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Press release EADS North America appoints Tom Harrison as Vice President and UH-145 Program Manager
Arlington, Virginia, September 21, 2005
- EADS North America has named Tom Harrison (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.)
as Vice President and Program Manager for the UH-145 rotary-wing aircraft,
which the company is offering for the U.S. Army's Light Utility Helicopter
Harrison brings extensive program management experience in both industry and the military – including acquisition, modernization and deployment of helicopters and systems.
In his new position at the EADS North America Defense business unit, Harrison will oversee the company's UH-145 bid in the Army's competition for a new Light Utility Helicopter. The UH-145 is a version of the technologically-advanced and operationally-proven EC145 multi-mission helicopter, and offers the best-value solution for the LUH mission.
“Tom Harrison's Army program expertise further strengthens EADS North America's offering in the LUH competition,” said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., the Chairman and CEO of EADS North America. “His outstanding career includes leadership roles on weapons systems, as well as helicopter procurement and upgrades. Tom will provide strong direction and guidance to our program efforts as we work to meet the needs of our Army customer.”
Harrison graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York in 1974, and was commissioned an Infantry Second Lieutenant. He served in Army infantry, cavalry, aviation, and acquisition assignments in the continental U.S. and overseas before retiring as a Colonel in 2000.
During his Army career, Harrison's key military acquisition assignments included the TOW and Close Combat Anti Armor Weapons Systems Project Offices at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama as the Product Manager, Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS); and in the Army Plant Representatives Office at McDonnell Douglas Helicopters in Mesa, Arizona in association with the Apache Helicopter Program. As Project Manager for U.S. Army Utility Helicopters, he oversaw the continued execution of Black Hawk multi-year procurements, operational testing of a MEDEVAC variant, initiation of a standardized modification program, definition and planning of a modernization program, and the initiation of UH-1 draw-downs.
After retiring from the Army, Harrison joined the Integrated Information Systems Group of Motorola's Integrated Systems Division in Huntsville, Alabama, where he assumed the position of Program Manager for the Tactical Operations Center (TOC) program. In 2001 he was named Huntsville Business Unit Manager, assuming responsibility for execution of both the TOC and the Tactical Airspace Integration System (TAIS) programs. Harrison also held a management position with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama.
About EADS North America (www.eads-na.com)
EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second
largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all
sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its
parent company, EADS, contribute over $6 billion to the U.S. economy
annually and support more than 100,000 American jobs through its network
of suppliers and services. With 11 operating companies located in 29
cities and 16 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced
solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace
and defense markets.
Guy Hicks, VP Communications
EADS North America
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