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WHO WE ARE

Elbit Systems of America, LLC is a U.S.-based wholly owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd., a leading global source of innovative, technology based systems for diverse defense and commercial applications.

MISSION: We provide innovative solutions that protect and save lives

VISION: Create a safer and healthier world by being the trusted provider of choice for critical missions and needs.

VALUES: Values represent the fundamental beliefs that define how we conduct business. They are principles that reflect the company’s culture and guide internal conduct, as well as relationships with customers, partners, and stakeholders.

DO THE RIGHT THING
We incorporate ethics, honesty, integrity, and fairness as our guiding principles in our daily work. Harnessing these principles guide us to do the right thing, the first time, even through adversity.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE
We perform high-quality work knowing that what we do saves lives. We foster an entrepreneurial and collaborative culture, embracing innovation to bring new and disruptive capabilities to those we protect. We constantly look for opportunities to improve ourselves, our teams, and our business.

EMBRACE ONE ELBIT FAMILY
We foster a fun and inclusive environment of friendship, loyalty, and support for one another, so that Elbit America is an enjoyable and rewarding place to work. We respect people for who they are, and for their knowledge, skills and experience as individuals and as team members. We extend that spirit into our communities through thoughtful volunteer and fundraising activities.

BE OPEN
At Elbit America, we grow as professionals by being open to new ideas and technologies. We are willing to share our knowledge and the benefit of our experiences with others. We are transparent in our actions and value diverse thought and perspective. At the same time, we are receptive to learning from the experiences of our colleagues, and are open to considering viewpoints other than our own. We always assume positive intent as others share differing viewpoints. We speak thoughtfully, candidly and listen carefully.

BE BOLD
Breakthrough innovations require bold dreamers. We encourage audacious ideas and experimentation. There will be failures, but the lessons of each failure move us closer to success. We ask questions and challenge accepted practices. We empower and hold each other accountable to bring diverse ideas to the table, question assumptions, take balanced risks, and innovate. In doing so, we nurture creativity, drive growth and collaboration while providing space to fail forward.


 

OUR TEAM

 

Raanan Horowitz
Jeffery
Sean Bond
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Ted Fordyce
Erik Fox
Joel Friederich
Richard M. Fruzzetti
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Chris Hickey
Orli Ivanier
Derek Kane
Guy Landau
Layne Merritt
Tiffany Nesbitt
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David Rogers
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Bill Toti

 

WE PROVIDE INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS THAT PROTECT & SAVE LIVES


 

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RAANAN HOROWITZ

PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mr. Horowitz was named Elbit Systems of America’s President and CEO in 2007, after serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of EFW, Inc. In his current role, he leads the strategic and operational direction of the company, and he serves as a member of its Board of Directors. In 2014, 2015 and 2018, The Ethisphere Institute named Elbit Systems of America one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies,” one of only two Aerospace and Defense companies worldwide to earn this distinction.

Mr. Horowitz has been instrumental in leading Elbit Systems of America’s organic growth and strategic acquisitions, resulting in its evolution as a leader in enhancing lethality, survivability and combat readiness for the defense industry. Its commercial aviation division is pioneering global changes in aviation safety by providing low visibility solutions for commercial airlines, cargo carriers, and business jet operators. The company’s advanced security solutions are helping secure America’s borders with 24/7 surveillance coverage. And, for more than 35 years, its medical instrumentation division has been providing engineering and design services and advanced manufacturing capabilities to bring life science instruments to the market. Today, Elbit Systems of America operates in six geographical locations in the U.S., including Texas, New Hampshire, Virginia, Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.

Mr. Horowitz is active in the defense and aerospace industry, serving on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association, the Board of Directors for the National Defense Industrial Association, as a member of Business Executives for National Security, and as a member of the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. Previously, he served on the U.S. Army Science Board and the National Board of Directors for one of the nation’s largest volunteer health organizations, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Additionally, he is the Chairman of the Texas Israel Science and Education Foundation.

Mr. Horowitz earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Seidman School of Business at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He was also awarded a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University in Israel.

 

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JEFFERY "SCOTT" BAUM

VICE PRESIDENT, GROWTH & STRATEGY

Jeffery “Scott” Baum joined Elbit Systems of America in 2020 as Vice President of Strategy and Growth. Mr. Baum has extensive experience in the defense industry and is responsible for leading the development of multi-year strategic growth plans for the company.

