MELBOURNE, Florida, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has named Tom Eaton president of the company's global communications services business, Harris CapRock Communications. Eaton will use his extensive experience within the international satellite and telecommunications sectors to continue building Harris as the leader in end-to-end communications for clients' mission-critical operations.
Eaton most recently served as Harris CapRock's global operations officer and formerly led the business' government division, where he tripled its annual revenue between 2008 and 2011. Eaton transitioned the business from a bandwidth reseller to a fully managed services and terrestrial network provider. He led the strategic growth of a key terrestrial program, the DISN Access Transport Services (DATS) contract, and managed the subsequent acquisition of Core180's terrestrial infrastructure, which was part of the DATS business. This infrastructure now serves as the foundation of Harris CapRock's global terrestrial network.
Previously Eaton was president of G2 Satellite Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PanAmSat, where he was responsible for developing innovative communications solutions for the U.S. and international government markets. While at PanAmSat he also served as executive vice president of global sales and marketing. Prior to that, Eaton led Intelsat's global sales and customer support organization and also served as co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing for Integrated Network Services, Inc. During his career Eaton has served clients in a broad range of markets including energy, healthcare, broadcast, enterprise, telecom, and government.
"Tom has a remarkable track record in positioning businesses for their next phase of growth," said Dan Pearson, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Harris. "In just three years Tom grew Harris CapRock's government division from virtually a no-name brand in the marketplace to holding a significant position in defense communications. He did this by focusing on customer requirements and moving from vendor status to a partner invested in customers' mission success."
Harris also announced that Peter Shaper is retiring from the company and stepping down from the interim position of group president.
"Peter was instrumental in bringing together the strategic acquisitions and combining businesses to form Harris CapRock," said Pearson. "We thank him for his dedication to making Harris CapRock the successful business that it is today."
Under Eaton's leadership, Harris CapRock will continue to focus on serving customers with extreme and remote communication requirements across the energy, government and maritime markets. Reporting to Eaton are Keith Johnson, president of Energy Solutions; David Myers, president of Government Solutions; and Rick Simonian, president of Maritime Solutions. They will remain focused on building a portfolio that enables Harris CapRock to be customers' single source of IT and communication requirements, including terrestrial, satellite and hybrid solutions. Andrew Lucas will fill Eaton's previous role overseeing the operation and deployment of the company's global network and service delivery infrastructure.
"Harris CapRock is a critical component in Harris' Integrated Network Solutions business, which is a significant growth engine for Harris," said Pearson. "The capital, resources and focus we are investing in Harris CapRock will enable the business to continue its worldwide expansion and be in more places, more quickly, with more innovative solutions to meet clients' evolving communication requirements."
Harris CapRock Communications is a premier global provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications solutions specifically for remote and harsh environments including the energy, government and maritime markets. Harris CapRock owns and operates a robust global infrastructure that includes teleports on six continents, five 24 x 7 network operations centers, local presence in 23 countries, and over 275 global field service personnel supporting customer locations across North America, Central and South America, Europe, West Africa and Asia Pacific.
A high resolution photo is available at the following link: Tom Eaton (http://www.harris.com/images/11X01-Eaton_T-001D2.jpg).
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 $6 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(R) products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at http://www.harris.com.
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