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Profile: William Brown, Harris Corp. CEO

William Brown is the newly appointed president and CEO of Harris Corporation, effective Nov. 1.

Brown joins Harris from United Technologies, where he held several senior leadership roles since joining the company in 1997. His most recent position at UTC was senior vice president of corporate strategy and development. In that role, Brown was responsible for the company’s global strategic planning and M&A activity.

Prior to that role, Brown was president of UTC’s fire and security division. He also held U.S. and international leadership positions in UTC’s Carrier Corporation subsidiary.

Before joining UTC, Brown worked for McKinsey & Company as a senior engagement manager. He began his career at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. where he worked as a project engineer.

Brown holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Villanova University. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

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