Prior to joining Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Baum served as the Principal Director, Office of Industrial Policy for the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment. In this role, he led multiple initiatives to ensure secure and innovative capabilities for both current and future warfighting requirements. He also led a strategic initiative to invest in and expand manufacturing capacity and capability in the United States. Previously, Mr. Baum held leadership and program management positions in the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

A Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he has had operational experience in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, China, and Tanzania. He has received numerous commendations for his service, including the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Commendation Service Medal, among others.

Mr. Baum earned a Master’s Degree in Strategy and National Resourcing from the National Defense University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Texas Christian University.

 

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SEAN BOND

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AIRBORNE SOLUTIONS

Sean Bond joined Elbit Systems of America in 2020 and is responsible for setting the strategic and operational direction of the company’s Airborne Solutions business unit.

With more than 25 years in the aerospace and defense industry, Mr. Bond brings a range of diverse executive and technical experiences to Elbit America, including various avionics solutions and numerous aerospace electronic and control systems. His prior experience includes that of Program Manager for the V-22 Osprey at Bell and, at Pratt & Whitney, he was the Program Manager for the Joint Strike Fighter engine program.

More recently, Mr. Bond served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of HDT Global, the largest expeditionary infrastructure provider to the U.S. Department of Defense. During his tenure at the helm, the overall performance of HDT Global realized marked improvements in several key areas, including revenue, new business, on-time-delivery, and backlog.

Mr. Bond earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. He also holds certificates from the Aerospace Engineering Program at the U.S. Naval Academy and the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, among others.

 
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BRETT COHEN

VICE PRESIDENT, WORKFORCE TRANSFORMATION

Brett Cohen joined Elbit Systems of America in 2012 as Vice President of Human Resources and Employee Development. In 2021, he was named Vice President of Workforce Transformation. In this role, Brett provides broad oversight and guidance to multiple initiatives supporting Elbit America’s growth projections. With more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in the defense, telecommunications, financial services, and transportation industries, Brett creates a culture of innovation for the organization.

Brett began his career in various business units within Verizon, to include GTE Telephone Operations, GTE Directories, and PrimeCo Personal Communications. His final position was director of employment. He then spent eight years at AmeriCredit serving in various capacities, including senior vice president of human resources, executive vice president of human resources, and executive vice president of loan services. Before joining Elbit America, he served as the interim vice president for human resources at Dallas Area Rapid Transit.

Brett holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Texas A&M University.

 

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CRAIG COLLINS

VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Craig Collins joined Elbit Systems of America in 2021 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s controllership and treasury operations.

Prior to joining Elbit America, Craig was the Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO of the Electronic Systems Segment of L3Harris. Previously, he was Vice President of Finance and CFO of L3Harris’ Precision Engagement and Training Sector and, earlier, the Interstate Electronics Division. Prior to joining L3Harris, Craig worked for Honeywell and AlliedSignal where he provided business and financial leadership as a divisional Controller, among other positions. Before entering the aerospace and defense industry, Craig was a Plant and Manufacturing Engineer at Ford Motor Company.

Craig earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Kettering University’s GMI Engineering and Management Institute.

 
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BOB EDMONDS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING

Brig. Gen. Bob Edmonds (U.S. Air Force, retired) leads all marketing activities, which includes integrating and aligning business development, strategy, corporate development, and strategic communications. His team works closely with the lines of business supporting growth and development.

Prior to joining Elbit Systems of America, Gen. Edmonds was a Vice President at Exelis, Inc., where he led business development and government relations functions as well as the Air Force programs for the $3.5 billion aerospace and defense company.

Gen. Edmonds had a successful career in the U.S. Air Force. He was a command pilot with over 2,500 flight hours and 300 combat hours, having led 42 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. During his career, Gen. Edmonds commanded at the F-15 flight, squadron, and wing level; and also served in multiple senior operations and policy positions in the Pentagon. In addition, he has worked as a White House Fellow and as the lead for Air Force congressional affairs for both the House and the Senate as Deputy Director for Legislative Liaison.

After graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Gen. Edmonds earned a Master of Science of Civil Engineering as a Guggenheim Fellow from Columbia University. He also holds a master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, and completed an executive education program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Gen. Edmonds is a Falcon Foundation Trustee and a past president and board member of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.

