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Harris Corporation Executive Dr. Andrew Clark
Appointed to Ocean.US Program Office
MELBOURNE, Florida, October 19, 2004 -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that Dr. Andrew Clark, president of the company's Maritime Communication Services (MCS) subsidiary, has accepted a one-year assignment with Ocean.US, an interagency program office established to design, deploy and operate a sustained Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Dr. Clark is the first industry executive invited to serve on Ocean.US; he will continue to provide executive oversight to MCS and serve in an advisory capacity to Harris throughout this temporary assignment. Dr. Clark serves as a Trustee to the Link Foundation and the Florida Institute of Technology.
The IOOS is designed to be an ocean and coastal observing and prediction system similar in function to the National Weather Service. IOOS will gather information from a variety of land-, air-, water- and space-based sensors to monitor coastal and ocean conditions. It will serve national needs for detecting and forecasting oceanic components of climate variability; facilitating safe and efficient marine operations; ensuring national security; managing resources for sustainable use; preserving and restoring healthy marine ecosystems; mitigating natural hazards; and ensuring public health.
"We're extremely pleased that Andy Clark has accepted the invitation to serve on the Ocean.US program," said Dr. Richard Spinrad, assistant administrator of NOAA's Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management. "Dr. Clark is an internationally recognized leader in the field of operational ocean observing systems, and is well regarded within NOAA as someone who gets things done. We look forward to the leadership and industry insight that he will bring to this important initiative."
"NOAA has been an important Harris customer for several decades and through this mutually beneficial assignment, Andy will help launch this vital ocean observing initiative and foster a market for our OceanNet(r) system of ocean observing buoys," said Bob Henry, corporate senior VP and president, Harris Government Communications Systems Division. "He will also continue to provide leadership and executive oversight at MCS, building on that business unit's record revenue and profitability."
Ocean.US was established as part of the US Oceans Act of 2000, and is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. Ocean.US will be staffed by key officials on temporary assignments from each of its four sponsoring agencies, as well as by administrators and scientists on loan from leading national laboratories and universities.
Harris Corporation is an international communications technology company focused on providing assured communications(tm) products, systems and services for government and commercial customers. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, tactical radio, broadcast, and microwave systems. Harris provides systems and service to customers in more than 150 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
A SPECIAL THANK-YOU
In June 2004, the Trustee torch was passed from Ronald Hendricks to Andrew Clark. Ron has served capably as a Link Foundation Trustee since June of 1995. Ron’s contributions to Simulation have been steadfast and tireless. He also made significant contributions as a Board member with his fiscal diligence. Ron will continue to be an asset for the Link Foundation as he moves into his new role as a Special Advisor.
It is with much gratitude for his exceptional past and continuing contributions that The Link Foundation Board would like to thank Ronald Hendricks.