David F. Melcher
Chief Executive Officer and President, Exelis Inc.
David F. Melcher is Chief Executive Officer and President of Exelis, a top-tier
global aerospace, defense and information solutions company. With strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets, Exelis is a leader in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) related products and systems, and in information and technical services for military, government and commercial customers.
Melcher joined Exelis in August 2008 as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for ITT Defense and Information Solutions -- then an operating segment of ITT Corporation. He was appointed President of ITT Defense in December 2008 and led the company for three years, preparing it to become a Fortune 500 public company on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2011. At that time, he was appointed by the board as Chief Executive Officer and President of Exelis.
Under Melcher’s leadership, Exelis established an employee volunteer service program in November 2012 to support service members, veterans and their families. The Exelis Action Corps provides opportunities for employees, and their friends and family, to give back to those who selflessly serve our nation.
Lieutenant General (Ret.) Melcher joined the company following 32 years of service in the U.S. Army. His career was highlighted by troop assignments, including battalion and brigade command in Infantry and Armored divisions, and high-level military leadership and staff positions. As a general officer, he served in the Pentagon as the Army’s Military Deputy for Budget, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs (G8). He also served as Commanding General of the Corps of Engineers – Southwestern Division in Dallas, Texas.
He has more than 25 years of defense community experience in program management, strategy development and finance, and working with key decision makers within the Army, Department of Defense, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.
Melcher holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and two masters’ degrees, one in business administration from Harvard University and another in public administration from Shippensburg University. He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire, and a former White House Fellow who served as the Executive Assistant for the Director, Office of Management and Budget in the White House. He is a member of the Executive Committees for the Aerospace Industries Association, belongs to the National Defense Industrial Association, and serves on the board of directors of Exelis Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc. In October 2014, he received the Association of the U.S. Army John W. Dixon award for contributions to the defense industry.