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McLean, VA, United States, 2011/07/08 - ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT) announced the appointment of retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert E. Durbin as vice president, government relations for its ITT Defense & Information Solutions segment. NYSE: ITT
In this role, he will be responsible for building productive and effective relationships with members of Congress and Congressional committees and their staffs in order to provide guidance on proposed legislation and regulation issues that have an impact on ITT Defense programs. He will also establish and maintain relationships at the senior level of the U.S. Department of Defense, military service staffs and government agencies and be a focal point for coordinating a technical interface with these customers. Additionally, he will be responsible for supporting long-range marketing strategy and business planning.
“Bob’s decades of experience in the U.S. Army will provide us with a better understanding of the needs of one of our most important customers,” said David F. Melcher, president of ITT Defense & Information Solutions. “His deep program management and strategy experience will help shape the future of ITT Defense. We are thrilled to have him on our team.”
Durbin joins ITT after more than 36 years of distinguished service with the U.S. Army and as a recognized leader within the defense community. Durbin’s military career was highlighted by troop assignments in infantry and armored divisions including battalion, brigade and division command. Most recently, he served as director of the Army Office of Business Transformation (OBT) and special assistant to the chief of staff of the Army for enterprise management, responsible for Army’s investment strategy. During previous assignments, he served as commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas.
He also served as the commanding general for the Combined Security Transition Command and Combined Forces Command for Afghanistan. At the Pentagon, Durbin served as the director of the Office of the Army Quadrennial Defense Review and, earlier, as the deputy director for program analysis and evaluation. Previously, Durbin was the deputy commanding general at Fort Hood, Texas. Durbin was also the deputy chief of staff, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command of the United States Forces Korea.
Durbin holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa. and a bachelor’s of science degree from the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Durbin also completed the Senior Service College through a fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.
About ITT Corporation
ITT Corporation (itt.com) is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company reported 2010 revenue of $11 billion.