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New Leader At EMS Defense and Space

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EMS Technologies
: 30 August, 2010  (Company News)
EMS Technologies takes on former BAE Systems Executive to lead the Defence and Space division at the company
EMS Technologies has announced the appointment of Marion Van Fosson as vice president and general manager of the company’s EMS Defense & Space business unit, effective today. EMS Defense & Space employs over 300 people and builds leading-edge antenna and beam-management systems for mobile network-centric operations and radar battlefield visibility.

Van Fosson will serve as a member of EMS’s senior management team, reporting to John Mowell, executive director and chairman of the board.

“Marion is the ideal executive to lead EMS Defense & Space at a critical time in our evolution into a product and solutions-focused business that can deliver faster, lighter comms-on-the-move systems to the military. His experience in both the private and public sectors includes leadership positions with leading growth companies in the communications, defence and aerospace industries and serving in critical Department of Defense (DoD) program management roles – experiences that make him ideal for this role,” said Mowell.

Most recently, Van Fosson led the Military Vehicle Systems business unit for BAE Systems, the world’s second-largest global defence company. As VP and general manager, he led the division as it doubled both sales and profits, growing the group to $150 million per year in sales.

Prior to BAE, Van Fosson held senior leadership positions with Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Electro-Optical Systems business unit (formerly Litton Electro-Optical Systems), culminating in his position as the division president. In this role, he was able to quickly turn the business around through the introduction of new product lines, reorganizing business units and consolidating operations. As a result, sales increased from $90 million to $120 million, inventory was reduced by 50 percent, and gross profits increased 14 percent.

Van Fosson also enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the US Army. He served as program manager for Future Combat Systems for the US Army and the Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA), where he led the startup of a joint $60-billion program to build an optimized combat fighting system to replace three armoured vehicles. As product manager for Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below, Van Fosson oversaw all software development for FBCB2, a situational awareness and command-and-control system used by US and coalition forces to allow soldiers to share critical information.

Van Fosson said, “Joining EMS Technologies allows me to continue my service to the nation and its soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines by bringing leading-edge radar, antenna and beam-management systems to mobile network-centric operations. These technologies enable greater survivability for our servicemen and women.” He added, “I am very excited to join such a distinguished radar and communication leader as EMS Technologies. I look forward to working with the professional men and women who greet the challenge of developing these critical technologies and products in support of our nation.”

Van Fosson has a master’s degree in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a former researcher and physics faculty member at West Point, The US Military Academy.
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