 
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TED FORDYCE
VICE PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON OPERATIONS

Mr. Fordyce leads Elbit Systems of America’s Washington, DC office and serves as the company’s liaison to the White House, U.S. Congress, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other executive and legislative offices. He maintains close working relationships with the leadership and government relations staffs of Elbit Systems of America’s industry partners. Additionally, Mr. Fordyce is active in numerous industry, military and government organizations.

Mr. Fordyce is a United States Air Force veteran with over 27 years of service, most recently serving as the Director, Legislative Affairs for the United States Special Operations Command. He also served as Vice Wing Commander for the 1st Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, FL where he led, organized, trained and equipped the Air Force’s largest and most diverse Wing.

Previous military assignments include Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-intensity Conflict and also Chief of the Commander's Action Group for Air Force Special Operations Command. Mr. Fordyce also served as Commander, 16th Special Operations Squadron where he accomplished global special operations as part of the Air Force component of United States Special Operations Command.

Mr. Fordyce has numerous combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world. He also served as Senate Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the United States Air Force and Chief of Staff. In this role he directly supported the Secretary of the Air Force, Senior Civilian and military officials and other governmental and non-governmental agencies on legislative budget affairs and congressional relations.

Mr. Fordyce earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Citadel and a master degrees from both Troy University and the Naval War College.

 

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VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER,
ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA - NIGHT VISION

Erik L. Fox joined Elbit Systems of America in 2019 as Vice President and General Manager of the Elbit Systems of America – Night Vision business unit. Mr. Fox is responsible for expanding the company’s position as a supplier of critical defense systems and core technologies for the United States and allied militaries, security forces, federal homeland security and law enforcement markets.

Prior to joining Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Fox had been with Harris Corporation for 15 years and served as Harris Night Vision Vice President and General Manager since 2014. In this role, he was responsible for the profit and loss of the business, as well as customer relationship management, business development and execution of the strategic plan. During his time as Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Fox played a critical role in leading the organization from a declining state to the profitable business it is today, including two significant production ramps to support 34% revenue growth since 2015.

Also at Harris, Mr. Fox served as the Vice President of Strategy and Marketing and held the position of Program Director, where he managed various strategic programs, including the ENVG II development program for the U.S. Army.

Before joining Harris (formerly ITT/Exelis), Mr. Fox worked in ITT’s Fluid Technology group as a marketing and product manager. Prior to this, he served for six years in the U.S. Navy submarine force.

Mr. Fox is very active in the community and is passionate about supporting both veteran and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiatives. Night Vision is the primary sponsor of the Virginia’s Veterans Parade, where Mr. Fox and his family volunteer. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Trustees for the Science Museum of Western Virginia, where he helps make science and technology accessible to all people by supporting events that ignite and nurture life-long learning.

Mr. Fox earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University and also holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

   

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JOEL FRIEDERICH

VICE PRESIDENT, C4I & HOMELAND SECURITY SOLUTIONS

Mr. Friederich has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace, defense and homeland security industries. In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic and operational direction in the key areas of Public Safety, Homeland Security and C4ISystems and Solutions.

Among his current responsibilities, Mr. Friederich leads the Integrated Fixed Towers Program. Elbit Systems of America has installed and connected Command and Control Centers to 55 fixed towers along the Southern Arizona Border, providing U.S. Customs and Border Protection 24/7 surveillance across 2,000 square miles.

Mr. Friederich previously served as Vice President, Program Management. In this role, he established common program management best practices and tolls across the enterprise that yielded positive performance metrics in finance, program execution, quality, and customer satisfaction.

Mr. Friederich was the President of Talla-Com Industries when it was acquired by Elbit Systems in 2006 and oversaw the integration of Talla-Com into the Elbit Systems of America organization. He also served in the 1st Special Operations Wing of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Friederich earned a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.

    

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RICHARD M. FRUZZETTI

VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT AND MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Mr. Fruzzetti joined Elbit Systems of America in 2019 and is responsible for leading corporate development and portfolio expansion efforts in support of Elbit America’s continued business growth in the U.S. market.

Mr. Fruzzetti has more than 23 years of experience leading and executing corporate growth strategies, as an executive at private equity firms and global technology, defense, and engineering companies.

Before joining Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Fruzzetti served as Senior Director, Corporate Development for Cobham PLC, a UK-based global aerospace, defense and space technology company with over 11,000 employees worldwide.  In this role he led numerous strategic M&A transactions and other corporate development initiatives.

Prior to Cobham, Mr. Fruzzetti held executive positions with private equity investment firms MCG Capital Corporation and Perseus LLC. While there he established a successful track record for originating, negotiating, structuring, executing, and managing numerous successful equity and debt investment transactions. 

