Christopher D. (Chris) Young is president of Harris Corporation’s Communication Systems segment. In this role, he is responsible for business strategy, financial performance, successful execution and growth for Communication Systems, which covers a broad portfolio, including tactical and airborne radios, night vision technology, and defense and public safety networks.
Prior to being named to his current position, Young served as president of Exelis Geospatial Systems and as executive vice president of Exelis Inc. He was responsible for managing the Geospatial Systems division of Exelis, a global supplier of innovative remote sensing and navigation solutions providing sight and situational awareness at the space, airborne, ground and soldier levels. With a focus on strategic planning, business development, product development and operational excellence, Young led the organization to be increasingly responsive to customer needs and created a highly productive business environment that operated on innovation and integrity.
Young first joined Exelis, formerly known as ITT Defense and Information Solutions, in 1982. Previously, he was president and general manager of ITT Space Systems Division. Prior to this position, Young served as vice president and director of ITT Space Systems’ Commercial and Space Sciences group in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In this role, he was instrumental in producing the high-resolution imaging and sounding radiometers for meteorological satellite systems, which have become the world standard in weather imagery.
In 2003, Young was named director of Space Programs for ITT’s Aerospace/ Communications Division. He served in a series of managerial and project engineering positions before he was named director of space engineering for the division in 2001, where he was responsible for all space engineering activities, including process quality and process improvements.
Young has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University. He is a member of the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Space Club.
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.