Brendan O'Connell Named President of Department of Defense Business at Harris RF Communications

Oct 18, 2010, 13:00 ET from Harris Corporation

MELBOURNE, Fla., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has promoted Brendan O'Connell to the position of president of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) business unit at Harris RF Communications.  O'Connell succeeds Stephen Marschilok, who has been named president of the Public Safety and Professional Communications (PSPC) business unit at Harris RF Communications.  

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O'Connell has spent the last five years as vice president of U.S. DoD sales. 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.  

"Brendan's leadership has been instrumental in the unprecedented growth of our DoD business," said Dana Mehnert, group president, Harris RF Communications.  "He has a deep understanding of our customers, a successful track record of growing sales in both our international and defense businesses, and a broad range of experience across our businesses."

O'Connell has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Widener University, a master's degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from the University of Rochester. He also is a graduate of the RF Communications Rotational Development Program.

Harris RF Communications is the leading global supplier of secure radio communications and embedded high-grade encryption solutions for military, government and commercial organizations. The company's Falcon® family of software-defined tactical radio systems encompasses manpack, handheld and vehicular applications. Falcon III is the next generation of radios supporting the U.S. military's Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) requirements, as well as network-centric operations worldwide. Harris RF Communications is also a leading supplier of assured communications® systems and equipment for public safety, utility and transportation markets — with products ranging from the most advanced IP voice and data networks to portable and mobile single- and multiband radios.

About Harris Corporation

Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.  Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists.  Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services.  Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at

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