Ann D. Davidson
Class of 2015
Ann Davidson is a seasoned corporate leader with extensive experience leading global industrial companies through successful cultural and organizational transformation to execute corporate strategies. She is adept at strategically deploying her deep experience in corporate transactions, corporate governance, enterprise risk management and complex regulatory environments to solve challenging problems. She has held leadership roles in Honeywell, Alliant Techsystems, Parker Hannifin, ITT and, most recently, Exelis. Working with global multi-functional teams, she brings a clear focus on operational excellence and increasing shareholder value to advance corporate strategies in commercial, government and international markets. Ann has led merger, acquisition, divestiture and spin-off transactions of publicly traded companies, and the governance transformation of a public company following the enactment and implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 as well as a global cultural transformation and business process improvement to achieve a high priority multi-year corporate strategies. In all of her endeavors, she deploys risk assessment, risk mitigation and risk management skills to achieve optimal results.
Since 2011, she has served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Exelis Inc., a diversified global aerospace, defense and information solutions company. Ann was a key leader on the team that formed and led the formation of Exelis in a spin-off from ITT Corporation, accomplished in October 2011. In her current role, she serves as one of the top executives of the company, participating in all strategic decisions and overseeing corporate governance and all legal activities, as well as environmental, safety, health, security, and contract management functions. In February 2015, Exelis entered into a Merger Agreement pursuant to which Harris Corporation will buy all the outstanding common stock of Exelis. Completion of the transaction, which is subject to customary conditions including shareholder approval, is expected to occur in June 2015.
Ann joined ITT Corporation in 2007 as Vice President and General Counsel of the ITT Defense & Information Solutions Group. Shortly thereafter she was named ITT’s first Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and appointed Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, reporting to the CEO and the Board of Directors, responsible world-wide for leading over 400 employees accountable for environmental, safety and health, trade compliance, security, business continuity planning, ethics and compliance programs and corporate policy management. Ann was responsible for leading the successful execution of the corporation’s top priority global strategy to resolve a federal criminal investigation, transform the company’s ethical culture and improve employee engagement over a three-year period. She led a diverse global team that successfully achieved this strategy with a strong operational excellence focus, resulting in measurable and sustainable process improvements, measurable increases in employee engagement and ethics awareness survey scores and the satisfactory conclusion of the federal investigation. In 2011, she also led the Human Resources organization for several months during a period of transition.
Prior to joining ITT, Ann held executive legal positions in several corporations, including Thales North America Inc., Alliant Techsytems Inc., Power Control Technologies, Inc. and Parker Hannifin Corporation, participating in and leading successful performance through operational excellence and growth through acquisition and increases in organic revenue. In addition to the legal and compliance fields, she has also held leadership positons in operations functions including contract management, human resources, security, configuration management, purchasing and environmental remediation.