Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES) has appointed David Young its chief technology officer (CTO). In this role, he will work with the four operating divisions on the technical roadmap and related business strategies for CAES, including advanced research and early prototyping. Looking externally, Young is charged with strengthening technical interchanges on strategic programs with CAES customers and leading new business efforts.

Young recently served as vice president of advanced program development at Lockheed Martin Space in Colorado, where he led a team working on technology innovations and development programs. Previously, he served as the sector VP responsible for business development and strategy at Northrop Grumman. During his 12 years at Northrop Grumman, Young held senior business development, strategy and engineering management roles across many DOD and NASA programs.

Young holds a PhD in aerospace engineering and master's degree in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received bachelor's degrees in both aeronautical engineering and physics, with a minor in mathematics, from Clarkson University.

During his career, Young has received numerous awards and recognitions, such as a National Science Foundation Fellowship, NASA Group Achievement Award and two Scientific Notable Achievements from the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Mike Kahn, president and CEO of CAES, said, “As an accomplished aerospace and defense industry veteran, David’s technology and business strategy expertise and acumen will be instrumental in helping CAES deliver on next generation solutions that both anticipate and address our customers’ challenging needs for their missions.” 

“CAES has a long and storied history with many notable technological achievements in aerospace and defense,” said Young. “I am extremely excited to join the company as it enters a new chapter and help pioneer the company’s future growth and development.”