Defense Solutions Leadership Team

 

Brian Perry

Brian Perry
Sr VP & GM
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Kathy Barron

Kathy Barron
VP Finance & Segment Controller
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Robert Coveny

Robert Coveny
VP BD, Sales & Marketing
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Roark Mcdonald

Roark McDonald
Sr GM, Portland, OR
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Michael Tuffy

Michael Tuffy
GM, Peerless & 901D
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Kristen Walsh

Kristen Walsh
HR Director
 

Darian Wong

Darian Wong
GM, Aerospace Instrumentation
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Brian Perry
Senior Vice President & General Manager

Brian Perry is the Senior VP/GM of the Defense Solutions Division at Curtiss-Wright Corporation, which includes responsibility for multiple business units located in several countries across North America and Europe. His portfolio includes advanced and highly engineered defense electronics solutions that enhance the safety, security, and performance of the most demanding defense and aerospace applications. These extremely rugged Modular Open System Approach (MOSA) solutions are widely deployed on manned and unmanned rotorcraft, fixed wing aircraft, ground vehicles and naval platforms. Mr. Perry is responsible for all aspects of the business, including business development, program management, engineering and manufacturing operations. He brings extensive experience in technology development, systems integration, and operations management, and has demonstrated success in business integration and growth.

Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, Mr. Perry held various senior leadership roles at Mercury Systems, Suntron Corporation, Trilogic Systems, Lockheed Martin and General Electric Aerospace. Mr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science studies in controls engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Management of Technology from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

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Kathy Barron
Vice President Finance and Segment Controller

Kathy has more than 20 years’ experience with technology companies and over 15 years’ experience in the defense industry. She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from Carleton University. Kathy began her career with Deloitte in Assurance and Advisory and received her CPA in 2000. Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, she was the Assistant Controller for Mitel Networks. 

Kathy joined Curtiss-Wright in 2006 as the Assistant Controller for DY4 Systems Inc. and has held various progressive roles throughout her career. Kathy is currently the Vice President of Finance and Segment Controller for Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

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Robert Coveny
Vice President Business Development, Sales & Marketing

Bob Coveny is the Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions VP of Business Development, Sales, and Marketing, overseeing the efforts of the Global BD, Sales & Marketing teams in the US and International Markets. Mr. Coveny is a graduate of the University of Georgia, a former U.S. Air Force Officer (Master Combat Systems Officer/Instructor) with 2400+ hours in a variety of HC/MC/C-130 platforms. Mr. Coveny also served Diplomatically as a U.S Air Force Attaché while attached to U.S. Embassy Bogota, Colombia between 2000-2004.

Bob has a multitude of capture experience leading large diversified classified/unclassified program campaigns at Bell Flight (Textron), Lockheed Martin, FLIR Systems and L3Harris Technologies. Forming lasting partnerships and being responsive to customers is a hallmark of his team’s success. He is a graduate of Executive Education at both Stanford University & The Wharton School of Business.

Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, Mr. Perry held various senior leadership roles at Mercury Systems, Suntron Corporation, Trilogic Systems, Lockheed Martin and General Electric Aerospace. Mr. Perry holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science studies in controls engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA in Management of Technology from the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

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Roark McDonald
Senior General Manager, Portland, OR

Roark McDonald leads a portfolio of small form factor tactical communications, mission computing, and networking solutions in the PacStar and Parvus product lines. Mr. McDonald joined Curtiss-Wright in October 2022, and he manages business operations at Curtiss-Wright's Portland, OR facility. Prior to joining Curtiss-Wright, Mr. McDonald served as Sr. VP & GM of Cubic Corporation's GATR Technologies. His career also includes leadership roles in Northrop Grumman.

He graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Michael Tuffy
General Manager, Peerless & 901D

Michael has over 30 years of experience in the defense industry, and he was hired by Peerless Instrument in 1991 as an Electrical Design Engineer. In 2004, Mike was promoted to Director of Engineering to supervise and lead the Electrical, Mechanical and Software Engineering departments. Additional responsibility included leading the Purchasing, Quality and Estimating departments starting in 2009.

After the acquisition of 901D in December 2019, Michael was assigned as the integration lead for 901D. In 2022, Michael was promoted to Senior Director to be the Site Lead for 901D. After Fred Borah’s retirement in late 2022, Michael was promoted to General Manager for the Peerless Group.

Prior to joining Peerless Instrument, Michael obtained his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University. Michael has participated in numerous Curtiss-Wright Leadership training programs.

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Darian Wong
General Manager, Aerospace Instrumentation

Darian has over 24 years of experience in the defense industry. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, received his Master's Degree (MS) in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University in 2004, and received his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland in 2013. Darian began his career as a software engineer working on the Patriot Radar at Raytheon.

At Curtiss-Wright, he moved into a Product Management role in 2005, leading the high-performance computing software product line. In 2010, Darian moved into a Business Unit Director role managing businesses in the US and the UK. Darian is currently the General Manager of the Aerospace Instrumentation group at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

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