Vectronix Inc. announces retired Maj. Gen. Longhouser appointed CEO and President
LEESBURG, Va., April 04, 2011 – Vectronix Inc. announces that retired Maj. Gen. John Longhouser has been named chief executive officer and president of the Leesburg, Virginia-based defense technology company. Longhouser, who joined the Vectronix Inc. board of directors in October 2010, replaces David M. Buckley who stepped down in February.
Retired Maj. Gen. Jerry White, chairman of the board of Vectronix Inc., says, "John is uniquely qualified to take Vectronix Inc. to the next level of its development. And, we thank David for his vision and leadership over the past three and a half years. We wish him well in his new ventures."
Longhouser spent 33 years in the U.S. Army. He served as program manager of the Abrams Tank Systems, assistant deputy for Systems Management in the Army Secretariat, and program executive officer for Armored Systems Modernization. He also served as the military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Army, Research Development and Acquisition, and to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. He has experience with many armor units, both in peacetime and in combat.
In his last Army assignment, as Commanding Gen. of the Army's Test and Evaluation Command, Longhouser began transforming the test and evaluation process from the physical to the virtual environment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as president of MTC Technologies, a provider of professional services, logistics, and aircraft modernization, where he facilitated the sale of the business to BAE North America. Most recently, he was a consultant to the defense industry.
Longhouser was commissioned in Armor from the United States Military Academy in 1965, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Master of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1971 and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia. Longhouser is a member of the board of trustees for the National Defense Industrial Association.
Vectronix is a leader in the development of integrated handheld, module, and precision systems for observation, detection, location, and targeting solutions. Leveraging core competencies in electro-optics, laser range finding, and north-finding technologies, Vectronix supports the activities of the defense, homeland security, and law enforcement communities. Headquartered in Leesburg, Va., Vectronix Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vectronix AG of Heerbrugg, Switzerland which is owned by Sagem (Safran group). The company maintains a manufacturing operation in Newington, N.H.