The Honorable Ellen M. Lord
Ms. Ellen Lord served as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment from August 2017 to January 2021. Prior to her appointment, she was president and chief executive officer of Textron Systems, a multibillion-dollar company with products and services supporting defense, homeland security, aerospace, and infrastructure protection for clients around the world.
Ms. Lord is the former vice-chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and has previously served on the boards of the U.S. India Business Council and the Defense Technology Initiative. She recently was appointed to the board of AAR, a global provider of aviation services, and serves as an advisor to a number of companies.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.