Tim Thorsteinson Named President of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division
MELBOURNE, Florida, April 17, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has named Timothy E. “Tim” Thorsteinson, 52, president of the company’s Broadcast Communications Division. Mr. Thorsteinson, a 15-year veteran of the broadcast industry, had been serving as president of the Leitch Technology business unit of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division. Harris acquired Leitch in October 2005. He succeeds Jeremy C. Wensinger who is being promoted to a senior leadership position within the Harris Government Communications Systems Division.
“Tim is well known and highly respected within the broadcast industry,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “His appointment comes at an exciting time for Harris and the industry as the transition to digital technologies continues to accelerate. He has a proven track record of operational success within the industry and a vision that will keep Harris at the cutting edge of product innovation and customer responsiveness. He inherits a broadcast organization that has achieved excellent forward momentum over the past two years under the leadership of Jeremy Wensinger.”
Mr. Thorsteinson joined Leitch Technology Corporation as president and CEO in November 2003. He led the company’s financial turnaround and expansion through organic growth and acquisitions. Prior to joining Leitch, Mr. Thorsteinson was vice president of Grass Valley products for Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions, where he was responsible for a variety of product lines including switchers, server/storage units, digital news production, signal management, film imaging product lines, and TV/film production products. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Grass Valley Group.
Prior to joining Thomson/Grass Valley, Mr. Thorsteinson was with Tektronix, Inc., from 1991 to 2001. As president of the Video and Networking Division of Tektronix, he implemented a major R&D program focused on the transition of the worldwide broadcast industry from analog to digital and into the multimedia age. Previously, he served as president of Tektronix Pacific Operations, one of three units established to accelerate growth in key international markets.
Before joining Tektronix, Mr. Thorsteinson served 12 years with National Semiconductor Corporation where he designed several highly successful programs focused on process re-engineering and total quality management. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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