Mr. Fruzzetti was previously employed by ST Engineering Ltd., which operated companies in sectors including electronics, simulation & training, aerospace, marine and land-based systems.  In this capacity, Mr. Fruzzetti was Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, where he led merger and acquisition strategy for the U.S. operations.   Mr. Fruzzetti began his career providing M&A advisory services with Alex. Brown & Sons, an investment banking firm that specialized in growth-oriented companies.

Mr. Fruzzetti earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.  He has served on a number of private company boards and professional organizations.

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CLETUS C. GLASENER

VICE PRESIDENT,
SENIOR FINANCE EXECUTIVE

Cletus Glasener is responsible for all Controllership and Treasury operations of Elbit Systems of America. He brings extensive aerospace and defense financial management experience to the position.

Prior to being named Chief Financial Officer of Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Glasener was the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of L-3 Communications – Vertex Division. Vertex is a $1.4B operating unit of L-3 Communications with over 11,000 employees providing Contractor Logistics Support and Contract Field Teams to customers worldwide.

Prior to joining L-3, Mr. Glasener was recruited to Collins Industries in 2005 as their Chief Executive Officer. He successfully led a turnaround effort, completed a Security and Exchange Commission investigation and sold the company in seventeen months realizing more than a 150% return to the shareholders.

Prior to joining Collins Industries, Mr. Glasener spent more than 20 years with Vought Aircraft Industries where he served as the Vice President, Corporate Controller and Treasurer. He was also the Principal Financial and Accounting Officer responsible for certifying Security and Exchange Commission financial filings. His successes include several debt refinancings, a public debt offering, post-acquisition integrations and creation of a centralized shared service finance and accounting center.

Mr. Glasener began his career with McDonnell Douglas as a Pricing Administrator preparing Fiscal Year and Major Engineering Change Proposals for the F-15 program.

Mr. Glasener has a bachelors degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Business Administration from University of Missouri and is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and is certified in Financial Management.

 
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CHRIS HICKEY
VICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINMENT & SUPPORT SOLUTIONS

Mr. Hickey has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace and technology industries including a diverse background in defense, civil, and international markets with a record of high impact successes in profit and loss management, business development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate integration, and government relations.

He previously held the position of Executive Vice President, Operations for QinetiQ North America. Mr. Hickey served as Executive Vice President, International Operations and President of QinetiQ, Inc. where he was responsible for international business operations with particular focus on realizing the synergies within the global enterprise of the QinetiQ Group.

Mr. Hickey joined QinetiQ as Executive Vice President, Business Development before assuming the same role at the QinetiQ North America operations.

Prior to the QinetiQ Group, Mr. Hickey served as Vice President, Homeland Security for Honeywell International. While at Honeywell, he led multi-million dollar civil and military turbine engine business units in domestic and international markets. He also held a number of positions in engineering, finance, government relations, sales, and marketing.

Mr. Hickey holds a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He completed the Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and the Program Management Course at the Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Mr. Hickey is active in several associations; he served on the Board of the Washington Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association and was the chapter president in 2012.

 
ORLI IVANIER
VICE PRESIDENT, ELBIT COMMERCIAL AVIATION SOLUTIONS

Ms. Ivanier has been at Elbit Systems for over 10 years and prior to becoming Vice President, Elbit Commercial Aviation Solutions, was Program Director of Commercial Aviation in Elbit Systems Ltd. in Israel, responsible for programs in the United States, Europe, and Brazil.

She has 15 years of management experience in the military and civilian industry.

Her previous experience at Elbit Systems also includes engineering management of large software and system development groups. She was responsible for the overall development in parallel to roadmap and development strategy definition.

Before joining Elbit Systems, she worked for Rafael Advanced Defense System Ltd. as a manager in the engineering department responsible for embedded software development.

She holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Open University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Haifa University.

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DEREK KANE
VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER, MEDICAL KMC SYSTEMS

Mr. Kane was named Vice President & General Manager of KMC Systems in April 2020. Previously, he served as the company’s Vice President of Operations, overseeing key areas of the organization including engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, and quality assurance.

In his current role, Mr. Kane oversees the day-to-day operations of the company as well as the development and implementation of the strategic business plan for KMC Systems’ growth and market expansion.

Mr. Kane has more than 20 years of contract manufacturing experience in progressive leadership roles in high-growth environments. He has an established record of bringing new innovative medical devices to the market and into volume production around the world.

