William (Bill) Gattle is president of Harris Corporation’s Space and Intelligence Systems segment. In this role, he has primary responsibility for the business strategy, financial performance and successful execution of all programs within Space and Intelligence. The segment offers complete earth observation, weather, geospatial, space protection and intelligence solutions from advanced sensors and payloads, ground processing and information analytics and is also a leader in end-to-end small satellite mission solutions.
Prior to being named to his current position, Gattle was vice president and general manager of Harris’ National Systems business unit, which focused on the U.S. intelligence community and the worldwide space market, providing end-to-end mission solutions for intelligence collection, analysis and distribution, as well as enabling technologies for space. During his tenure, the segment became the world leader in satellite hosted payloads.
Previously, he served as vice president of Aerospace Systems, which encompassed space-based payloads, electronics and structures for commercial and government markets, including military avionics and electronics, as well as programs of record for strategic and tactical terminals and networks.
Before that, he was vice president of Space Communication Systems, which provided key enabling payload and precision structures capability to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), NASA, commercial enterprises and the intelligence community. Under his leadership, the Space business revenue grew 30 percent per year. Previously, he held positions as the program director of the Commercial Reflector Enterprise and Mobile Satellite Ventures (Lightsquared) reflector program, program director of DoD Terrestrial Communications and director of Engineering for Defense Programs.
Gattle holds a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. In addition, he is a graduate of the Harris Leadership Directions program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Gattle is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Space Florida Aviation and Aerospace Task Force and the Space Supplier Council (SSC). He is a board member of the Space Foundation, UF Dean’s Advisory Board, Astronauts Memorial Foundation and Serene Harbor. He is also a recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Florida.
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems.