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Despite their diverse backgrounds, Leonardo DRS employees all have one thing in common: they have built their careers — and their lives — serving our country, our employees and our customers.

Leonardo DRS Management Team

Leonardo DRS Leadership

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William "Bill" Lynn, Leonardo DRS CEO

William J. Lynn III

Chief Executive Officer, Leonardo DRS

William J. “Bill” Lynn III is the Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo North America and Leonardo DRS. Prior to joining DRS in January 2012, Mr. Lynn served as the 30th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2009 until 2011. Serving under Secretaries Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, he managed three million personnel and oversaw an annual budget of $700 billion. He also personally led the Department's efforts in cybersecurity, space strategy and energy policy.

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From 2002 to 2009, Mr. Lynn was Senior Vice President of Government Operations and Strategy at the Raytheon Company. Previously, he served as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) from 1997 to 2001 and as Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Lynn also worked on the staff of Senator Ted Kennedy as his counsel for the Senate Armed Services Committee.

He has received four DoD medals for distinguished public service, the Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and awards from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force.

Mr. Lynn holds a law degree from Cornell Law School and a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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Terry Murphy, Leonardo DRS COO

Terence J. Murphy

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer

Terence J. Murphy joined DRS Technologies in 2001 and has held a variety of positions within DRS prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Murphy has more than 25 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry with diverse experience in direct P&L and operational responsibility, general management, product development, program management and product design.

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Most recently, Mr. Murphy served as President of the DRS Network and Imaging Systems (NIS) Group focused on the convergence of network, computing and imaging systems for military and commercial markets. Prior to that position within DRS, Mr. Murphy served in multiple executive roles of increasing responsibility including President of the Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition (RSTA) Group, Vice President and General Manager of the Infrared Technologies Division and Vice President of Technical Operations for the RSTA business unit. Prior to joining DRS, Mr. Murphy worked for Texas Instruments and Motorola in a variety of management and product design positions.

Mr. Murphy served four years in the U.S. Navy, where he was an instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School. He earned both a B.S.E in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Mathematical Science from the University of Central Florida, as well as an M.S.E.E. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Sandra L. Hodgkinson, Leonardo DRS

Sandra L. Hodgkinson

Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Chief of Staff

Sandra L. “Sandy” Hodgkinson is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Chief of Staff at Leonardo North America and Leonardo DRS. In this role, she is Chief of Staff to the CEO, and leads the development and execution of the DRS annual strategic plan working closely with the CEO, COO, CFO, business units, and Leonardo leadership. Ms. Hodgkinson is also DRS’ Sustainability Ambassador for Leonardo.

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Ms. Hodgkinson previously served as a civil servant achieving the rank of Senior Executive Service in the U.S. Government, including assignments at Department of Defense (DoD), State Department and the White House. These assignments included: Special Assistant (Chief of Staff) to the Deputy Secretary of Defense; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD); Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the National Defense University (NDU); Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Director for International Justice at the National Security Council (NSC); and Senior Advisor at the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), in Baghdad, Iraq. Among her awards are DoD’s highest career civilian award, the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and four State Department Superior Honor Awards.

Prior to the civil service, Ms. Hodgkinson spent six years as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer, as an appellate clerk at the Navy Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals, a Prosecutor and International Law Officer in Naples, Italy, and a Country Program Director, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), where she trained foreign military and civilians in over 30 countries. Following fourteen years in the reserves, she is a Captain, and is currently the Commanding Officer of the Navy Reserve International and Operational Law unit.

Ms. Hodgkinson has written more than fifteen legal articles and six book chapters, and has been adjunct teaching national security law at Catholic University’s Law School since 2007. She is on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the ABA Cybersecurity Task Force. She has a J.D. from the University of Denver (DU); an M.A. from DU’s Graduate School of International Studies; and a B.A. from Tulane University. She also studied abroad at the Hague Academy of International Law; l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques (“Sciences Po”), Paris, and in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and speaks French, Spanish and intermediate Italian.

Ms. Hodgkinson is married with four children and resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Mark A. Dorfman, Leonardo DRS

Mark A. Dorfman

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

In his role as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Mr. Dorfman regularly provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors and executive management of the company on legal and business matters. He chairs the company's Oversight Committee and is responsible for the company's legal and regulatory affairs, ethics and compliance programs and corporate governance activities.

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Mr. Dorfman joined the company in 2005 as Corporate Counsel and was promoted multiple times between 2006 and 2011 to his current executive leadership position.

Prior to joining DRS, Mr. Dorfman was a corporate attorney at Lowenstein Sandler PC and Chadbourne & Parke LLP, where his practice included representation of corporate clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, public and private securities offerings, joint ventures and other complex transactions. Mr. Dorfman also regularly advised clients on securities law matters and corporate governance matters, including SEC filings and public disclosure matters, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and compliance with NYSE and NASDAQ corporate governance related listing standards.

Mr. Dorfman holds a B.A. in political science from Emory University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law 

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Steven J. Cortese, Leonardo DRS

Steven J. Cortese

Executive Vice President, Washington Operations

Steve Cortese is the Executive Vice President for Washington Operations at Leonardo DRS. The Washington Operations function is responsible for U.S. Government relations, legislative affairs, international business strategy and corporate planning for DRS. As part of Leonardo North America, Steve and the Washington Operations team support shared services agreements with the Leonardo companies in North America.

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Prior to joining DRS, Steve served as Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Corporate Communications at ATK, an aerospace, defense and commercial products company. He was responsible for all company activities in Washington, D.C., including Congressional and Pentagon relations, leading the company’s pursuit of Department of Defense and NASA business and helping shape its international business strategy. Steve also led ATK Corporate Communications and was the primary interface with supply chain partners and major prime contractors in Washington. From 2003 to 2006, Steve was Vice President, Programs and Budgets, in the Washington Operations office of Lockheed Martin.

Before entering the private sector, Steve had an extensive career on Capitol Hill. From 1986 to 2003, he worked as a professional staff member of the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for oversight and funding of the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. During his tenure, Steve served as Staff Director for the Defense Subcommittee and the full Appropriations Committee, working closely with the House and Senate leadership and the Executive Branch.

Steve is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service.

Steve resides in Annapolis, MD with his wife Eileen and they have two children.

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Mike Dippold, Leondardo DRS

Michael Dippold

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Dippold is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Leonardo DRS. Mr. Dippold was appointed to his current position on January 1, 2017. As the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Mr. Dippold is responsible for overseeing DRS’s financial activities and operations, controllership, treasury functions, and economic and business related strategies.

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Throughout his 10 years at the Corporation, Mr. Dippold has held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to assuming the position of CFO, Mr. Dippold served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller for DRS Technologies. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s financial management, government compliance, audit and audit committee interface, as well as financial oversight on all strategic dispositions and mergers and acquisitions.

Prior to joining DRS, Mr. Dippold spent 4 years at KPMG where he worked primarily on Defense Industry client accounts including DRS Technologies. As an auditor, Mike assisted DRS in various transformational events including the acquisitions of Integrated Defense Technologies and Engineering Support Systems as well as the implementation of Sarbanes Oxley.

Mr. Dippold received a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University in 2003. In addition he is currently Treasurer of the jointly held Sonar Systems Company.

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Michael Coulter, Leonardo DRS

Michael Coulter

Senior Vice President, Corporate Business Development & President, International

Michael Coulter is Senior Vice President of Corporate Business Development for Leonardo DRS, and President of Leonardo DRS International.  Most recently, Coulter led the global growth of Leonardo DRS’ international business.

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Prior to joining Leonardo DRS,  Coulter worked for General Dynamics, where he led the corporation’s international business development activities. He joined the aerospace and defense industry after a career in the U. S. government, as a member of the Senior Executive Service. At the Department of Defense, Coulter served as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acting), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Principal Deputy for Strategic Plans and Policy on the Joint Staff. Before his time at the Pentagon, Coulter served at the Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs, Coordinator for Coalition Operations, and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Commanding General of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He began his government career on Capitol Hill, working national security and foreign and military policy for former Senators John Warner, R-Va., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., the former Secretary of Defense.

A reserve officer in the U.S. Navy with multiple combat tours and experience in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa, Coulter, in his military capacity, has also served within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Joint Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.  He has also accuilated flight hours in the EA-6B Prowler across multiple deployments.

Coulter earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland and master’s degrees in business administration and national security studies from Georgetown University and the U.S. Naval War College, respectively.

Coulter has been honored with numerous awards for his military and civilian service including the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Service Medal, the Department of State Superior Honor Award, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Award for Distinguished Service, the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award and several NATO, Afghanistan Campaign, and Global War on Terrorism Medals.

He resides in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

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Tami E. Gesiskie, Leonardo DRS

Tami E. Gesiskie

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Tami E. Gesiskie is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources providing human resources strategy, leadership, and program direction for the Company. She focuses on strategy and solutions in the areas of talent acquisition, development and training, employee engagement, compensation and rewards, benefits rewards, retention activities, performance management, human resources information systems, labor and employee relations.

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Ms. Gesiskie has almost 30 years of human resources management experience. She joined DRS in 1993 as part of the Technology Applications & Service Company acquisition. During her tenure at DRS, she has held positions of increasing authority, and was a segment and group operations Vice President of Human Resources for a many of the operating companies within DRS.

Most recently, Ms. Gesiskie managed the corporate human resources functions of recruiting, training and development, HR Information Systems, HR shared services, and Leonardo’ s HR initiatives. Early in her career, she worked for the Urban League of Pittsburgh supporting outreach programs for the homeless and disadvantaged.

Ms. Gesiskie earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarion University and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in guidance and counseling from Duquesne University.

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Joe Militano, Leonardo DRS

Joseph P. Militano

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications

Joseph Militano is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Leonardo North America and Leonardo DRS. Mr. Militano is responsible for all aspects of public affairs and communications, including media relations, marketing communications, advertising, organizational communications, executive support and the company’s philanthropic and community outreach programs, including support to wounded warriors and their families.

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Before joining Leonardo North America and Leonardo DRS, Militano was Vice President of International and Business Development Communications for Raytheon Company. He led the strategic communications efforts for the company’s global aerospace and defense business in more than 80 nations. He also was the senior communications representative for Raytheon in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible as well for a range of activities including communication support for the company’s growth in the adjacent Homeland Security market.

Mr. Militano has more than 35 years of experience in corporate communications and the news media. He was an investigative reporter with the Connecticut Post prior to his corporate communications career.

In 1983, he joined the IBM Federal Systems Company where he led its communications initiatives for the U.S. space program in Houston, TX. During eleven years at IBM, he assumed a number of positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately leading Communications Programs for IBM’s Federal Systems Company in Washington, D.C.

In 1994, Mr. Militano joined Honeywell (then AlliedSignal) as director of Public Affairs for the company’s largest business, Aircraft Engines. He later served as corporate director of Internal Communications; director of Communications for the company’s technical services subsidiary; and director of Communications for its defense and space business.

Joe is a graduate of Boston University’s School of Public Communications, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He later attended the University of Connecticut’s School of Business for MBA studies. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business Executive Development Program; the Columbia University Graduate School of Business Executive Education Program; and the Imperial College London Business School’s Executive Leadership Programme.

He and his wife, Debra, have two daughters, one a successful architect and the other a successful actress.

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Shawn Black, Leonardo DRS

Shawn Black

Vice President and General Manager, Electro-Optical & Infrared (EO/IR) Systems

Shawn Black is the Vice President and General Manager of the Electro-Optical & Infrared (EO/IR) Systems line of business, after serving as the Vice President and General Manager of our Infrared Sensors & Systems business. Shawn came to DRS in 2003 and has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility during his tenure; including Vice President of Defense EO/IR Systems, Vice President of Ground Vehicle EO/IR Systems, Vice President of Business Development for Environmental Systems, and Director of Border Security & Force Protection Programs.

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Prior to DRS, Shawn worked as a consultant for Perot Systems, graduating from their Engineering Development Technical Leadership Program, and as an internal auditor and business consultant for Arthur Andersen. He has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Shawn also served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), achieving the rank of Captain after 5 years of service with tank and infantry units.

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Dr. Timothy Day, Daylight Solutions

Dr. Timothy Day

Vice President and General Manager, Daylight Solutions

Dr. Timothy Day is a cofounder of Daylight Solutions (EST 2004) and served as the CEO and CTO for the company. Daylight Solutions is an advanced manufacturer of molecular detection and imaging products, serving markets that include Industrial Process Control, Medical Diagnostics and Defense and Security using Mid IR lasers and sensor systems.

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Dr. Day concurrently serves as the executive manager for Daylight Defense, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daylight Solutions, established to serve the Defense and Security markets. While at Daylight Defense, he and his team have introduced a number of EO/IR products that serve the U.S. military in areas such as directed infrared countermeasures, stand-off detection of explosives, laser aiming/designating, combat ID, free-space secure communications and other applications.

Dr. Day has over 25 years' experience in both technical and business management in the photonics industry. He has led engineering, research, product development, manufacturing, and marketing operations. He started his career as a cofounder of New Focus, where he served from 1990 through 2004. During his time at New Focus he was involved in all aspects of the company’s history, concluding with his work on the sale of the company to Bookham Technology PLC for $338M. While at New Focus he also contributed to the raising of over $500M though public and private equity offerings. From 2009 to 2017, while at New Focus and Daylight Solutions, Dr. Day has developed extensive patent and product portfolios and transferred numerous products into production, both onshore and overseas.

