Phil Farmer: A great leader, a great legacy
Phil Farmer, former Harris Corporation CEO, who steered the company through some of its most transformative moments from 1993 to 2003, passed away today, October 29.
“Phil played a pivotal role in shaping Harris’ legacy. All of us at Harris will remember his leadership and dedication to the company, which extended long after his 21-year career here,” said Bill Brown, Harris chairman, president and CEO. “Phil and his wife Jeanne led and supported many local education and civic initiatives that would not have succeeded without their love for the community. He will be truly missed, and his influence will be felt for generations to come.”
Phil joined Harris in 1982 as vice president and general manager of the Government Support Systems Division. Eleven years later, he rose up the ranks to be appointed CEO, and in 1995 he also became chairman of the Harris Board of Directors.
“Phil led the company through strong growth in the mid-nineties and significant restructuring in 1999 to focus the company on its core communications capabilities. Harris benefitted greatly from Phil’s business acumen and foresight in focusing our business as a communications technology leader,” said Brown.
Additionally, Phil had a 25-year tenure on the Board of Trustees of the Florida Institute of Technology, and served twice as chairman. He and his wife Jeanne were very active contributors to the Brevard community, serving on various boards in the not-for-profit sector. They served as honorary chairs of the Health First Foundation Grape Escape Gala and opened their home to raise money for Friends of the Brevard Zoo for an animal care center. They also were big advocates of the arts, and closely associated with the Maxwell King Center, where Phil served on the Board of Directors for 15 years.
Our deepest condolences go out to his entire family.