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President and Chief Executive Officer
Textron Systems Corporation
Ellen Lord is president and chief executive officer of Textron Systems Corporation. Lord was named to this position in October 2012. She is also a member of Textron's Executive Leadership Team.
Lord previously served as senior vice president and general manager of Textron Defense Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems Corporation (TSC). She took over the leadership of Textron Defense Systems in 2011 after serving three years as the senior vice president and general manager of AAI Corporation, a fellow operating unit of TSC.
Before joining AAI, she served as vice president of integration management for TSC in Wilmington, Mass. In that position, she led the team responsible for managing the integration of AAI into the Textron family of businesses.
Prior to that, Lord was vice president of Intelligent Battlefield Systems at Textron Defense Systems, where she was responsible for a business line including unattended networked ground sensor and munitions systems. She also served as vice president of strategy for TSC, in addition to other tactical and strategic business and operations positions.
Earlier in her career, she managed proprietary and patented plastics technology for Textron Automotive Technology Center in Dover, N.H. During her tenure, she led teams that developed an innovative new family of engineering thermoplastics for automotive interiors.
Lord earned a masters degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Connecticut College. She also is a Textron Six Sigma certified Black Belt, specializing in Design for Six Sigma.