Prior to joining KMC Systems, Mr. Kane served as Executive Vice President and Divisional General Manager for Inventus Power where he was responsible for the company’s American operations and Medical and Military Global Business. Previously, he served as the Global Business Unit Director at Jabil, responsible for Global Healthcare Business including manufacturing design and development of class I, II and III Medical devices.

Mr. Kane earned an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of the West of Scotland.

 
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GUY LANDAU
VICE PRESIDENT, FOREIGN MILITARY FINANCING

Mr. Landau is responsible for all foreign military financing activities in the company. He brings extensive defense and aerospace management experience to the position.

Prior to being named the Vice President of FMF, Mr. Landau was a Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing at Elbit Systems Land & C4I division in Israel, responsible among other duties, for the company’s strategic process.

Prior to joining Elbit Systems, Mr. Landau worked at Soltam Systems as a Marketing Director leading some of the company’s major marketing efforts.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Landau was a project manager at the LR group, running a turnkey UAS squadron as a Personnel Force Innovation program. Mr. Landau holds Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in History, Management and Security studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and Master of Business Administration from the Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

Mr. Landau is a Major in the Israeli Defense Force Artillery Core, serving as an Artillery Battery commander in his last active role, and as Brigade Operations officer in reserve. Mr. Landau is also a graduate of the Israeli Military Academy.

 

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LAYNE MERRITT

VICE PRESIDENT, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Mr. Merritt has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, including 21 years of service in the U.S. Army. His many active duty roles included aviation logistics officer, fixed and rotary wing pilot, experimental test pilot, and acquisition program manager.

Following his active duty, and prior to joining Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Merritt served as a civilian employee of the U.S. Army. He held a number of leadership positions, including Acting Director for Aviation Development, Deputy Director for Aviation Development, and Chief Engineer for Aviation Development. In each of these, Mr. Merritt led efforts to execute the Army’s multi-disciplinary Aviation Science and Technology portfolio and provide engineering and prototyping services across the aviation enterprise.

Mr. Merritt has a history of developing permanent solutions to tough problems. He has extensive experience in developing and fielding new technologies. He couples this experience with a deep understanding of the current and future needs of Elbit Systems of America’s aerospace and defense customers.

Mr. Merritt earned a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from South Dakota State University. He is also a graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School.

 
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TIFFANY NESBIT
VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING

Tiffany Nesbit has been in the Aerospace Industry more than 25 years in a variety of Research & Development leadership roles. She has worked in all phases of development across Space, Military and Commercial Aerospace programs in a range of technical areas including Systems, Software, Hardware, and Test Engineering.

As Vice President of Engineering at Elbit Systems of America, Ms. Nesbit leads a diverse team across multiple sites and product lines in support of a rapidly growing business. Prior to joining Elbit Systems of America, she worked at Honeywell Aerospace where she held multiple engineering leadership roles with increasing span of control and responsibility. For four years she worked for Honeywell China in Shanghai, serving as Director of Engineering. In this role, she interfaced with COMAC on the development of the C919 airplane. She helped translate customer needs into a system architecture and provided connectivity between the team in China and North American product development.

Before moving to Shanghai, Ms. Nesbit led the Aerospace Software Center of Excellence, an organization of over 250 engineers across eight U.S. states and three countries. During her tenure, the organization consolidated use of operating systems and processes to streamline software development and foster closer collaboration across borders.

Ms. Nesbit enjoys mentoring and developing people and building diverse teams to solve complex problems. In addition to organizational leadership, she is a Certified Project Management Professional and has led large cross-functional development teams to execute complex new technology products.

Ms. Nesbit holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

 

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LISA NORTHUP

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES & EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT

Lisa Northup joined Elbit Systems of America in 2015 as Director of Human Resources, and was named Vice President of Human Resources in 2021. In this role, Lisa provides insight into the organizational performance for the company. Her expertise in talent development and management enables her to develop strategies that attract and retain key talent, from recruitment and development to succession planning.

Lisa began her career in Human Resources with AmeriCredit, an auto finance company that later become GM Financial. In her roles at AmeriCredit and GM Financial, Lisa gained exposure to every area of Human Resources. Her final position there was vice president human resources. She then spent two years at Associa serving as senior vice president of human resources. In her previous role within Elbit America, Lisa led recruiting and executive and leadership development.

