Harris Corporation Names Peter Challan Vice President of Government Relations
Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has named Peter Challan, 60, vice president of Government Relations. In this position, he is responsible for the company’s relations with the U.S. Congress, the Executive Branch, and defense and aerospace industry representatives located in the Washington, D.C. area. Challan succeeds Joe Hall, who is retiring following a distinguished 20-year career with the company.
Challan joined Harris in 2005 as vice president of Washington Programs for Government Communications Systems, with responsibility for program execution and the development of new business with civilian agencies of the U.S. government. Prior to joining Harris, he was senior vice president with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He served the FAA for 35 years in leadership positions on a variety of programs and initiatives, and received numerous awards including the FAA Distinguished Service Award.
“Peter brings vast experience and a visionary leadership style to his new assignment,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris. “He will maintain our strong relationships and partnerships with the legislative bodies in Washington, and the strong linkage to Harris businesses and our growing operations presence in the D.C. area. In addition, he will serve in an enhanced role with our customers in the government agencies and the collaborative efforts we are pursuing with a number of other prime contractors.”
Challan has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from City College of New York. He is a registered professional engineer and chairman elect of the Air Traffic Control Association.
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