic planning and M&A activity.
Prior to that role he served five years as president of UTC’s $6.5 billion Fire & Security division, where he led 45,000 employees, operating 41 factories and 350 branches across 35 countries. Previously Brown held U.S. and international leadership positions in UTC’s Carrier Corp. subsidiary.