Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the appointment of Jack Cronin as chief strategy officer. Effective May 24, 2010, Cronin will be responsible for the company’s comprehensive growth strategy including domestic and international business development, advanced systems and technology, strategic initiatives, and mergers and acquisitions. Cronin will report to Fred Strader, Textron Systems president and chief executive officer.

Previously, Cronin was a senior vice president of Alliant Techsystems (ATK) and president, ATK Mission Systems Group. In this position, Cronin led a complex business through a period of steady growth. Prior to ATK, Cronin was president of Raytheon Systems Ltd. in the United Kingdom where he led significant improvements in the profitability and productivity of the business. He also held senior strategy, program and engineering positions over his 20 year career with Raytheon. Cronin served as a commissioned officer and Army Aviator in the active Army and the New Hampshire National Guard. He holds a master's degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

“Jack’s experience and proven leadership in aggressively growing Defense businesses by making the most of the businesses’ talents, technologies and capabilities fits well with our focus on growing Textron Systems, developing next generation systems, and addressing our customers’ most mission-critical needs,” stated Strader.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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