William M. Brown
William M. (Bill) Brown is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS). Harris is a leading global provider of communications and information technology products, software, systems and services to government, defense and commercial markets. The company has more than 17,000 employees who serve customers in more than 100 countries. Brown was appointed president and chief executive officer in November 2011 and elected chairman of the board in April 2014.
Prior to joining Harris, Mr. Brown was a senior vice president, Corporate Strategy and Development, of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Earlier, he served five years as president of UTC’s fire and security division. In all, Mr. Brown spent 14 years with UTC, holding U.S. and international roles at various divisions, including Carrier Corporation’s Asia Pacific operations and the Carrier Transicold division. Before joining UTC in 1997, he worked for McKinsey & Company as a senior engagement manager. He began his career as a project engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors for the Celanese Corporation, the board of the Fire Department of New York City Foundation, the council of trustees for the Association of the United States Army and the board of trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the Aerospace Industries Association Executive Committee. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from Villanova University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.