Dr. Day holds both a BS and an MS in Physics from San Diego State University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Dr. Day resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and they have three children.


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Larry Ezell, Leonardo DRS

Larry Ezell

Vice President and General Manager, Airborne & Intelligence Systems

Larry Ezell is the Vice President and General Manager of DRS’ Airborne & Intelligence Systems line of business. He has been with DRS for more than 16 years, serving in a variety of positions, including Vice President and General Manager of Environmental Systems, Inc., and Training and Control Systems LLC and P&L roles with Combat Vehicles, Control Systems, and Production Services.

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Prior to DRS, Larry served in leadership positions with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in various global theaters and had assignments in Air, Ground and Naval forces. He holds a Finance degree from St. Edward’s University and a Master’s Degree in National Security Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College.

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Dave Fields, Leonardo DRS

Dave Fields

Vice President and General Manager, Global Enterprise Solutions

Dave Fields is the Vice President and General Manager of DRS’ Global Enterprise Solutions (GES). Dave has over 25 years’ experience in the satellite and Information Technology (IT) services industry serving in a variety of sales, marketing, strategy, technical and management roles with Contel, GTE/Verizon, Dyncorp International, SES Americom Government Services and Verestar.

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Combining his technical background as a degreed Electrical Engineer with his business-oriented strategic approach and experience, Dave has applied the depth of his expertise in market strategy, business development, and capture management to develop a robust pipeline for new business that is driving GES forward.

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Aaron Hankins, Leonardo DRS

Aaron Hankins

Vice President and General Manager, Land Systems

Aaron Hankins is the Vice President and General Manager of DRS’ Land Systems line of business. The business offers a broad range of military products and integrated systems in the areas of reconnaissance and surveillance, survivability and lethality, and heavy manufacturing assembly/maintenance of both manned and unmanned ground platforms.

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Aaron joined DRS in 2004, and previously held leadership roles of increasing responsibility, including Senior Program Manager, Director of Programs, Vice President of Programs, Vice President and Site Manager, and Vice President and General Manager of DRS’ Advanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance business unit.

Prior to joining DRS, Aaron spent 10 years with The Boeing Company as a Systems Engineer and Flight Test Engineer on various F/A-18 programs. During his tenure with Boeing, Aaron also served as an United States Marine Corps (USMC) Captain during a one-month deployment with MCAS Beaufort’s VMFA (AW)-332 squadron, in support of the first operational use of the F/A-18D Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS), as part of Operation Allied Force.

Aaron holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology.

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Jerry Hathaway, Leonardo DRS

Jerry Hathaway

Vice President and General Manager, Land Electronics

Jerry Hathaway is the Vice President and General Manager for the Land Electronics line of business. Prior to this appointment, he held several positions at DRS including Vice President and General Manager for Network Computing and Test Solutions (NCTS) and Vice President of Engineering for the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) Group.

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Jerry has more than 20 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of products and systems. He graduated from Clarkson University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He also maintains both a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, has been published for technical articles and was recognized as a key contributor to the Horizontal Technology Integration (HTI) second generation infrared technology program by NDIA. 

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Patrick Marion, Leonardo DRS

Patrick Marion

Vice President and General Manager, Naval Electronics

Patrick Marion is the Vice President and General Manager for our Naval Electronics line of business, bringing more than three decades of defense industry experience to the role. Patrick began with DRS in 2003 as the Vice President and General Manager of the Laurel Technologies business. In 2005 he took responsibility for the DRS business in Largo, Florida, which formed the core for the DRS Build-to-Print (BTP) business that became the DRS Maritime Systems and Services (MSS) division in 2013.

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Prior to joining DRS, Patrick served in a variety of leadership positions with Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Tactical Defense Systems and its predecessor companies Loral, Unisys, Paramax and Sperry. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Saint Thomas, and a Bachelor’s of Chemical Engineering (B.Ch.E.) from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.

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Sally A. Wallace, Leonardo DRS

Sally A. Wallace

Vice President and General Manager, Naval Power

Sally A.Wallace is the acting Vice President and General Manager for the Naval Power line of business, and has more than 20 years’ experience, in roles of increasing responsibility, within the defense industry. Most recently, Sally had the position of President of the C4ISR Group within DRS. Prior to her appointment, Sally served as the Vice President of Business Operations for DRS Maritime and Combat Support Systems Group, as well as the Vice President and General Manager of DRS Power and Control Technologies.

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Before joining DRS in 2002, Sally worked at Eaton Corporation and General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering Physics from City Grove College, a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Chicago.

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