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Donald HairstonDonald “Don” Hairston
L3 Technologies

President, Communication Systems-East

Don Hairston currently serves as President of L3 Technologies, Communication Systems-East (CS-East), located in Camden, NJ.  Developing advanced technologies and innovative solutions, CS-East is a recognized leader in the design, integration, and production of C4ISR and Cyber Systems.  CS-East has over sixty years’ experience developing NSA certified Type 1 cryptographic and networking solutions, and is a leading domain expert in Key Management Systems.

Don has over thirty years’ experience in the Aerospace and Defense industry and is a proven executive in high-technology businesses.  Prior to joining L3, he served as Senior Vice President for Strategy, Sales & Marketing for Meggitt focusing on Advanced Composites for aerospace applications.  Don also served in several executive positions at Textron, Cobham, and Northrop Grumman.  Before joining industry, Don held positions with the Government in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Aegis Program Office.  He brings a wealth of experience in executive management, engineering, domestic and international business development, mergers & acquisitions, international strategic alliances, and business operations.

Don holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Polytechnic and State University and completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program.  Don maintains numerous advisory roles and currently serves as a Board Member on the Business Network for Offshore Wind, where he formerly served as the Chairman.