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Harris Names New Leaders for its RF Communications US DoD and International Businesses

November 11, 2011
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Brendan O'Connell has been named President of Harris RF Communications' International business. He had been President of Harris RF Communications' DoD business. George Helm was named as his successor. The two will lead Harris' RF Communications US Department of Defense (DoD) and International tactical communications businesses.

"George and Brendan are outstanding leaders with exceptional track records of success across their careers at Harris," said Dana Mehnert, Group President, Harris RF Communications. "Their combined experience and broad understanding of the tactical communications market will be invaluable as we guide our customers to the next generation of wideband tactical communications networks."

Prior to his role with the Public Safety and Professional Communications business, Helm served as Vice President and General Manager of the Harris RF Communications Government Products business and held senior leadership roles in product management and product engineering organizations. During his tenure, Harris developed the industry-leading Falcon family of multiband, wideband and high frequency tactical radios. Helm also successfully led Harris' 2009 acquisition of the Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems business, which is now part of Harris Public Safety and Professional Communications.

O'Connell has diverse experiences in both the DoD and international tactical communications businesses. He served five years as Vice President of US DoD sales for Harris RF Communications. Prior to that, he held management positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of European and Central Asia sales and director of Asia Pacific sales, Middle East sales and Government Programs for the business. He also completed expatriate assignments in Malaysia, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.


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