Lisa holds a Bachelors Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington and is an International Coaching Federation certified executive coach.

 
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CHRIS PUFFER
VICE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL

From February 2007 until his current appointment, Chris Puffer has served as General Counsel for Elbit Systems of America’s Airborne and Land Solutions business units. Immediately prior to joining Elbit Systems of America, Mr. Puffer served as Assistant General Counsel for McAfee, Inc. from 2002 until 2007. In 1993, Mr. Puffer joined Hughes Training, Inc. and became its Vice President for Contracts and Legal Affairs. Prior to Hughes Training, Inc., Mr. Puffer joined Doke & Riley in 1987, a private law practice in Dallas, Texas, where he specialized in government procurement matters.

Mr. Puffer began his legal career in 1980 with the U.S. Army JAG Corps, specializing in government procurement matters while serving at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals and as a Trial Attorney for the Army Contract Appeals Division.

Mr. Puffer received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky Law School. Mr. Puffer also serves as a volunteer mediator for Dispute Mediation Services, Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

 
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DAVID ROGERS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Mr. Rogers comes to Elbit Systems of America from MMI Holdings, a Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. portfolio company headquartered in Singapore. In this capacity, he served as the Managing Director of the Industrial Manufacturing Group, overseeing businesses throughout Southeast Asia and China focused on oil & gas, aerospace and hard disk drive industries.

He worked as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Dubai Aerospace Enterprise, a global aerospace manufacturing and services corporation where he led the $1.8 billion acquisition of Standard Aero and Landmark Aviation.

In the past, Mr. Rogers also had increasing areas of responsibility at Honeywell Aerospace where he was the Vice President and General Manager of the Electronics and Lighting group. His prior role with Honeywell included Vice President of Strategy and Integration for the electronics business unit where he established a circuit-card assembly outsourcing strategy and resulting factory consolidations.

He holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Industrial Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Rogers started his career with the management-consulting firm Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath and, based upon his proven client and business unit results, was rapidly promoted to partner in 2001. He has a proven track record in managing global businesses focused on the creation and improvement of global supply chains along with strategic formulation and execution.

 

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RIDGE SOWER

VICE PRESIDENT, GROUND COMBAT AND PRECISION TARGETING SOLUTIONS

Mr. Sower has more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry, providing capabilities in the areas of Thermal Imaging, Aircraft Survivability, Electro-Optics, Advance Ground Munitions, and Precision Targeting.

He has a range of experience leading teams and executing successful program performance. Previously, he held diverse leadership positions at BAE Systems in operations, business development, and program management. Mr. Sower held full profit and loss responsibility for portfolios up to $150 million per year, including a wide range of specialized technologies for the warfighter, including thermal weapons systems, handheld thermal devices, and precision targeting systems. Also at BAE Systems, he served Business Development and Growth Strategy roles for the company’s Survivability and Targeting Solutions business unit.

Mr. Sower came to Elbit Systems of America in February 2017 as Program Director for the Electro-Optics and Precision Targeting business segment. In this role, he was responsible for the business growth and execution.

Mr. Sower holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from MIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University.

 

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WILLIAM "BILL" J. TOTI
President & CEO, Sparton Corporation

William J. “Bill” Toti is President and CEO of Sparton Corporation, an Elbit Systems of America company.

Mr. Toti has more than 30 years of experience in the defense industry. Prior to joining Sparton in 2019, he was president of the Integrated Maritime Systems sector at L3 Technologies, a $1.2 billion business operating in over 30 locations in the U.S. and abroad. Previously, Mr. Toti served as Vice President of the Defense Segment of DXC Technology, as Vice President of Homeland Security and Defense for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as President of Cubic Global Defense, and as Vice President of Mission Support Operations at Raytheon. In these capacities, Mr. Toti has supported customers in all branches of U.S. Armed Forces, as well as over 20 allied militaries, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Department of Energy, NASA, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Mr. Toti also served for more than 26 years in the U.S. Navy, including tours as commander of Fleet Antisubmarine Warfare Command Norfolk, as Commodore of Submarine Squadron 3, and as Commanding Officer of the nuclear fast attack submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN 697). He also served for more than nine years in the Pentagon, including tours as Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, as Navy Representative to the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, and as Deputy Director of the Navy War Plans Cell, Deep Blue.

Mr. Toti holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master’s Degree in Spacecraft Systems Engineering, and the pre-doctoral Electrical Engineer Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution and as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow in International Affairs.