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William Jeffrey Joins SRI International as President and CEO
MENLO PARK, Calif.—June 24, 2014 — SRI International today announced that William Jeffrey, Ph.D., President and CEO of HRL Laboratories, will become SRI’s President and CEO effective September 1, 2014. SRI’s current President and CEO Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D., earlier this year announced his retirement from those roles to become Vice Chairman for Innovation when his successor was selected.
“The Board of Directors and I are very appreciative to Curt Carlson for his service and accomplishments during his 16 years as SRI’s ninth and longest-term President and CEO. Under Curt’s leadership, SRI has grown, expanded, and made a significant impact on the world through its innovative work,” said Mariann Byerwalter, SRI’s Chairman of the Board.
Byerwalter continued, “William Jeffrey brings a wealth of experience from the government and commercial sectors to SRI, including 25 years in R&D and science and technology policy. I am looking forward to Bill’s leadership and contributions as he continues to build the SRI innovation powerhouse.”
“SRI International is such an accomplished research organization, it’s an honor to be selected as its new President and CEO,” said Jeffrey. “SRI’s mission is timeless and its legacy of innovations peerless. I am looking forward to working with its executive team and R&D staff, and with its clients and partners, to advance SRI’s vision to be the premier, independent source of high-value innovations.”
Jeffrey has been President and CEO of HRL Laboratories since 2008. HRL Laboratories, LLC (founded as the Hughes Research Laboratory in 1948 and based in Malibu, California) is a corporate R&D laboratory owned by The Boeing Company and General Motors. HRL conducts R&D in sensors and materials, information and systems sciences, applied electromagnetics, and microelectronics for its LLC member companies, the U.S. government, and other commercial companies.
Prior to HRL, Jeffrey served in the Bush Administration as Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He also served in the Executive Office of the President as Senior Director for Homeland and National Security and as the Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Earlier in his career, he was the Deputy Director for the Advanced Technology Office and Chief Scientist for the Tactical Technology Office at DARPA and the Assistant Deputy for Technology at the Defense Airborne Reconnaissancze Office. Jeffrey started his professional career at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).
Jeffrey is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, an elected Honorary Member of the International Society of Automation, a recipient of the 2008 Navigator Award from the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, and a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He is a member of the Board of Directors of TE Connectivity Ltd. Jeffrey received his M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University and his B.Sc. in physics from MIT.