Ellen Lord has served as a member of our board of directors since March 2021. In January 2021, Ms. Lord founded EML Enterprises, LLC providing advisory services that leverage her industry and government experience. Ms. Lord served as the first Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, leading the Department of Defense’s personnel, policy and processes for acquisition of products and services, lifecycle sustainment and the security and resiliency of the defense industrial base from August 2017 to January 2021.
Prior to her government appointment, Ms. Lord was President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron Systems, a subsidiary of Textron Corporation beginning in October 2012 where she led a broad range of products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, infrastructure protection, and customers around the world. She also served as Senior Vice President & General Manager from January 2011 to October 2012. She is the former Vice Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, which served on from 2012 until 2017 and served as Director of the U.S. – India Business Council from 2013 until 2017. Additionally, Ms. Lord served on the Task Force providing guidance for the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) “Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense” project from April 2016 to December 2016, which was formed to examine key technological trends and challenges facing the global defense industry. Ellen also served as a Trustee on the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute Foundation. Ms. Lord has served on the board of AAR Corp since April 2021, as Advisory Board Chair and Strategic Advisor for Exiger LLC since March 2021, as Senior Advisor of The Chertoff Group since March 2021, as board member of the Dell Federal Advisory Board since February 2021, as Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Fellow since April 2021, as a Senior Advisor for the Boston Consulting Group since March 2021 and as Senior Advisor at Viasat Government Systems from March 2021 until the advisory council was disbanded in September 2021.
Ms. Lord has a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, which she received in 1983 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Connecticut College, which she received in 1981. We believe that Ms. Lord is qualified to serve on our board of directors due to her extensive experience in defense acquisitions.